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  1. I NEED HELP!

    Hello everyone! I'm realy bad at english (can read, but cant write) Thta's my situation right about now I am on accutane now) Is there something that i can do?
  2. My Acne Scars

    Hi everyone, this is my first post. As the pictures show I've got some pretty bad acne scars, and I've finally decided to do something about it. They're the reason my confidence is low, and confidence is king. What type of acne scars do I have? I was looking at Belafill. Would that work for my case? The reason is because the results are immediate, and I don't mind getting it re-done every "x" amount of months until some better treatment comes out (hopefully within 5 years). I would love and greatly appreciate it to hear your thoughts. Thanks, Guardian
  3. *takes a deep breath* Hi everyone, I have a few photos below of my scarring that I've been suffering from for the past 16 years - since freakin' puberty!! Unfortunately, it completely changed me from an outgoing individual to someone much more shy and self-conscious. I'm so tired of all the looks and of course getting asked THAT question as to what happened to my face (mostly children of friends/etc. at random moments) - SO EMBARRASSING!! It's sad, but I've almost accepted what I have had to endure for so long but I'd really like to get rid of these once and for all. Please take a look at my photos (sorry for the depressed/"dead eyes" look haha) and assist me with putting this all behind me so that I can finally be free of this burden. Also, I am located in Austin, Texas and am really at a loss as to where to even go. Most places I've looked up charge you $100 just for the consultation... which really adds up when just trying to get a feel for what a doctor and their office can do for you. On top of that, I, of course, want to know that I am in good, experienced hands when it comes to repairing my acne scars and not with someone who just so happens to have it on their menu of services as a side treatment they offer. Thanks everyone in advance! Couple months ago.
  4. Warning: Long as Hell I'm going to include many things I've experienced in the past with my skin (not just the current issue) so that anyone reading this can hopefully take something away from it. And so that the history of my skin is not an unknown variable in what happened to me. Today: My entire face is wrecked right now. And I don't know what to do, I'm pacing around my house,losing sleep, sobbing constantly, I'm scared to death. ...What happened was...I had gotten a little acne from not washing my face or taking care of myself properly for about 6 months (Feb-July '16) because another issue that has been going on in my life. It was the type of acne you get from really neglecting your skin, NOT by actively attacking, but just basically leaving it out to dry. I was not worried and was sure as long as I got back into my routine, that it would go away. Besides the few blemishes, my skin itself was still great even though I was really strung out regarding other things. (Insomnia, gained 25 lbs, barely moving a muscle, fatigued) As before this happened I was being complimented on my skin everywhere I went, it was dewy and clear and honestly as close to perfect as most people are going to get, people still Thought I was 16 years old because of it (I am 23 now) and I had been taking Extra good care of it the last 3.5 years, with gentle products/no sun/nearly 2 gallons of water a day/great diet (no dairy or gluten especially, mostly whole foods and fish..ridiculous amounts of vegetables..I did eat Aton of 90% dark chocolate tho!, etc) I got the occasional few pimples but they disappeared overnight or in 2 days. Basically, 5 out of the 7 days of each week I had flawless skin. So I dealt with a day with a pimple or a day where my skin was acting a little off. I also don't wear makeup, because I do have sensitive skin, not sensitive to some things, but makeup and having to wash it off really does a number on my face, and WILL break me out, even things like mascara cause my eyelashes to fall out so I only wear lip gloss occasionally. So usually my skin has nothing bothering it whatsoever. So what I ended up doing recently (to try to get rid of the small amount of acne I got from the 6 months of neglecting my Health/skin) must have been a real shock to it. A little more backstory before I get to the climax of the actual disaster: My natural skin tone is very very pale, Transcluscent almost, no freckles except some temporary ones I had on my nose from the summer when I was a kid, I was so pale that I would get called "ghost" in elementary school when it was Fall/Winter. And when I would go on summer vacation with my family, strangers would show concern for me that I was in the sun, sometimes even insisting I used their towel to cover myself from the Rays! I tried tanning some in freshman year of high school, even spray tanning (ughhhhhhh) but I came to love my pale skin and I have avoided the sun now for 7 years. I take vitamin d3 5000 and such and have never had issues as far as that's concerned. As for my skin itself, I always had nice skin until about 11th grade, I got some normal teenage acne. That went away and then when I was about 18-19 I got some little pimples that were very persistent. I tried proactiv to no avail (that stuff really destroys the skin, only the toner and green tea moisturizer