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  1. My forehead got a somewhat different texture to it after maybe 3 months on isotretinoin, nothing too major, and now indented lines keep appearing on my face. I'm not picking at my face, and don't have any acne. Anyone else had this with isotretinoin? What is this and can it be fixed? I've read plenty on tretinoin products like Retin-A causing this.
  2. 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.
  3. Hi guys. Had number of low dose courses of Accutane (10-20mg, 4 months at most, with perfect results). Last time, 6 months ago I got one big scar from very small pimple while on accutne but my skin got 100% clear then so I was fine. On that course after 1 month of 20mg and 3 months on 10mg I stopped, as I had not one pimple for 3 months already. 2 months later minor acne returned slowly and they were healing without scars. I started accutane early not to get worse acne. Low 20mg dose, and my skin was 100% clear in 2 weeks. Then, a week later I got two small pimples on my cheek that left huge scar (the same size of my biggest scar that I got from one big cyst that I had 5 years ago and that was inflamed for a month). I got sad, but managed to get through, no acne beside these two. This was 4-5 weeks after starting accutane. Then I got rather big pain on that scar spot, but without any visible acne for another 2 weeks. Soon very small pimples (visible only at 10cm distance) started to appear at that spot one-two per week, they healed in a day but each left deep scar. So I have a lot of connected scars now at that spot. I the meantime I increased accutane to 30-40mg but the very very small pimples continued one per week now on entire cheek and forehead (never had pimples there), each leaving big scar (like my cheek is having an atrophy). Important is to note that each small pimple also got me very big pain, my doc (GP) sent me to check my cheek facial nerve, as she didn't believe me this is skin issue. I went to her couple of times complaining about scaring and pain and she thinks I'm imagining (I also have some scarring from 5 years ago). As my skin is very dry I put moisturizer but it broke me in small pimples (barely noticeable even to myself) each leaving scar. Now I'm devastated, went to my doc (GP) but she doesn't see what is the issue as I have barely visible pimples (I went to public derm in the meantime, they said the same - nothing that needs treatment). GP will send me to psychiatrist on Monday (I agreed on that as I cannot go to work and cannot sleep properly) and gave me sleeping pills. My dermatologist thinks the small scarring inflammations could be Ulerytema (some other disease) and gave me steroid creme (Advantan). But I'm afraid to use as it says on the label "don't use if you have acne". Has anyone had the same experience that skin is enormously prone to scarring and painful while on accutane?
  4. I've been struggling with acne right on the apples of my cheek. This has been going on for a year now and yet again, I'm completely stumped. I'll sometimes get a few spots around my hairline or on my forehead, but my main concern is the cheeks. I don't even go out anymore. I'm obsessed with acne and conjuring up a "cure." As much as I try to let it go and wait for it to fade, it bothers me to the point where I feel completely depressed. My lifestyle, habits, everything is controlled by this acne. I've tried products, diet, working out, doing yoga to relieve stress, expensive facials, vitamins- everything. I know I have oily skin and the pores on the cheeks are very small. I'm assuming it's from excess oil but I'm definitely no expert. I've been told to change my pillow cases- I do twice a week. I've been told to cut out dairy- I did. I've been told to workout- I do everyday. It did start after I moved to a big city, so the environment could be an issue? But I don't understand why it would only be on one side. It used to be on both cheeks, always worse on the right though. I'm so confused about that. It's gotten to a strange place where it's really bad on the right side of my face and almost completely clear on the left. I'm hoping this is a sign as to what is causing the acne. My forehead also just recently broke out in these small, colorless bumps (the picture didn't pick it up.) Any advice is so appreciated.
