Thanks. It's been a four year journey that continues to this day.
There are some great people on this site who have encouraged me along the way.
One of the important things that my dermatologist taught me about the skin was the importance of antioxidants in protecting and aiding in the healing of the skin as well as the importance of topicals and a good diet.
Based upon his information, I set out on 'quest' to learn more about how the skin works and how our diet and exercise affect our skin.
Along the way, I read a book that I would like to recommend to people who follow this thread. For me, it has been one of THE most informative books I've read on how to care for you skin from the inside/out.
The book is entitled "Your Skin, Younger' and was written by three doctors. I've checked it out for the second time from my local library.
It contains a wealth of information about topicals, supplements, and the research behind them. It's an outstanding book that I would recommend to anyone with acne scarring.
Two of the antioxidants that I use are Alpha Lipoic Acid and Tumeric. I use a topical form of Alpha Lipoic Acid on my face (Reviva Labs). I buy my Tumeric capsules from Wal-Mart. They have the lowest price that I have found.
I've eliminated virtually all processed foods (to the greatest extent that this is possible in the U.S.), stopped drinking soda, and mainly drink tea or water.
I believe changing my diet and incorporating supplements and the right type of topicals has greated aided in the reduction of the appearance of my acne scarring. Take a look at my baseline photos - they show the poor texture my skin had along with lines and acne scars on both cheeks and my chin.
If there is one thing that I've learned about acne scar reduction is this: it takes time and multiple modalities to see improvement. You have to be consistent. For example, I dermaroll every six weeks. I do one to two 25% TCA peels a year, I wear Retin-A every other day, I use a topical cream on my face daily, and I wear sunscreen seven days a week.
Keep up the good fight, my friends. We're all in this together.