were good for me). So I went on birth control for it instead. BIG MISTAKE. a month or so later I broke out in cystic acne so deep and so painful, I could feel it throb through out the day. And it was all on my cheeks mostly, some on my chin, none on the nose, a couple on the forehead. And I never got acne on my cheeks, nor cysts, so I was so scared of scarring. And obviously my self esteem was shot. Nothing made it go away, even after stopping the BC, I had absolutely no other type of acne except for the cysts at this time. But it's amazing how even one cyst can inflame the whole surrounding area. I tried multiple topicals and oral antibiotics. I eventually had to go on Accutane. And boy did I have to push for it. (They say go to the derm before its severe but they brush you off until it IS severe) Not only with the derm but with myself. My bloodwork was god awful. But I had to get on accutane, I wasn't going to let this get out of hand. I had to completely change my entire lifestyle (it had been sedentary for a couple years). I was living off cod/salmon and about a million vegetables with a sweet potato everyday for almost half a year and bought a treadmill with my old holiday money. Finally my blood work changed drastically and I got to go on it and stay on it. I can't say I remember the dosage. 40 or 60. I want to say it was 40. 6 months. I actually had no side effects beside slightly chapped lips and slightly dry eyes at the last month. I think my face was sensitive to heat as well, could not stand to be in a hot car for even a few seconds. I didn't even have to use moisturizer. I think it was because of the copious amounts of water and omega 3's I was ingesting, plus no sugar or high carb load. Anyway, I was a little weary, but it worked! After a month and a half post accutane, I was clear as crystal. And not a single scar. By 2.5 months post accutane, all my marks were gone as well. (It should be noted that I did treat the cysts while on accutane, I would put ichthammol ointment to draw them out and then I would put Neosporin on them once they came to a head and were washed off with gentle washing (cerave hydrating cleanser), occasionally I would ice them VERY lightly for a few minutes at a time, I also continued to used this Clyndamycin gel stuff sometimes as it seemed to slough off any small amount of dead skin when washed off, I also never picked, so I can't say what would have happened if I did, however I did graze a couple of the cysts with a finger nail or two when washing my face and even though they bled, I was still okay). But let's just put it this way, it was October of how ever many years ago when the course ended and by Feb, I was getting strangers walk up to me, staring at my face, telling me I had the most beautiful skin they've ever seen, even my dentist was asking about my skin!, I'm not even exaggerating, it was excessive, it actually made me very uncomfortable as I am terrible at taking compliments and I was extremely worried that the cysts would come back so the comments were bitter sweet. My skin was also better post accutane than it was even before I got acne because I had never been so healthy in all my life so I felt a bit of pressure to keep up the strict regimen for awhile. (Ofcourse All Worth it) Luckily I was able to ease up by the 2nd to 3rd year post accutane and my skin was still great. Last summer I was doing stuff like eating a dessert everyday and putting on heavy moisturizers that my skin usually wouldn't handle and it was all good. I incorporated coffee too which I fell in love with, and no issues there besides a reddish face for a few minutes if it's really hot. So that was that...until recently. The only thing that I had the last few years that's worried me about my skin was a tiny new mole on my cheek and a mark on my nose (which has gotten worse as I learned recently it is a pigmented, atrophic scar..and it's in the most difficult place a scar can be..the dip of the nose, smack in the middle) I had something happen to my nose almost 6 years ago so the cartilage is a bit warped especially at the tip, oil pools there and occasionally the teensy tiny little pimples that appear on the nose occasionally have never given that specific spot a break, so I'm guessing the consistent inflammation caused it. (Scar has been there for 2 years about) THIS is actually the reason I originally planned a dermatologist appointment a few months ago, nothing kills the look of beautiful overall skin than a scar right smack in the middle of everything. I was also concerned it was getting worse because oil continues to pool in the warped area. I thought that was bad in of itself, and then 3 weeks ago (1 week before my derm appointment was scheduled) I went and caused an even worse issue. The worst issue i have ever experienced with my skin. So to continue on from the beggining, after the 6 months of neglecting myself, At the start of August '16 I finally pulled myself together and got back into my normal diet and exercise routine and such ( back to washing my face and not falling asleep in my sweat from exhaustion anymore too). since I had some appointments coming up and places I needed to be this month, I lost patience with the lingering bumps from those 6 months prior and decided to speed things up by using a few drops of an old, unopened sample of Tazorac I found in the depths of my closet, followed by a million different