  5. Hi all, So I am wondering if any of you can impart your wisdom as to how to get rid of a soft, red, raised bump left over from a pimple quicker... Background: So I have clear skin now and have done for around 9 months (*finally!*). In this time frame I have only had 1 large under the skin bumps; this one gracefully planted itself slap bang in the middle of my cheek 2 weeks ago right next to a icepick scar (so it looked super attractive) after using Paula's Choice 2% BHA the night before for the first time, but unlike any other papule I have ever gotten before it never developed a head and was there for 1.5 weeks before showing signs of going away. It's now two weeks later and the pimple is gone but it has left a slight soft, raised bump (that basically looks active still but is not at all). Please note I never touched it or even attempted to pop it, I left it 100% alone. Are there any products out there on the market you know to help it disappear any quicker than just leaving it to do it on its own? Thanks in advance! P.S. And let's just say I am never touching that BHA liquid ever again.
  6. Hi guys, So as you can see in the pictures below I suffer from red acne scarring (hyperpigmentation), these are from old spots/zits/cysts, that have occurred even without popping the pimples, I am currently using Bio-Oil on my cheeks because it's said to improve the appearance of scarring, I've been using the Bio-Oil for nearly 3 months, I have seen a slight change in the scars I think they have lightened a little, but I'm just wondering if this is the best product out there for this type of acne scarring, I would really like to hear other people's experiences and what worked for them. Thank you.
  7. The sun seems to have worked well at clearing up the acne on my face. Now I would like to try laying in the sun for just 10-15 minutes daily to clear up my currently active moderate to severe bacne. But I'm afraid that doing so will prolong the clearing up of my bacne scars (typically hyperpigmentation is exacerbated with sun exposure from all I've heard). I use non-comedogenic sunscreen on my face daily to prevent the prolonging of my facial acne scars but I don't want to lather up the huge surface area of my entire back in sunscreen daily (bacne is everywhere) for just 10-15 minutes of sun exposure. Can I get away with 10-15 minutes out in the sun without sunscreen on my back and not have my bacne scars hyperpigmentation prolonged?
  8. Hello, Can someone please tell me the severity of my back scars, and maybe a way to treat them, thanks, also please be honest. This is a month ago, and they kinda look better now, smaller and lighter, but still brown, i also have black/whiteheads on my back, some of them and somewhere raised skin(i have no idea why). My face is significantly better.
  9. I have had acne for past few years and it's finally starting to end. I'm left with really red scars that aren't very deep but they look like spots which is really frustrating. I've booked in for a course of derma pen treatments, do people think it will work? Pics attached...
  10. Your advice vs derms advice

    Hi guys Sorry for posting a bit in recent times, I just need a last word of advice now before I go ahead with procedures for my scarring, so this will hopefully be my last post until skin updates in the coming months. I recently posted on here asking for advice on what I should do for my scars. Two of you experienced members suggested I look into TCA peels and the derminator to help with my scarring, also suggesting fillers would NOT be worth it, as my scars are too shallow. I then went to see a derm a few days later, who seemed reasonably knowledgable. He suggested that I have fillers put in, followed by 2-4 sessions of TCA cross, then followed by 1-2 TCA peels to finish it off. Now, you can see why I'm in a tough head space here, do I listen to the derm, or to the people that have bucketloads of experience with scarring on this website? Ive attached 2 photos below, I guess I just want to know - do you guys believe your suggestions would work better for my scarring than the derms suggestion? If so, I will change my treatment plan with him asap. Thanks
  11. been struggling trying to find something that will get rid of my acne scars and redness. i don't wanna do any skin peels or anything of that sort due to my face being so sensitive. i've tried masks, raw honey, lemon, turmeric, apple cider vinegar, shea butter, and nothing. i'd rather much stick to organic/diy things but idk at this point i'm pretty desperate. i also tried a stamp from banish acne scars but i think the roller would be better but yeah idk lol. so any suggestions/advice??
