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Tape Method of Peeling - Cheap and Effective for RED MARKS!!

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You can either do a search for 'scotch tape' on this board OR if you start a new topic/thread - a female poster called tara/SSTLK is likely to answer - she is the scotch tape queen!! Anyway, lots of people on that site using scotch tape, but it is not specifically a scar board.


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Hey all,

I'm 15 and i've been on accutane for 5 weeks now, and i just tried to tape peeling method about 15 minuts ago and i'm worried now because i did it several times because there were literally MILLIONs of visible white skin flakes on my skin. I did it on the left side and now it seems there is some sort of rash which is discolored and sort of burns, kind of like an animal scratched it hard with its nails, it sems like a layer of skin is completely gone there i really dunno what happened. Is this permanant now?? Or will the skin just grow back and coloration (its darker red) go away?? Will this become a (giant) scar now???

Mike

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Like I said, do not try whilst on accutane LOL!!

But you only did it once - put plenty of moisteriser on your skin - pure vaseline will help, if you haven't any, try some olive oil.

Also, take some Vit C at least 1 gram plus some zinc (15-30 gms) to help with faster healing.

Whist on accutane, your skin will be very sensitive and flaky - the stuff coming off on the tape was dead skin, but since accutane exaggerates the exfoliation process, taping is not recommended.


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But will this scar deeply now? Or will skin just grow back? I did put some neospotin on it just like an animal scratch (which this is just like that) and also some moisturizer. No burning anymore but there are still discolored red streaks (i have really fair skin). Does accutane do anything on small colored (like reddish or purple) scars also at all? Also it seems as though the accutane is working from my forhead down, others have said this but this seems to be the case...

Thanks again, and i guess i must have overlooked that. :shock:

Mike

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Mike -I have heard that neosporin can help with inflamation - only I'm not sure if it would be helpful whilst on accutane. I just suggest lots of moisture for your skin right now - it is unlikely to have created any long lasting scar but may take a few days to heal.

I have heard that accutane isn't helpful for scars. I think what you need to do is give accutane the time to do its work on your acne, and after that consider your options with any scarring that remains.

I guess that since accutane dries up your acne, you will notice scarring more - the scarring that was hidden underneath exsisting acne AND also the fact that your skin will be flaky will only make any scarring appear worse.

On a serious note, please don't do anything else to your face whilst on accutane.

Take care

Maya


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Hi Maya!!

I'm SO glad that someone is giving recommendations for scars. I only have a few but they are annoying. I'm so sure my husband will laugh at me for doing this but I definately will give it a try!! I have thought about microdermabrasion but my skin is sensitive and I don't want to deal with the redness, irritation, and repeated doctor visits. Thanks for this tip and I will let you know how it goes!

Lola

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Hi Lola

Please give this a few weeks to work - you will really see a difference. I am now doing this day and night, and occassionally also doing lactic peels - not only is my skin much smoother and scars flatter, but most of the discolouration is gone and so are some fine wrinkles!!

All for the cost of a few rolls of tape! :shock:


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Does this tape method not irritate the skin? It seems the very same as touching your skin, which is not recommended with acne in any case. Please clear this up for me!

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All I can say that I am a whole load of others have experienced no irritation at all - not even the ones who still have active acne!! The only people likely to experience irritation are the ones on accutane or recently finished using accutane.


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Good luck - keep us posted on your progress.


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I'm so sure my husband will laugh at me for doing this but I definately will give it a try!!

lol tell him its a new craze everyones doing it, he'll soon be joining in lol


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The eye area is always extremely sensitive - I suggest you don't try it too close to the eye. This method is really meant for healing red marks, and although it has helped with some fine lines on the forehead, I think the eye area needs to be left alone.


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i've been reading about this scotch tape method, mostly what you've written. i have some superficial scarring on my forehead from previous acne. no pitted scars or bumps, just some discoloration (dark spots - i have brown skin) would this method work for someone in my situation? how long should i wait for results? if this works, it would be a miracle. i wonder why dermatologists and skin specialists never mention this method. maybe it would take some business away from them? also, my first suspicion would be that the chemicals in the glue of the tape would be detrimental to the skin. what's your take on this? i look forward to your reply. thanks.

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Well, I don't know anyone who has had any adverse reactions to the chemicals - it's on and off so quickly anyway, and it's best to wash with water/wipe with toner straight after.

I think it normally takes around 2 weeks to see good effects of red mark reduction with this method - it is similar to having glycolic/lactic peels.

My skin is pale brown too - I'm half Indian, half Chinese, and it works great. Best thing is that it is so cheap! This isn't meant to be a derm recommended method - derms could go out of business!!


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thanks, maya. wow, half indian half chinese, huh? great mix. i'm indian as well. so, do you only get red marks? i have only some brown marks from old acne. red marks suggest that maybe the scars are relatively new? or not? have you ever tried it on brown marks if you've had any? i came really close to having microdermabrasion done and then the specialist said it would maybe get rid of the discoloration but she didn't sound that convincing. then she asked me whether i wanted to go on some program where i apply all these creams and solutions to my face for 18 weeks and that i would maybe experience alot of breakout in the beginning and peeling as well. i told her i'd get back to her on that one. also, i don't have any scotch tape in the house. do you think the sticky part of a band-aid would be as effective? i'll buy some scotch tape tomorrow.