products/moisturizers/Neosporin/ichthammol ointment and some light exfoliation using an old makeup brush which I washed 3 times in boiling water with 3 different cleansers and antibacterial soap. I truly was quite gentle as I did have a passing feeling that what I was doing (something I have never so much as attempted) was not a great idea. And turns out that was correct. My skin went mental from it and got ridiculous oily and blotchy with red bumps showing up over my entire face the next day. Went to the dermatologist a week later and he did not address them, he also told me my scar on my nose was something I'd have to deal with the rest of my life. Only when I began crying did he say to use..yet another Retin A..and he said it won't help the scar but will help with my oiliness and blackheads (even tho I told him it was not my normal skin thAt he was looking at). He just said "I've seen worse". I went from having near perfect porcelain skin to having a derm tell me "I've seen worse". Even my mom told him that just months ago I was being complimented on my skin...And I don't pick or go in the sun, ever, I know the nose scar was still there back then but I guess having great overall skin helped to diminish that. He just said to this, "Oh. Nice" I cried even more and he said he would refer me to a plastic surgeon for the scar in 3 months when I came back but he said it after first telling me multiple times that it was permanent. He also said "there's nothing you can do for scars". I was like, well what do all those poor people with pits all over their face do?? And he said, Nothing! My jaw was hanging open at that point. I pulled myself together to get to him that morning, with hopes he would ease my mind but he ended up just destroying any hope I had. The red bumps and sudden oiliness all over my face took a backseat to the scar that day. So I went home and sobbed and stupidly put some more of that tazorac on my face, because I assumed retin a is retin a, a pea sized amount only, and only on my nose and hair lines this time as he told me to. Well I slept in it and woke up, washed it off and my skin has never been the same since. The bright red bumps started to dry up but then my face felt awfully weird and slick so I exfoliated using Philosphy micro delivery gentle wash and all of the excessive oil disappeared. My skin was now completely dry. Tight, can't move my face. It turned a SICKLY REDDISH YELLOW all except my eye lids and a small area surrounding my lips. My PORES are now completely visible all over my entire face, almost looking like shallow ice picks scars, my once smooth and flat forehead is now MUSHY and littered in what look like LINES and SCARS appearing out of THIN AIR where acne has never even been. I've got PIN PRICKS all over my skin, and ORANGE PEEL texture. Not to mention my skin has literally turned just about the color of an orange! My face has been ON FIRE for the past two weeks to the point I could not sleep and past 3 days it has been itching like mad. Any thing I try to use stings except Neosporin. (Which I put all over my face a couple of times..probably not the best idea but I was scared to death of infection and scarring and the pain was so bad) I also suddenly developed all types of dark marks and tiny bumps over my ENTIRE FACE. Must be about a million. I am downright Broken over this. Destroyed. Especially after looking up what the hell was happening to me. (I feel like this can't even be real life right now, it feels like a cruel joke on top of a cruel joke.) And My god, from what I'm reading, it seems others have experienced the same thing and it is more hopeless than any other appearance related issues I've come across in my life. I never knew retin a could cause your skin to be so sensitive that anything you do afterward will damage your skin ten fold and age you overnight. It's supposedly akin to laser damage. I went to two more dermatologists! One yesterday. Went to a third derm today (Technically yesterday as I am writing this). The last derm was also a cosmetic derm. She was better than the last two. She was horrified when I said the word Tazorac. She said "my god, we call that paint thinner around here, it will peel the paint right off your car"!!! She saw my skin issues right away and told me it was obvious to her. Said I had irritant dermatitis and that I had done a real number on my face. She even took the tazorac sample from me and threw it in the trash. She was even more horrified with me telling her everything else I had done immediately after putting it on my face and days later. She told me I did just about everything to cause my skin to 'turn' SO drastically. She said to absolutely never do that again and that she is sure I learned my lesson, that we 'all do stupid things'. She did say it should go back to how it was before all this happened but I had to give it time. She also said that my skin will peel (it hasn't yet, even after 3 weeks), I told her it hadn't and she said 'oh it's definitely coming'. I actually hope it peels, I feel like it needs to. I told her I was very distraught about the texture and pores especially and she said that while pores do get bigger with age, mine should go back to normal size once all the inflammation is gone. I brought all my products I used and she went through them and told me what was good and what should not be used during healing. No exfoliation ofcourse. She also said she was wondering if she