  12. Hi can u recommend which skin care product well to acnes skin? Like toner moisturizer and etc. Maybe it will helpful to treat my acnes and maybe my scars. Thank you
  13. I am on my second month on Isotretinoin (I use Oratane), and almost every cystic acne is gone already. Still have initial breakouts, but I hope next 2 month itwill be completely gone. So the deal is my severe scars. Im Russian, but Im living in Vietnam last 6 month. So in this 6month my skin got so bad, old scars became more obvious , a lot of new one (actually, 70percent of scars appeared in last 6 month). Am I wrong that I went to Asian counrty? Can this climte affect on scarring? Anyway, its time to start some action. I know that I must not treat scars while Im on Iso. So waht can I do best for them now? Any organic masks? Know about diet. Also Im a heavy smoker and pot smoker. I know that it has negative effects, so I gonna make big desicion to stop using it. But after Iso im gonna look for some professional help. Im gonna fight it till the end, no matter how many years it will take. (actually, scarring helps me in some way. Very rude way thou) I understand that glass-like skin is not possible (but I will get it:), just want to see constant improvements. Im 26 y.o. Do I have moderate () or severe scarring? Which treatments should I use? I think about TCA 100 at first for ice pick and box. Then subcicions with fillers? Also, can facelift can imrove rolling scars? Maybe facelift plus subcicions and fillers? When pull on my skin to ears, it looks very nice (but my mouth is looking like Mick Jagger's one, but its ok ). My budget for treatment now is 15.000 USD - 20.000 USD. Is it good amount of money? Remember that i gonna fight till the end. Not care about downtime at all if it is matter (i have no job because of scars) Most important and most dummy question - is it any hope? to bring my skin to normal condition? Am I 'lucky' that scars still new and red? Please follow this topic. I give myself 1000 days of 1000% effort to bring my skin to normal. Sorry for my english. I will post couple of pictures with inderect lightning later. About doctors, is it worth to flying to Brisbane to the man we all well know?
  14. Hi, When I was 16 - 18 (I am 24 now) I had a lot of break outs on my nose, some of which have stayed on as hideous bumpy scars. The bumps are relatively hard and make my nose feel rough. I know people tend to notice them because sometimes people tend to touch their nose when talking to me. Below are some images (the lighting makes them appear less severe than they really are) What is the best treatment? Thanks
  15. Can anyone who's done chemical peels offer me guide? I'm currently on Epiduo Forte and minocycline. I have so many red marks, hyperpigmentation all over my cheeks and really want to get a chemical peel to fade the spots. For anyone who have done chemical peel while on retin a, epiduo or other topicals, what steps did you go through?
  16. 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!
  17. Hey Guys, This is my first post on this forum. So firstly, thank you all the members for all the valuable info here. Luckily, I'm at a point where I do not suffer from acne anymore (Thank you Accutane, you miracle drug). After much research on this forum, it seems like subcision + suction/fillers, and/or microneedling seem to be the preferred route of treatment for depressed acne scars. But, at the same time I have read that subcision works only for rolling scars. I was wondering if subscision would work for my scars (pics attached). If not, what would be the best course of treatment for these scars (microneedling, enerjet, skin graft?) Also, I am based in Toronto, Canada but can also travel to New York if necessary. I compiled this list of doctors to check out. Anyone I should add/remove from this list? GTA: Dr. Benjamin Barakin Dr. Paul Adamson Dr. Collin Hong NY: Dr. Nelson Novice Dr. George Yang Thank you all! Your responses are much appreciated.
  18. Microneedling with PRP?

    Hello! I am about a week post-Accutane (2 months Myorisan and 3 months Absorica more specifically). I have lots of shallow/minor trauma scars (not acne scars), as well as spontaneous scarring I'm more recently getting and I think Accutane is to blame. No other explanation. I search and search and search every hour basically about scar treatments. I plan to try something after 6 months post-Accutane unless by some miracle my scars disappear! Overall my skin is clear and generally smooth, but there are indented lines and holes just scattered across my face. Nothing I can capture with pictures, believe me, I've tried. If I'm ever able to I will post them ASAP. I'm most interested in trying microneedling, potentially with PRP. I don't want to do this myself so I'm trying to find places near me with good reviews and affordable prices. Not too much luck, but I'm interested in one place that is a laser tattoo removal clinic first, and a medical spa second. Their reviews are great and the price is great at $200 per treatment (another $200 if I add PRP), but none of them are by people who had microneedling. I'm unsure if I'm able to link their website due to forum rules, so if anyone wants to check the website out for me and say what they think, private message me. Just wondering if anyone here has had experience with microneedling and PRP. Or just microneedling. Especially if your scars sound similar to mine. I'm hoping since my skin is already good, it just has shallow scars scattered around, that I will have good results. Any thoughts? Advice? Questions for me? Thank you!
