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  1. Sudden scarring on cheeks, old accutane user

    Oh my god there is no such thing as candida and leaky gut, it's pseudo science at best. It doesn't even deserve a proper argument. It could be a ton of things but honestly, no her gut is not leaking nor is candida out of control (candida exists in all of us and the only ones with systematic candida - overgrowth are HIV patients who have a lowered immunsystem). Honestly, I'm tired of all the bullshit you are spreading with low immunsystem or whatnot if you have acne/scarring there is absolutely nothing that proves this outrageous claim of yours. Acne is actually the body responding, if we had lowered immunsystem then we wouldn't even get acne. (I'm not going to respond beyond this - because frankly I can't be bothered to start another argument with you - but I wanted to offer another point of view before people start starving themselves to get rid off "candida" which is actually part of our biology and completely normal) It could be a lack of hyaluronic acid, perhaps get some supplements (good ones like Solgar).
  2. Alitrude, how are you feeling now? Did you have any improvements? I'm going in for February for my first one with the same doctor so please let me know about your experience I'm really curious!
  3. Unfortunately, it didn't. Not many showed up and as of now I don't have the time as I have uni and work. But, I do encourage a get together. If anyone can host please post here!
  4. Meeting Thursdays at 6 PM (GMT+1) Will post link here that will take you to chat during date and time (can also add you if you have gmail account) Anyone interested in a virtual support group? We could meet to talk about whatever, to just support each other with treatments/day to day challenges. Whatever you feel like you need to talk about when it comes to scarring and such... You would be able to come and go as you wish. It might be nice to meet people with the same problems? We'll set something up (if enough people are interested) for just one time and see how it goes. This would be a place free of judgement where we can just be ourselves. Since it will be impossible to meet face-to-face we thought doing it over Skype/google hangouts might be an idea.... If you are uncomfortable with talking face to face until you know people better just dim your lights you can decide how much you show people and how long you want to be there - all you have to do is exit the conversation! If you want to be anonymous get a fake account or change your name! If you are interested hit me up (message me).
  5. I know it sucks. But honestly I know my first treatment I had some really weird things happen for the first month. Please put it aside for now. Message me if you need to talk. I have been there.
  6. Did infini destroy my skin?

    Yes. After procedures like these your skin can do really weird things! Try to understand that these things are scary and so there is a lot of anxiety involved. Try to take a step back and evaluate your skin in a month or two (preferably three) to see what the real effects are. Yes, it can temporarily trick you into thinking it looks worse (perhaps swelling in some areas etc - sometimes your skin has moments when it depresses like that but may resolve in the end). However, why did you do INFINI? What did you pay for that? The only thing I found is worth the money at this point is 'mini subcisions' with saline injections (50 pounds every other month) or micro-droplet injections of silicone (a bit more expensive maybe two grand for three sessions). Large oral dose of HA would probably be good to take everyday too since I know your think your skin is being a bit volatile.
  7. Yes. There is definitely hope. However, you should never feel embarrassed! Feel proud because you have to be stronger than other people. Take this time to reflect on why you feel embarrassed about something you had no control of. I am confident that one day you'll get what you want. Start researching subcision/saline with subcision/ dermpen/ single needling/ TCA cross. And, the thing that might do it all: micro-droplet silicone injections but do try to exhaust every other option before because silicone might be a huge risk as it is permanent. Good luck. And, remember there is a lot of us and we all live with acne scars. And, I for one am not embarrassed about that. I am just me and some parts are "better" and some are different (like these scars). But, that's okay. It's okay to not look like everyone else.
  8. Hey guys, happy that more want to join! I'm in Italy again but I get back in 10 days... so how about we set something up for real this time the 17th? Please let me know by message if you can make it otherwise I won't set anything up... I think there is a max of 10 but I thought 5 in each group might be nice as a start. But, I need to know how many we are first so let me know if you can make it and what time is good for you (daytime GMT+1 best!!)
  9. Is there anything I can do?

    I know, it happens to us all... Sometimes it just gets to you. There is a ton of things you can do though. If you are on a budget I would start dermarolling with a 2 mm every 3-4 months (but can take up to 12 months to see results). But I saw best improvements from subcision and Juvaderm Hydrate (at the same time). It costs me maybe £350 every time (depends on how much you use). However, unfortunately these stupid scars will probably always hang around. I find getting some improvements from treatments coupled with therapy and trying to love yourself as you are is a great way to combat the anxiety. Let me know if you want to know anything else.
  10. Is there anything I can do?

