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#1 urbeautiful

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Posted 10 February 2007 - 02:06 AM

I have just bought Lac Hydrin -5 to try to get rid of existing red marks as well as some shallow scarring (looks like little brown/black marks).

I am going to try it, but my skin is SO sensitive, I'm sure it will aggravate my face just like everything else.

How long should it take for scarring to just go away on its own? Sometimes I think it may be better for my skin to not put on all these acids and creams....

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Posted 10 February 2007 - 02:24 AM

I really think it depends on the person. I have had some red marks for nearly a year but they have faded somewhat (more pink than red now) and my acne was never really that bad. Some seem like very shallow scars but it could just be lighting that makes them look that way.

I am a pretty active, healthy person but some seem like they are taking forever to shift.

I think I read somewhere on here that average is probably 3-6 months at best or, if they last that bit longer, it could be 1-1/2 - 2 years.

I haven't tried anything religiously for my face either. I think it would be better to just leave it alone and let them heal naturally, although I am interested in using pure natural aloe vera beacuse it seems to do wonders for alot of people and helps speed up the healing process for blemishes/scars without aggrivating people's skin.

How old are your red marks/scars by the way? What colour are they? Dark red, purple, pinkish?

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Posted 10 February 2007 - 02:37 AM

I was breaking out for almost a yr and just cleared up about a month ago. The marks are already better, they're smaller, but still noticable. Some are small red marks, some are just dark little marks - like shallow scarring

i may try the aloe vera

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Posted 10 February 2007 - 05:12 AM

If your marks are already beginning to heal then I don't think you should have anything to worry about, they should be gone in a couple of months time.

If some linger and they get to you maybe you should have a look at some of the milder methods of red mark fading on this site like apple cider vinegar, baking soda, egg white mask and aloe vera before trying harsher things like AHA peels, etc.

Good luck.

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Posted 10 February 2007 - 06:23 AM

Maximum about 2 years I guess

Mine are fading and it's been about 9 months since my acne started to go away. But whenever I get a pimple occasionally. I have to moisturize my face a lot to make sure the dry skin doesn't cause breaking of capillaries and etc on the skin layer which causes red marks.

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Posted 10 February 2007 - 10:47 AM

i have a vitamin/mineral chart at home... and it says that a zinc deficiency can lead to prolonged wound healing. so if ur red marks take forever to go away (like mine)... taking some zinc might be beneficial for ur skin. ive read in other articles where studies showed that about 30-50mg of zinc a day was effective as tetracycline (antibiotic).

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Posted 10 February 2007 - 10:58 AM

QUOTE(oceanmist @ Feb 10 2007, 04:47 PM) View Post
i have a vitamin/mineral chart at home... and it says that a zinc deficiency can lead to prolonged wound healing. so if ur red marks take forever to go away (like mine)... taking some zinc might be beneficial for ur skin. ive read in other articles where studies showed that about 30-50mg of zinc a day was effective as tetracycline (antibiotic).


Zinc seems promising as it can help the body repair itself. Many people have had results using Sudocrem which is a zinc oxide cream so taking it internally should help even more.

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Posted 10 February 2007 - 10:55 PM

QUOTE(Mankind @ Feb 10 2007, 11:58 AM) View Post
QUOTE(oceanmist @ Feb 10 2007, 04:47 PM) View Post
i have a vitamin/mineral chart at home... and it says that a zinc deficiency can lead to prolonged wound healing. so if ur red marks take forever to go away (like mine)... taking some zinc might be beneficial for ur skin. ive read in other articles where studies showed that about 30-50mg of zinc a day was effective as tetracycline (antibiotic).


Zinc seems promising as it can help the body repair itself. Many people have had results using Sudocrem which is a zinc oxide cream so taking it internally should help even more.


yes, im hoping so...! im using mineral makeup now which is made from 100% minerals, has literally 4 ingredients, one of which is zinc oxide. so im hoping that will help my skin more too.

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 04:16 PM

make-up was what started my whole problem make sure you wash it off every night !! otherwise it will make the problem alot worse ii havnt worn make-up for 6 months now and saw dramatic changes...



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Posted 13 February 2007 - 05:21 PM

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make-up was what started my whole problem make sure you wash it off every night !! otherwise it will make the problem alot worse ii havnt worn make-up for 6 months now and saw dramatic changes...



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Posted 13 February 2007 - 05:35 PM

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Posted 14 February 2007 - 01:58 AM

How much are zinc supplements? Also, I take a Centrum's multivitamin/multimineral supplement and Salmon oil for Omega 3, so is it alright if I take more supplements/vitamins?

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Posted 14 February 2007 - 06:09 PM

QUOTE(BlueAltitudes @ Feb 14 2007, 12:58 AM) View Post
How much are zinc supplements? Also, I take a Centrum's multivitamin/multimineral supplement and Salmon oil for Omega 3, so is it alright if I take more supplements/vitamins?


You might want to check how much zinc is in Centrum, and if it's more than a little bit, make sure you just buy like 15mgs, and not 50mg, so you don't excede a healthy limit. My bottle of 50mg zinc was about 5 bux at wal-mart.
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