  19. Is this acne?

    I've been living with these bumps for about a year now and tried almost everything to clear it. Is this even acne or can it be some sort of wart or skin fungus? Is there anyway to tell? Does anyone have an idea of what it could be? Scarring? Cysts that are stuck beneath? Please help!
  20. I'm gonna make this real short because I'm on the toilet and my phone's about to die... been on accurate twice.. worked amazingly both times! Got away with super clear skin and no permanebt damage thank god! But after the 3 month mark I started getting spots again..I absolutely panicked..saw my deem, she said it wasn't bad enough for a low dose accutane course like I asked for..even tho I told her It was getting worse knowing my skin.. ended up getting accurate online.. off a very repu table site my friend had self medicated with and worked.. anyway..Theres a bit of backstop for you.. A week before I started my low dose of 20mg a day I noticed random scarring! Not super deep but like shallow rolling scars and long lines out of NOWHERE in places I didn't even have spots..I monitor my skin A LOT so I know they're 100% new.. A month to 5 weeks later and I'm still noticing new scars! Honestly wtf is going on I'm having a fanny fit! It can't have anything to do with the accutane because I had this shit starting a week before. I'm also getting like a rash of little headless come done looking bumps on my skin in clusters and apparently that and the random scarring are effects of a disease called AMVC..I'm pretty spsp00ped tbh! Please help! Oh I take vitamin C and Zinc tablets every day too and before any of this started..I used effaclar duo+ which used to sting a lot while I was using it..Only used it like 3 times tho but apparently it had salicylic acid in it.. If that's the cause then why am I STILL getting random scarring?
  21. TCA Cross AFTER Fillers

    Hi guys I went and saw a derm for my skin yesterday. He seemed very knowledgeable and keen to help me without ripping me off with lasers like some other derms/doctors. He suggested we start off by doing filler followed by 3-4 sessions of TCA cross, as I have quite a range of boxscars and a few ice picks and rolling. I happily obliged to doing this and have the fillers booked in for the 28th of July. However, after getting home and thinking about it overnight, I'm wondering about the logic behind doing the fillers before the TCA cross. Wouldn't getting the fillers prevent the best possible results I could get with TCA cross, seeing as the scars will be pushed up and not as shallow as they would be without the fillers in? Would I be correct in saying this? Or will I still get the same results from the TCA cross regardless of whether I get fillers or not? I know it's not an interesting topic for most of you, but I'd really appreciate a reply from anyone knowledgeable on this area so I can rearrange fillers to do post the TCA cross sessions before it's too late! Cheers Hotdog
  22. For example when I was in high school I wanted to kill everyone who bullied me for it. I also use to punch and break things because of how it wrecked my life. Now a few years later I still have violent thoughts in general because of it and constant anger.
  23. What type of scars are these?

    Just so frustrated. I've tried fraxel and a couple peels and nothing has worked. I need a regiment, do in considering rolling I just don't want to make it worse.
  24. Ive had acne on and off for about 3 years and its gotten worse on my cheeks in the past year. i recently went to the dermatologist and he prescribed me minocycline and ive been on it for about a month now. Im going to stay on the antibiotics for a while but im not quite sure if these scars/hyperpigmentation will go away. any advice as to what this is or anything i cam try to make it go away?
  25. Ive had acne on and off for about 3 years and its gotten worse on my cheeks in the past year. i recently went to the dermatologist and he prescribed me minocycline and ive been on it for about a month now. Im going to stay on the antibiotics for a while but im not quite sure if these scars/hyperpigmentation will go away. any advice as to what this is or anything i cam try to make it go away?