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  1. Tazorac users - quick question

    You want to continue using the Tazorac for the long-term as the best results occur after 1 year. Still how often you use this medication is depending on your reaction and skin tolerance. Some people can do it daily with minimal side effects and others will do it every other day or two days on and one day off, etc...I personally used Tazorac daily and took a break once a week. I now use Retin-A and continue the same pattern. But overall you still want to continue using this medication, as for how often the best answer is it depends on you.
  2. Keloids and Accutane Helpppp PLEASE

    I think after you finish your course of accutane, it is recommended to wait 6-12 months for most facial surgeries, you may want to ask a dermatologist about this.
  3. Acne Scab

    Right now just consider putting a thick moisturizer on it like Eucerin or Aquaphor. Or if you are not sensitive to it than you can put Petroleum Jelly (Vaseline). The best thing to do is to keep it moist and that will speed up the healing process.
  4. Fatal Accutane treatment and scars (PHOTOS)

    I have never used the eCo2 laser, so I cannot tell you anything from personal experience about it. I do not think your skin is so bad to need the eCo2 laser, but like I said I have never used it so I do not know much about it. I do hear there are more potential side effects of the eCo2 laser compared to vbeam or excel V, but the potential benefits are supposed to be greater too. I had a friend try TCA peel and she liked it a lot and looked great afterwards, and she had similar shallow scars like you, so that can definitely be an option down the road.
  5. Fatal Accutane treatment and scars (PHOTOS)

    I have had vbeam and excel V done before and in my experience there is less chance for side effects when there is no purpura (bruising). Laser genesis is better than both Vbeam and Excel V for stimulating collagen and supposedly it is considered a very low risk procedure with practically no downtime because in order to get the benefits of Laser Genesis it requires at least 5-6 treatments spread apart by a month each...this will gradually improve texture and stimulate collagen slowly (most people do not see results until the third treatment. For vbeam or excel V I did not see a lot of collagen stimulation, but that was just my experience and I only got it for redness and Telangiectasias. As for IPL, I have never tried it, but I have seen more bad side effect stories with IPL compared to Vbeam, Excel V, or Laser Genesis, so that usually scares me away from IPL.
  6. Fatal Accutane treatment and scars (PHOTOS)

    I am very sorry that you had this reaction to the isotretinoin, I can understand how difficult this must be for you. The good news is that any scarring you may have looks very shallow, so I do think that a lot of the scarring can fill in on its own. Before looking at any type of treatments to fix the potential scarring, I would wait for all the scabs, active acne, and hyperpigmentation to heal which could take up to a year and then you will get a better view on what treatments may need to be done. Given that your scarring is probably going to be shallow at best, microneedling/dermapen, may be best for you with a low risk of side effects, compared to Fraxel Laser. The vbeam as the above poster mentioned can be an option, but I would recommend it for when your scabbing and active acne has resolved.
  7. What kind of scars is this ? Keloid ?

    No its not a keloid if it is only a couple days old. It is not even a scar if it is a couple days old. At this point it is most likely a scab that will flatten out, but remain red for a little while. But I highly doubt you will get a scar from this
  8. Wow that is pretty cool. By this logic Epiduo should be granted OTC too since it just combines benzoyl peroxide and differin
  9. Question about Sunscreen

    10 minutes is nothing really unless you are on a retinoid, but I still highly doubt that you will get a sunburn. But to answer your question, the sunscreen will not be effective anymore if you put it on at 8AM and go out at 12PM. Typically sunscreen should be reapplied every 2 hours, but for some people who are more prone to sun burns or on a retinoid every hour or 80 minutes may be necessary, but only if you are out in the sun.
  10. Broken capillaries

    Vbeam or Excel V is considered more effective than IPL and is usually more gentle on the skin. If you tell the practitioner not to bruise you using the Vbeam than you will only be red for a few days with some mild swelling. Some people swear by bruising, and others do not, but with bruising there is a greater chance of side effects. The Excel V is relatively new and is supposed to be better than the Vbeam. Bruising is rare with this machine, but you will have more noticeable swelling for a few days. So the decision is yours, but either of these should be your next bet to get rid of the broken capillaries.