would have to treat the underlying acne once this went away because she didn't know what was caused by the irritation and what wasn't. I told her how I had only had a small amount of normal acne coming up before hand and I showed her a pic from just 1.5 months ago, and she zoomed in on it and everything and told me "oh yea, you should be fine then" so I guess she saw that my skin was fine before hand (even with the months of neglect). My issue is that I have a real hard time believing my skin will go back to how it was, there is so much wrong with it and it has the appearance of strange scarring, etc etc etc and everything I've read concerning this issue is so fear inducing as nearly everyone can't get rid of their issues after retin a destroyed their skin (and tazorac is one of the strongest types!!). It's not like other things where reviews and results are mixed and things get better, this skin reaction thing is like some unanimous eternal dooms day in the online community. It's freaking me the hell out. Derm also prescribed me hydrocortisone cream 2.5% to use for 5 days. Twice a day. I already know that stuff is dicey. Thinning skin, steroid induced rosacea, etc. And I know that taking steroids, even on skin, when under extreme amounts of stress, is dangerous. I don't need to be developing Cushings or something. It's not prednisone or anything, but still. Obviously a derm gave me that tazorac a long time ago without a second thought so how am I to believe any derm. Most I have encountered don't give a damn about anyone's skin but their own. It seems all they can do is diagnose skin cancer as benign or malignant. My poor brother had very very severe cystic acne on face and body, granted he picked, but I remember our dermatologist just putting him through unnecessary and unhelpful treatments before finally letting him go on accutane. He drug him through the mud and unfortunately I don't think my brother was forthright enough in letting anyone know how it affected him. You know tho, I'm not so sure it would have mattered as I have made it clear to derms how much some things have affected me in the past and they literally say "so what" "who cares". If your skins not perfect "so what", If such and such doesn't work "who cares" , We will just try "x, x, and X" And have "patience patience patience" And I don't know why, but they don't BELIEVE most anything that comes out of our mouths. That's why I'm so glad the 3rd derm actually looked at my pics, (I was ready to show her as many as she wanted, I even put some in a folder on my iPhone which were the clearest most high definition ones I could find from previous months and so on ago). I would like to believe her but I'm still not sure she grasped the fact that my skin was near perfect beforehand. That's why it worried me when she mentioned "underlying acne" because months ago, there was no acne and what I'm seeing now is a whole skin issue and things that look like acne and scars which came in a matter of days. Things I've never experienced in my entire life, even during my time with cystic acne. So yea, I still don't know what to trust and what not to. I have to be cautious with everything I do to myself now. But I know that inflammation itself is also bad long term and my face has already been extremely inflamed for 3 weeks, I don't want prolonged inflammation to cause permanent tissue damage. So I'm stuck on whether I should use the cream or not. I should have asked whether it was necessary or just a comfort thing for the itching and burning. Idk..I'm just so far gone now that this has happened..who knows how long it will take to resolve..and if it doesn't I will surely be 6 feet under in no time. My skin was one of the only things I had going for me with these other things I have had to deal with in my life. And I already know how skin can cause more distress than a lot of other issues because I've already been there with the accutane thing 3.5-4.5 years ago. Many things took a backseat to that. Never thought I'd have to deal with skin issues again, esp to this degree. Not to mention its not even acne, but my actual skin itself. It's incredibly sad. I have the skin of an 80 year old working the fields in the hot sun for years right now. I want my poreless porcelain skin back, I can't see the light at the end of the tunnel when the damage looks so stomach churning and the online consensus is grim. I just can't believe this happened from only two uses and why it started off as red bumps and then suddenly turned my entire skin on its head. I know when I went to first doctor my skin was still white and texture was good, just oily and red bumps everywhere. The rest of this madness seems to have happened after the exfoliation (it was suds tho, not beads). I also used keto shampoo that I had previously because I thought this was a fungal infection at first. But the 3rd derm said that wouldnt have affected anything but that it woudnt have helped anything either. I just can't wrap my brain around it all. Other people have peeled their whole face off and scrub the life out of themselves every other week and are fine. My skin looks poisoned, ugly, and infested with no signs of improvement. This is a NIGHTMARE.
  5. Start of week 4 and my skin is still very red after applying bp, and I am still breaking out about 8 pimples every single day.. when can I start using aha I want to clear up my acne scars
  6. EGF growth factor?