    Yes there are a ton of things you can do. Start with a round of subcision - needling - filler (or Restylane Vital/juvaderm hydrate) every 3-4 months perhaps? Your scarring is not that bad and you're really good looking, try to fix all that anxiety and stuff in your head too if you can. I promise once you do your imperfections won't have this much power over you. Good luck!
  11. There are a ton of people writing depressing things here yet I don't see you removing their posts? I am pretty sure no one is equipped to deal with anyones issues here that should not mean that every time someone is in a bad place they should get blocked because people feel like they are 'depressing.' The whole point with this forum is for people to share (usually it is about depressing stuff I admit but that hasn't gotten anyone a warning before). Honestly, I do find your response to this woman inappropriate. You could have just let her have her say and that would have been that. She didn't continue posting until you attacked her with how much she "lies" and how "depressing" she is. Yet, she is not lying. A bit overzealous I admit. Why not just acknowledge her pain by letting her know you are sorry for what she has been through and then leaving it alone. I just don't understand how you can respond this way, this is a human being.
  12. First, this woman has obviously been hurt by Dr. Lim and that she is speaking up about that does hardly mean an "obsession and a psychosis." Secondly, I have not seen many posts by her and I have been here for some time so your statement that she "defame and create hostility any time a doctors name is mentioned" is quite perplexing. I don't think she is "causing others to have a bad experience" at all. She is just afraid of what has happened to her. "He cannot speak here to defend himself." Well, he does have you right? However, how is she suppose to defend herself? I thought this forum was suppose to welcome real patient's experiences. I find it interesting that you speak to her with such venom, what do you hope to achieve by this? Yes. She might write a lot about her experience but so what? Why do you care so much? If she decided that she would like to breach her legal contract that is her choice this forum does not belong to the medical community but to the community as a whole. Please don't tell someone that has been betrayed like this that they should seek emotional help, that is the equivalent of bullying.
  13. dr mei heng tan ruined my face!

    She is obviously hurt. This forum should be for the benefit of patients not doctors. These things need to be out here for patients (like us) when we make a decision. This is the only way we have any power. I am so sorry this happened to you. How does it look like today? Did it get any better? Why did he use lasers around your eyes?? I hope anyone considering him will see this before they agree to something they might regret. I am very sorry this happened to you, please let me know if you were able to fix it?
  14. Low Fat Diet Is Clearing My Skin

    I have been vegan myself. I know from experience that you need meat once or twice a week. Trying to get all vitamins/minerals from a vegan diet is exhausting. I'm not sure this can be called 'brainwashed.' Don't worry you can continue eating whatever you want however I want people to understand that being vegan does not equal acne-free. However, a plant based organic whole food diet can do wonders for acne. Also, if people should go down this road they need to know how serious it is to control vitamin/mineral uptake. There is no proof that your acne came from eating fats, as correlation does not imply causation. I'm pretty sure the fats daily requirement takes into account what you need to absorb certain vitamins/minerals, so it does matter if you are eating 10% of this amount. You don't just need a little bit of fats you need a specific % everyday which you now have decided against. This is your choice however I am offering everyone a second opinion on the matter.
  15. dr mei heng tan ruined my face!

    Don't take down your review! Don't let them win. This is the only power we have as a consumer.
  16. dr mei heng tan ruined my face!

    I'm so sorry this happened to you! This is awful. I hope you can get the word out. Don't give up! You have every right to speak up. These doctors need to be accountable for their work. Could you take a picture of it and have it there along side your review? You can't fight actual evidence. I think people will be more open if they see it. Are you able to change doctor? Have you talked to them about some compensation? Tell them you will upload a picture of it if they do not help you.
  17. Low Fat Diet Is Clearing My Skin

    The oil from what you eat is different from the oil of your skin. The oil on your skin does not produce acne either, as you can have oily skin and not acne. There is a collection of things that happen when you get acne. Fats are very important to absorb soluble vitamins, like vitamin A, D and K, that are vital to help your body fight the aftermath of acne so you do not scar. You also need A and D to fight acne in the first place so you need fats. That is why you need to take Accutane (a kind of vitamin A) with a fatty meal. For everyone that are thinking of trying this, it is not a good idea to experiment by removing fats, carbs or proteins. Eat organic/local whole foods instead with lots of veggies, fruits and quality meats. You can try to eat beef liver for the vitamin A. I implore you to seek professional advice before going into veganism or other extreme diets so you know you get everything you need. Veganism does not only lack B12 and Zinc but other B vitamins, as well as retinol (as Accutane is made up of it), Selenium (proven to help acne) and choline. Furthermore, It is not clear whether supplements contribute the same quality of vitamins/minerals as food does. Also, supplements are not regulated to you will never be sure if you are getting enough/or any. However, it must be noted that some might do very well on these diets but there is no telling what the long term effects will be. Furthermore, you need fats to absorb certain vitamins, so you need to think of what the long term effects will be when you are no longer absorbing them.
  18. dr mei heng tan ruined my face!

