So you had V-Beam for your red marks? How long did you have them before you decided to get treatment? And is V-Beam what completely removed them (if so, after how many treatments)? I'm depressed now b/c it's hard to tell if these marks are fading (not just now after V-Beam, but in general, because they seem to change day to day). How many years did you deal with your red marks in total till they no longer bothered you anymore?
P.s. Sorry for the million questions lol
I had it for about 2 years. I only got one treatment.
I have some suggestions for you:
1. Sea salt. Buy a bag of sea salt from a pharmacy and put about 2 cups in a cold or warm bath (you can try both) then just get in and dunk your head under and soak for a few hours. You can also try epsom salts as well. This is probably your best bet as sea salt has AMAZING healing properties and is a very overlooked remedy.
2. Evening primrose oil, Buy it from pharmacy it's about 11.99. Break the capsules open and let them drain over your marks, then just leave it for a while. If you have lots of active acne then maybe not do this as it might aggravate it a bit. Again evening primrose oil is overlooked but is one of the very few "dry" oils on this earth and has skin regeneration properties. You can also just try taking it internally if you are worried about it irritating your skin.
3. Avoid acids/peels/AHA/BP and such as they will do the opposite of what you are trying to achieve.
4. Instead of shaving around the spots, pluck the hairs near the spots out with tweezers, that way you won't have to shave there for a month or so. Or like i said before use a dry shaver.
Basically what your dealing with here are flat scars, some people say red marks are different but i disagree i believe they are just flat scars. So you goal is to heal those scars so your body will move on to other things.
You can beat these things, trust me.
As for the v-beam stuff you are worrying about, don't. Worst case scenario they go back to exactly what they were before.
I think you are totally right about tons of people thinking they have PIH, when really they have PIE. I will also take this one step further and say that red marks are really just a flat scar.
3 types of scars:
all of which may or may not have the redness from PIE.