    Has anyone ever had any success or heard of any type of success using EGF serums or products. I stumbled upon this one clinical study that claimed to have significant improvement in acne scars using a EGF serum. Looking for any responses or help. I will link the study and and the before and after pics below, thanks! http://www.mdedge.com/edermatologynews/article/102564/aesthetic-dermatology/acne-scars-improved-topical-epidermal-growth * Image removed by moderator for expensive serum $145 is ridiculous .
  7. First 4 months

    From the album AHA & Retinol

  8. Month 4 - Stagnation?

    So I'm into my 4th month of using my regimen and I'll be 30 in a week. It's almost here! This is the last week of my 20's. And while I have a lot of feelings about it, at least one of them is an okay feeling. And that's about my skin. By no means do I have the poreless, scarless, even-toned skin of my dreams. But I think I've come a long way from my teens where I was applying every harsh painful chemical to my face my mother could find. And my 20's where I was jumping from one magic cure to the next. The breakouts I was having seem to have been a purge. Maybe it helps that I cut out gluten and maybe it didn't. But I do know that I believe in AHA and Retinol. Once I'm out of my current supply I'll be moving up to stronger percentages and easing into it all over again. I have experimented with some new products thanks to my ipsy subscription. Pure Botanicals Resurfacing Moisture Mask and Dr. Brandt microdermabrasion exfoliator. I like them both. The Pure Botanicals is something to do really quick if you're suddenly going out and realize your skin seems a little dull. Dr. Brandt is a once a week crystal formulated physical exfoliator. It can feel a little harsh, but just rub it in for a minute and rinse and it does a great job of getting gross, dry winter skin off. It's too early to tell if it works on wrinkles like it says, but I like it. I'm going to keep with this and update again in a month. Here's to my 30's!
  9. Month 4