    That sounds awful. I'm sorry! Is there anything you can do? Could you be more specific about "he lies a lot and has no idea what he's doing"? It is good so people can hear it from someone if they are thinking of getting him as a doctor. As a side note, I do believe a lot of these doctors are quite weird. I felt it too with Dr. Chu. Very aggressive and do not take responsibility for anything that happens. Moreover, they do not explain the process at all but expect you to accept it or move on to another doctor. It makes it very hard for us as we essentially carry all the burden. Is there any way we can change these laws so we feel safer?
  19. dr mei heng tan ruined my face!

    What did he do? Actually I have seen some of his recent pictures and they don't really look all that good. He uses an incredible amount of fillers but it looks weird and unnatural. Also, it would obviously be incredibly expensive to keep it up.
  20. Do you have some success though? A little I suppose. You can't see it in every lighting and not from further than 1 meter away. But, it'll never be perfect though. It might have been easier to just accept. But, it is nice to know that you can achieve improvements. However, as OP said, you are pretty damaged though by this stuff. Even if it all went away I could never go back to my old life. But, some good things come of it too. I appreciate life more and I am more empathetic towards other people. I am smarter too because I've spent so much time studying instead of partying haha.
  21. Well I have been on Accutane. Low dose (10-20 mg for 7 months). I am now 2.5 years post I believe? However, I had an eating disorder that I fixed, I do no longer use makeup and use only Vaseline/Jojoba on my face. I did not get that kind of acne back. Yep I do get zits, but they don't grow like they used to. They are very small. I did get a couple a few months ago but they went away in a week or so. Mostly I get some acne if I pick. So yes, sometimes you need help. Accutane did really help with that. However, it might have given me scarring. The thing is, in a way we are lucky we will always attract real people because acne/scarring will filter out all the shallow ones. I'm actually quite sure I'll be fine. Yep when someone gets really close they might react, but oh well, not sure what I am suppose to do about that? I'll go get some treatments and that is that I suppose. The only thing I have a hard time with is the fact that in the mornings/noon my scarring doesn't show so a lot of people hit on me and then when they start to show you see them change attitude. I had one guy I lived with that would do this everyday! Everyday! Whenever it looked bad he would ignore me. It was mentally challenging for sure. Haha. There are some real assholes out there. This is why I problems dating, I look differently every day, how am I suppose to date with that? Pretty day time, less so at night time. Urgh, oh well. I suppose it is nice to look nice half of the day at least. If I go to sleep for 3+ hours I can get the effect again but I mean who has time for that? Oh I really need to go home early so I can sleep for three hours before my date so he won't see my scarring? Haha can you imagine?
  22. Well that is quite sad. I suppose you are just gonna hide away until you die? I suppose only perfect people get to live fun lives? Damn, you will regret not trying when it is all over. I can't believe you are going to let these ideals rob you of your life and happiness. Don't you ever think what if? What if people don't really care and it is in my head? (There are always exceptions and assholes so you can't say "that one person said this and that and therefore I am ugly") For everyone with the same mindset: take it slow. Go up in the morning and do some exercise (30 min jog or 15 min HIIT) start your day with some fun comedy series and a really nice breakfast. Try to slowly make changes in your life to remove all this negativity that is pulling you down (change work, friends, maybe even move to another town/country). Get a hobby (read, hiking, cooking etc). If you are still a negative mess at the end of the day do 15 min exercise (or a 20 min jog). Make some tea and watch a really good movie / hang out with friends / read a book. Do not look in a mirror. Ignore it completely. It doesn't matter just keep moving. One day you'll look and you will see that it really doesn't matter. It is just there. It doesn't make you ugly. They are scars but that's okay.
  23. Yeah. It will be difficult if you think it is a problem. Listen, it is not your fault that you have acne. Do you understand? Keep your head high. Do not let these thoughts bring you down. It will be difficult at first but you will be alright. Please look at this (it might help to see other people talk about it): Your mother said something incredibly insensitive I agree. Please sit down with here today and tell her exactly how you feel. Perhaps things will change if you open up a dialogue between the two of you. Lots of people go through acne at school, however, there are a lot of negative people on here that might not accurately reflect how people live with acne. You should definitely not feel like this. I know acne is hard, but it will pass.
  24. Cool I'll try to set something up this weekend... How about Saturday day time? Around 1 PM (GMT+1)? Let me know if you want to join!
  25. Yeah life can really be tough sometimes, however if you don't try to make it work you are losing out. Trust me, no one cares if you are unhappy and miserable. So, be happy or at least try to find the good things in life. It is quite literally for your own sake. Every heard 'There are two types of people, those with a strong mind and those with a weak one, one will become stronger as they face adversity as the other becomes bitter' (I'm sure I'm not remembering this quote correctly but it was something like that haha). Who would you rather be though? This way of thinking has got me through some stuff since I refuse to be weak. I have been through some really bad stuff too and some days are really quite difficult, but it is getting better (I'm 26... When I was 20 everything was amplified). It gets better. I promise. Good luck!