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22/08/13 - Improvements

Posted by CookieJ, 22 August 2013 · 505 views

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So I think it's been 2 weeks since I started using BP again. Things have improved by quite a bit, which is good news. Everytime it comes to taking pictures, I'm reluctant. But whatever, IDGAF anymore.
 
To be specific, the side views seem to have improved a lot. Front has improved too.
 
I've avoided doing my hair / putting anything in it because I fear it'll affect my skin, so I feel weird taking pics like this. I've also avoided shaving for the last week or so (luckily I don't get hairy) to avoid any possible irritation around my chin area.
 
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I've only been using BP for my face, nothing else. I haven't had back/chest/shoulder acne in a long time. I must have grown out of it, barring the occasional pimple. All I use for my body is a natural shower gel. If my body has grown out of it, why can't my face???
 
My chest has some old nasty keloid scars, which have basically ruined any confidence I had about my body. Posted Image I decided to upload them anyway. A long time ago, the doctors prescribed a steroid tape to put on them. This reduced the size/flattened them A LOT, but once I stopped using it, they came back bigger. This is why I no longer trust doctors.
 
As for my back, you can see still marks where the acne used to be. Unfortunately I don't have any before pictures for this, but it used to be quite bad.
 
Anyways, 5 weeks 'til I go back to uni. Posted Image




I hope your fairing with these scars. I too am a victim of keloid scars not only on my chest but few on my neck. My confidence has been once again derailed after building it up from a previous severe acne. On top of that I was stubborn to go to a dermatologist again after a bad experience with my first and second. In December I went to a new dermatologist who has been great. Took Accutane for 5 months, this month will be my 1st month of Accutane free and the results are awesome. Dry lips and skin are the side affects I experienced.

Anyways I've been getting kenalog shots aka steroid shots and I've noticed improvement. I was told that my scars will flatten out and that the redness will deminish. I'll be left with shiny scars is how she put it.

What I would like to know is how are you doing? Any progress? How's your social life? Have you shown your chest scars to anyone apart from these pictures? These keloid scars are draining me little by little. I'm 19 and i could get a GF anytime but I'm afraid of how she'll act once she feels/sees my scars. Hopefully mine will flatten and so will yours bro.

I hope your fairing with these scars. I too am a victim of keloid scars not only on my chest but few on my neck. My confidence has been once again derailed after building it up from a previous severe acne. On top of that I was stubborn to go to a dermatologist again after a bad experience with my first and second. In December I went to a new dermatologist who has been great. Took Accutane for 5 months, this month will be my 1st month of Accutane free and the results are awesome. Dry lips and skin are the side affects I experienced.

Anyways I've been getting kenalog shots aka steroid shots and I've noticed improvement. I was told that my scars will flatten out and that the redness will deminish. I'll be left with shiny scars is how she put it.

What I would like to know is how are you doing? Any progress? How's your social life? Have you shown your chest scars to anyone apart from these pictures? These keloid scars are draining me little by little. I'm 19 and i could get a GF anytime but I'm afraid of how she'll act once she feels/sees my scars. Hopefully mine will flatten and so will yours bro.


Hey man, just got an email about this comment (haven't been on here in almost 2 years)...

When I used benzoyl peroxide cream before, even though I was relatively clear, my skin still looked unhealthy and dull in person. So I decided to go back on antibiotics and avoid using products on my skin. I've used erythromycin and doxycycline - both worked really well. In fact my skin is the clearest it's ever been in a long long time. The only problem of course is that once I stop taking this stuff, my skin will probably go back to being worse again, But at least I;m not using strong gels on my skin for now.

As for my scars, unfortunately they got a lot worse... WheN I was using benzoyl peroxide, I was only using it on my face, not my chest because the skin is really sensitive. I didn't get many breakouts on my chest anyway, but whenever I did, it almost always led to a keloid because of the inflammation and clothes rubbing. I had to moisturise and be careful with everything to avoid the keoid developing. I went on like this for too long, and my keloids gradually got slightly bigger (and I got 1-2 more since then, all on my chest area).
Since being back on antibiotics I don't have a problem because the breakouts and inflammation is gone.

As far as I know the best treatment for keloids is the steroid injection thing, but where I live it's expensive (like £100-200 per session) and required multiple sessions possibly for years. I'm not sure if I can afford it and I'm worried it won't work anyway.

I've told a few of my friends and my Dad, but i don't think they understand the impact of having them. And when I showed one of my friends once, he was shocked I could tell, but then pretended it was nothing

I'm the same as u man. I basically never pursue relationships/opportunities anymore because of my keloids. i always think "what's the point, when she sees me witho9ut my shirt she'll think im disgusting" etc. It's ruined my confidence a lot. I used to be outgoing and sociable, now I'm more introverted and do my own thing, cycling,studies,family etc.

I hope your treatment works. Flat/shiny scars is better than hard lumps I have to admit

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