    From the album AHA & Retinol

  10. Month 4

    From the album AHA & Retinol

  11. Painful chin acne

    Hi, okay so I need help from all the acne solvers out there in the universe. I am a 17 year old girl, and have had relatively clear skin my whole teenage life- even when I hit puberty. Except for the past year my face (chin especially) has been HORRENDOUS. In the pictures attached you can see what it looks like. It is painful as you can probably imagine and had been consistently like that for a year (as I mentioned before). I've been forced to wear tonnes of makeup just to cover the redness, and even when one pimple fades, a red mark is left over and a new one pops up. I've slowly become incredibly self conscious- to the point where I won't even let my family see me without makeup on anymore. PLEASE if anyone knows how to help ( without going on medication) Please do I can't deal with it anymore. I've been cleansing with Liz Earle cleanse and polish- which I've been using for my whole life, then using their toner and moisturiser. I've not used many acne treatments because they never even to make it better- only worse. Thank so much, your help is much appreciated! This is it not even at it's worst (baring in mind these NEVER clear up, has been constant for about a year now) :
  12. I just finished a course of accutane and my skin is looking loads better apart from scars. It's my absolute dream to one day feel comfortable going out without make up on and I'm wondering if there's any relationship between wearing foundation and scars fading? Obviously I know avoiding make up helps stop new spots too so I guess can't hurt, but I'm very scared at the prospect!
  13. Help! Hormonal acne?

    Hi I'm a 22 year old female! Ive always had spots over my teenage years but the past 4 years it's mainly been around my chin/ lip area which I understand can be hormonal. I am on the micrgynon contraceptive pill I'm not sure if this is causing my breakouts. But I've also started taking oral erythromycin from the doctors to help with my breakouts, so far I'm on the 4th week and no luck yet! If any one has any advice I would appreciate it, weather to stick out my anti biotics or change my contraceptive pill to see if this helps?
  14. Scars at 15 years old?

