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Neca,

I am responding to your search for anyone who has purchased either the "Verilux HappySkin Lamp" or the "Dima-Tech Acne Lamp." Several months ago, I too was researching both of those products and after much deliberation, finally chose to purchase the "Verilux HappySkin Lamp." I will do my best to inform you of my experience as I completely understand your desperate hope to reduce your skin problem.

The HappySkin Lamp did seem to reduce a fair amount of active acne, but the results were not dramatic enough for me to keep the product for $200+. However, if money isn't a concern for you and you are in dire need to tame the breakouts, it may be something you really want to consider. Do note, you really have to be disciplined about using the product for at least 15 minutes for the required amount of "consecutive" days. Realize that this is attacking the bacteria issue and not the oil production issue. If bacteria is your only concern, than this may be just right for you. I, however, needed to also address the oil production front. I should mention, the company (Verilux) was very pleasant to deal with and they honored their money back guarantee without any problems whatsoever. So, you really have nothing to lose except for shipping costs. As for ease of use, it was very simple and seemed to be quite safe (they provide goggles as well).

After trying this product, I decided to look a little further into the light therapies and after a great amount of researching, found a dermatologist (Dr. Jay, hope that is okay to reveal) in NYC that specializes in Intense Pulsed Light Therapy. I completely lucked out as he is extremely diligent, well-informed, and kind. I have been to so many dermatologists and I must say that this doctor is exceptional. Upon meeting him, he immediately showed great compassion for how much anguish the acne had been causing and provided comfort in his determination to rectify the problem. He explained in much detail, the causes and all the possible treatment options, as well as personally performing the Intense Pulsed Light procedures himself.

I can tell you that after years of struggling with acne; after spending an enormous amount money on products and an unbelievable amount of time trying different things to find a solution, and what seems to be very unfair amount of energy wasted on this topic that it seems that I FINALLY found something. I don't even want to say the acne is cured... b/c after everything I have been through, I don't want to jinx it. But, let's just say that Intense Pulsed Light Therapy may be a route for you to investigate. Since Dr. Jay caters the treatment specifically to each individual client and doesn't only use the Light Therapy for treatment, I cannot be 100% certain that my results are due solely (or at all) from the Light Therapy (I have also been using oral and topical anti-biotics too). However, I have used them in the past (as well as trying just about everything imagineable... i.e.: Retin-A, Benzoyl Peroxide, Alpha Hydroxy Acid, Beta Hydroxy Acid, Salycilic Acid, Vitamin Therapy, B5 Megadoses, Hormone Therapy, Spiroaldactone, Differin Gel, Tazorac, Triaz, Sumycin, Minocyclin, and the list goes on and on and on... basically, everything except for Accutane) and did not have the same results. So, it makes sense to deduce that the IPL is what is making the difference.

If you do decide to look into this, please be aware that (from what I have been told), you should be extremely careful about who you choose to perform any type of Laser or Pulsed Light Therapy on you, as it does have the potential to scar.

I hope I have helped you and answered your questions. Wishing you the best of luck. Please do not give up hope and know that there are others who completely feel your pain!