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Sorry - I call all marks red marks - but what I mean is - this tape method helps with all superficial scarring - red and brown marks. Give it some time, I think it's quite a gentle method, so you won't break out with this.

I had a series of crystal clear microdermabrasions last year - they broke me out! It was a machine that sprayed fine crystals onto the skin in order to exfoliate... but it left me with nasty scratch type marks for days after each session and definately didn't help me. And it was painful too! Ouch.

Have you tried lactic/glycolic peels for your brown marks? They could be used in conjunction with this type of taping - that's what I am doing - using lactic peels every 1-2 weeks and taping every day.


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maya,

i haven't tried the lactic/glycolic peels. is this something i can do at home or do i have to have it performed by a specialist. i remember her saying that part of the regiment she was going to put me on (with the creams and lotions and solutions and all that) included glycolic acid but i was under the impression that it was a lotion and not a peel. but i could have just missed that info.

the microdermabrasion made you break out?! she never mentioned the possibility of this. she just said that it might feel like a minor windburn afterwards and there would be some redness which would go away shortly. i understand, though, that different skin types can have different results. i was so close to having it done. the appointment i made with her was actually for this procedure. the chair was fully reclined and everything. then, in the last minute, i asked," is this going to get rid of my scars?" and she said, "it might, but it's more to smoothen out the skin..." i sat up immediately and said, "maybe we can discuss some alternatives?" then she suggested this regiment which included retin-A and all that. you've seen improvement in as short as 2 weeks? my scars seem to be so much apart of the skin that it's hard to imagine that they would fade from this method. there is no difference in the surface level where there is discoloration and where there isn't. with your scars, was there a difference in the surface level? thanks.

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Skindo

where are you based? I'm in the Uk, and I buy/import my peels from the states.

Here is what I do for the red/brown marks:

1. I use a lactic peel (40% solution) every 10 days or so - lactic peels are more gentle than glycolic peels - I get them from www.homepeels.com You can get glycolic/lactic peels from derms but that is extremely expensive and it's a simple procedure to do on yourself, so I just do it myself! These are great for stretchmarks too!!!

Look at the site and check other threads on this board, they will give you more info on lactic/glycolic peels. Basically, the peel is something you apply for a few minutes and wash off - it doesn't cause much flakiness, just removes the top layer gently without the need to scrub. There is no downtime - i.e. you can apply makeup staright after and continue your day (no hiding away necessary!)

2. I do the tape method daily - this continues to exfoliate and remove discolouration and uneveness - I just use ordinary tape - the stuff you wrap presents with.

3. I apply copper peptide serum (aka CP serum) - also bought from www.homepeels.com but more info is to be had from www.skinbiology.com - an excellent site for information.

Retina A can be good for discolouration but mosts people experience too many side effects - excessive peeling, itchiness, dryness and redness of the face etc..

As to surface levels - the scars that have faded best are the types that you mention, the ones that were purely discoloured/level - I have others that are more bumpy, but they are levelling out nicely and fading well too.

So, a good routine for you might be what I listed above - one word, always wear a sunscreen when you exfoliate like this, as it makes your skin more photosesitive. Give the whole procedure 2-4 weeks before making judgement, and I'm sure you will see a fantastic improvement.

Also, the above method overall is good value :shock:


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maya,

thank you so much for your input. i'm in the states so i'll look into these products. i'll probably do the lactic thing at night. is glycolic peel more effective? will it cause any skin irritation? i'm a guy, so wearing make-up is not really an option. tomorrow i'll buy some scotch tape and see how it works. the specialist gave me some special soap that would suit my skin better. i think it's helped. she also gave me sunblock which i apply religiously everyday now. kind of gives my skin a bluish tint the first few minutes, but that seems to go away. you know, i think the regiment the specialist was going to put me on had all these elements (except for the scotch tape). but the effects of the retin-a scared me. anyway, thanks again. also, what are potential effects of the glyvolic vs. the lactic?

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Glycolic acid at 30% works the same as lactic acid at 40% - just that lactic acid is less likely to irritate and lactic is more expensive. You may want to try the glycolic first and see how you go. I think you can buy tester sizes from homepeels so maybe go with that option first.

Also, you will see some people going for up to 70% solutions - don't try those without medical supervision, they are way too strong to do at home. 30% glycolic and 40% lactic is as much as someone should do for home peeling.

Only do the above peels once a week at most and read the instructions carefully. Normally, when people start off, it's only recommended to do this for a couple of minutes, building up more time as your skin gets used it it.

The peels will even out skin tone and help with discolouration, also, they tend to help with enlarged pores. You may find your skin is slightly flakey the first few times, but a good moisturiser should take care of that.

Don't overdo things, ALWAYS stay within the instructions of the supplier - I have known people who have been too keen - i.e. leaving the peel for longer than they are meant to in the hope that it will be more effective - it won't be, it will leave burn scars, so always think safe.

Take care and please update your results with the taping!

Maya


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Maya,

can I do the tape method after I have moisturoized? or is it best to do it before? After I have already cleansed the face with purpose cleansing bar.


Want a clear face?

1. Wash with gentle cleanser

2. moisturize.

3. Apply vita K solution for redmarks yay!

:) works for me


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No, you need to do it when your face is oil free and dry.

Cleanse first, wait for face to be fully dry - then tape, ( optional: then wipe off with water/toner) then moisterise.


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