    Ok so I uploaded a post a while ago about hyperpigmentation which I have with actual scars too! Can you guys tell me what type of acne scars do they look like? Can I get them treated? I'm only 15 years old? I wouldn't pick at them either wth? Tried telling my parents about seeing a dermatologist but they said I shouldn't worry about it cuz I'm a guy and not a girl.. Pretty sad about it specially cuz they're my parents they should help me out not just abandon me like that. Either ways to me they look like rolling acne scars? What would help to make them look better? And am I too young? I've been treating my acne better and have noticed it going away a bit now it's just a few here and there especially when I drink milk.
  15. Hey guys, I have recently found a natural way to clear up my skin and I thought I would share it and my research that led me to my discovery. I have probably been struggling with acne since I was 18 or 19 and I am now 26. It's been a bumpy road (no pun intended) but I think i finally found a routine that will help me keep my skin clear. I have tried every acne product out there and the only things that has ever kept my skin clear was birth control and retin a. The only problem with that is that cream is extremely expensive and I just don't trust that it's good for you long term, but that's just my opinion. I have tried everything and then I stumbled upon the oil cleansing method anf I wear this is not a standard method. I tweaked my method since my skin was so congested and I couldn't figure out what was the cause. I through all of my products away and just started using a few things to "detox my skin". I used eminence probiotic cleanser, apple cider vinegar, thayers witch hazel with rose water, safflower oil, hemp seed oil, and rose hip seed oil. These have been the only things that have cleared my skin, moisturized, and targeted/prevented hyperpigmentation/deep scars. My skin was dry for many years and that was the cause of my acne. Once I began to speed up the cell turnover and balance my sebum production I saw and felt a huge difference! I have pretty dry skin and I dried it out even more once I started using acne products that just dried out my skin. I'm not an expert but I did find out that most people who have dry skin and acne are lacking in linoleic acid. The oils I use are high in linoleic acid and also have a bunch of healthy vitamins that are essential to your health and skin health. That's just a summary of what i did and I just read a lot of forums and watched a lot of YouTube videos. I think most acne can be treated by choosing the methods that are meant for your type of skin. We go to all these dermatologists and estheticians but rarely can they tell us what is causing our specific kind of acne.Oh by the way your skin will purge if it's congested. Anything to actually is working needs to get the bacteria and dead skin out of your pores so you can have clear smoothe skin. The cool thing is that you can actually feel and see the dirt come out when you're rubbing the oil on your face! I hope this helped! Make sure you choose the right oils for your skin type. My method won't work for everyone. If you have any questions please don't be afraid to ask. I can add my exact a.m. and p.m. routine! Good luck on your journey guys!
  16. Hey, I was wondering if anyone could suggest a product that could help reduce the red pigmentation left behind by my acne. Thanks
  17. Hi everyone! this is my first time on this website. I have been suffering from acne for years. In December I had two syringes of Bellafill injected for my scars (w did that hurt) And am still dealing with scars and hyper pigmentation. Currently, I do have a few pimples, but it may be a purging period because I have started using ACV as a toner (diluted 50/50 with water, does anyone else experience this??) Currently, my routine includes, washing my face in the morning, toning with ACV mixture, and sometimes using rosehip oil as moisturizer. I do the same at night and also use rosehip oil. I also use my banish kit two times a week. I do a mask every 2-3 days. I have the Peter Thomas Roth pumpkin enzyme which I love and also the Indian healing clay mask that i use once a week! I am slo thinking of trying the Peter Thomas Roth sleeping vitamin C mask, has anyone tried that? Do you recommend? I also use my trentonin cream on nights I don't derma roll. Now, I just ordered the AHA + gylcolic acid from acne.org. Does this work? Also, my dorm told me I don't really need to moisturize. Ive been using rosehip oil as my moisturizer, will that work when I start using the AHA?? Thanks for reading!
  18. This is my skin. (See pictures) I'm 17 years old, female, and I have been dealing with acne since I was 12, but it properly started when I was 14. A brief background to my skin: I used Duac when I was about 15. It helped with my acne, but caused my skin texture to react leaving me with an orange peel-like texture, large pores. I think it is also due to over-exfoliation. I was prescribed differin later on, honestly didn't really do much at all. Just made my skin dry, the pore size stayed the same. (Ive tried DML lotion too. Applied it thickly like 6 times a day and it did nothing.) I have been dealing with this condition for 2 years now. I had poreless skin at about age 14. I am certain it is not to do with genetics either, both my family and parents don't have large pores. I will be going to try Paula's Choice 10% niacinamide from an FAQ that suggested it on here. Reviews are relatively good regarding the pore size, many saying their skin texture returns back to normal. But please anything you know is appreciated!! I am stuck. What's out there that I can use so my skin can return to normal? I am honestly so desperate. I have read all the forums there is out there.
  19. Acne scars

