Brandi Glanville, the former “Real Housewives of Beverley Hills” star, is coping with second degree burns on her face after a cosmetic treatment went awry.
The television personality, 48, says she was using a light treatment to treat and outbreak of psoriasis. But she overdid it.
She singed off her eyelashes, burned the retinas in her eyes and suffered painful injuries to her face. She says she couldn’t open her eyes for several days.
Brandi shared a close-up photo of part of her face without make-up on Twitter after her appearance was criticized during an “Instagram Live” broadcast earlier this week,
“So this happened to me in December; 2nd degree burns all over my face from an accident with a psoriasis light I am still healing.”
The process, known as phototherapy, is typically prescribed by a dermatologist, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation.
Phototherapy involves exposing the skin to ultraviolet light on a regular basis and under medical supervision.
Treatments can be done in a health care provider’s office or psoriasis clinic or at home with a phototherapy unit. The key to success with light therapy is consistency.
The excimer laser, approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating chronic, localized psoriasis plaques, emits a high-intensity beam of UVB.
But there are drawbacks.
For one, ultraviolet rays can cause progressive and gradual damage to your skin on a molecular level. This premature aging of the skin is also known as photoaging, according to health references.
Exposure to high amounts of artificial ultraviolet light also increases your risk of developing skin cancer. The more treatments you undergo and the fairer your skin, the higher your risk of getting skin cancers.
Light therapy can suppress your immune system, leaving your body open to diseases, infections, and skin cancers.
It’s usually prescribed with other treatments when conservative therapies fail to provide relief and is especially useful for moderate to severe psoriasis covering large portions of the body, according to Very Well Health.
Second degree burns are unusual, but a mild sunburn is possible. It is at it’s worst about eight hours after the treatment and fades over the next few days.
A severe blistering burn is rare when UVB is properly administered but can happen, according to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology.
“I’m OK but you know it happened in December I’m still swollen and having people attack my looks just makes me feel like I never wanna leave my house and I just want to cry,” Glanville told a fan.
“My retinas were burned my eyelashes burned off I couldn’t open my eyes [for] three days the light was so painful.”
Brandi explained her injuries were sustained when she misunderstood the instructions she’d received from her doctor.
“It was an accident obviously my doctor told me to hold the light over my face for 17.3 what I thought were minutes but it was seconds,” she said.
“Completely my fault. It was suppose to help the psoriasis that was overtaking my face from stress.”
Brandi was reluctant to speak out or show the extent of her injuries, but felt she had to defend herself following the criticism of her looks.
“Honestly it’s not something I want it out there or I wanted to share at all and it was so depressing but I just feel like I have to defend myself I’m still healing,” she tweeted.