    Evening ALL I am just wondering what you would all recommend for acne scars I've heard sudacrem is meant to be really good would I be able to leave them on for night surely I could ? Thank you ALL
  20. Hello all, So about a year ago today my face was completely smooth with an occasional pimple. I had taken accutane in HS and it had kept me clear for about 7 years. I started my first real job and had some breakouts. I would say I controlled popped 20 or so with a needle, definitely a mistake in hindsight and I will admit to that. Anyways, The derm prescribed me retin-a somewhat blindly and I used retin-a for about 3 months. Definitely may have overused it a few times but mostly did what I was told. My pores started getting enormous, clear, but enormous. Didnt have any pimples over that 3 months but these tiny scars and enlarged pores kept appearing. I had never been able to see my pores before then all of a sudden my cheeks were riddled with them. Some weird icepick scars started forming seemingly out of thin air every day that passed so I quit taking it. My pores started getting clogged and now not only could I see all my pores but they were clogged. To unclog them I sought out a diff derm to prescribe me what I know had worked on my face in the past - Accutane. Started off good and i could see my pores shrinking and some of the clogs coming to the top. However after a few months the progress kind of stopped and then my pores started getting even bigger and now there's more of them all over my cheeks and nose. Not only that but more little scars and pockmarks are appearing out of nowehere! I cant even pretend to know when the last time I had a pimple in these spots was. Pores and tiny scars everywhere. I really need some advice, guidance, or something from someone. Will I see any kind of improvement after accutane on some of these pores or scars? I am very depressed and am obsessive about looking at my face. It's hard for me to stay focused and im constantly anxious. Could drinking on accutane cause any of this? Everywhere I read says that just can do liver damage but my liver has passed every blood test. P.S. maybe im self-diagnosing but there could be a chance I have rosacea, lately i notice when I am nervous or anxious or embarrassed at work I can feel my face heat up and my cheeks get red, nose too. Same thing happens when I drink occasionally. I attached some pictures of my cheeks, they probably look worse than that in real life honestly. Somebody please tell me this will improve post-accutane. There are just so many pores and they are red inside, dialated almost. I just want to stop the damage, It seems like everyday I wake up and my face looks worse than the day before. I am still on accutane by the way. I am on month 5 so pretty much done.
  21. I was wondering if anyone can help, im 17 and have lots of cystic breakouts along with whiteheads etc. My skin used to be much worse however it got better but is now slowly getting worse. I have tried every over the counter cream and every prescription cream. My acne is not hormonal as blood tests said my hormone levels were normal. The only thing that has worked was using coconut oil and antibiotics however when I came off them my skin got worse. I know the antibiotics killed the bacteria in my body that causing the acne. Im not willing to use Accutane. I am allergic to citrus and was wondering if this could be one cause. i do not do much exercise and drink 1-2 bottles of water a day. At the moment I use coconut oil to remove makeup, wash my skin with black African soap, put tea tree oil on my spots and moisturise with cocoa butter. My acne leaves scars and the overall look of my skin is starting to get me down again...can anyone help?
  22. Suctioning Question

    I have a good suction device. Should suctioning be done after TCA Cross? How about just in general after no scar treatment?
  23. Hi, okay so I need desperate help from all the acne solvers out there in the universe. I am a 17 year old girl, and have had relatively clear skin my whole teenage life- even when I hit puberty. Except for the past year my face (chin especially) has been HORRENDOUS. In the pictures attached you can see what it looks like. It is incredibly painful as you can probably imagine and had been consistently like that for a year (as I mentioned before). I've been forced to wear tonnes of makeup just to cover the redness, and even when one pimple fades, a red mark is left over and a new one pops up. I've slowly became depressed over it and I am incredibly self conscious- to the point where I won't even let my family see me without makeup on anymore. PLEASE if anyone knows how to help ( without going on medication) I'm begging you to, I can't deal with it anymore. I've been cleansing with Liz Earle cleanse and polish- which I've been using for my whole life, then using their toner and moisturiser. I've not used many acne treatments because they never even to make it better- only worse. Thank so much, your help is much appreciated!
  24. So I have to admit I am a pimple popper, I can't help it they bother me so much. And as I was looking for a remedy to fade the existing marks left behind I've tried aloe Vera, exfoliations etc and I just feel like they're great but take way too long. So here's onto the good stuff; Nadinola cream is what helped fade most of my acne scars!! It works amazing, I think due to the bleaching ingredients it's called a "brightening cream" and I only use this as a spot treatment on my dark spots as a mask each night and I saw results within the first week or so. It was pretty cheap too I got it off eBay for around £6. Worth a try right?
  25. My acne solution..

    Hello folks, made an account to share what has helped me with my acne. I'm a 29 year old man. From the age of 14, I suffered from horrible cystic acne. The only thing that got rid of the cysts was accutane. If you have cysts and haven't tried accutane, do so. Asap. Before accutane I tried everything else. Antibiotics, creams, you name it. My folks while well intentioned, (a friend's son used accutane and had a mental breakdown) delayed my trying it by years. Immediate results, never had cysts again. Up until a few months ago, I still had pimples. What worked to clear that up was to stop drinking milk and other dairy. I also rest the side of my face on my forearm or back of hand instead of pillowcase. Try these things out. Acne has caused me a lot of heartache, I hope these tips help someone out there.