Posted 03 September 2010 - 12:33 AM
So this all started at 13, I started getting acne, by 14 it was also on my chest and back, and by 15 it was on my neck, chest, back, and legs and was pretty cystic and unsightly and bad. My mom finally took me to a derm at age 17 and I did 5 months of Accutane and it wiped out the bad scarring quality acne for the time being. I didn't really understand the whole concept of acne scars so I went off to college and got on with my life.
So my acne came back and in the same places except not as bad and when I was 20 I bought a book called The Acne Cure and it had a chapter on acne scarring. I read it and then went to my bathroom and realized I had scars on my temples, side of face, and neck. This upset me massively but in time i forgot about it.
So then I graduate college and get a real job and when I was 23 and hated my job and became very, very, deeply depressed. At first it was an existential thing but then it became about the acne/scars. Just wondering how bad they are, what can I do about the acne, and if I looked ugly or not. I told 2 relatives about it and they told me that I was being way too dramatic and that they were not very noticible. One relative said that I was like an anorexic girl who looks in the mirror and sees a fat person, only I saw big scars. I went to a therapist and she said she couldnt see any scars at all but the lighting was kind of soft. She told me I was just depressed. I went to a Fraxel consultation and they told me they could make them 50% better and then I found this forum and it seemed like the doctors were bull shitting me because it seems like the consensus here that Fraxel is a cruel hoax but I still hope it's not. At my consultation after the doctors left the nurse said "you know Joe, your scars are pretty mild." I was gonna get Fraxel but then I went on a vacation with friends to Miami and we had so much fun that I completely forgot about my scars for like literally 4 years, until this summer.
So for what ever reason I am thinking about them again and also my moderate acne which continues to be on my face, neck, upper legs, ass, chest, and back. I am really really depressed. I want this acne to stop and I want to improve my scarring but I am so scared that there is no hope and I'll just have to accept it. I want to get Fraxel but I am afraid it might just not do anything. Also, I am 27 and I want to have kids in my thirties but I feel guilty about passing on my putrid acne genes. Someone please give me some advice because obviously I am worrying out of control over here.
Posted 03 September 2010 - 02:33 AM
Posted 03 September 2010 - 06:13 AM
The thing with moderate to severe scarring, there's no denying if you have it. I look in the mirror and my light to moderate scars don't bother me that much but it's the severe scarring that has completely consumed my life for the past 3 years. It's taken over my thoughts, my plans, my character and my confidence. I think if you yourself need an acne book to tell you that you have scars, your troubles aren't that bad. Your acne problem sounds worse than your scars though.
Maybe go on another round of accutane but have the advice of atleast 2 derms before you do that. Fraxel restore is GREAT for very mild cases of acne scarring but does virtually nothing for severe scarring unless you have 10 sessions would could set you back a small fortune.
Are you white, brown, black? White skin is the best for scar treatments but being brown myself, I have to tread very carefully with treatments. I've had 5 fraxel restores and a vbeam treatment.
I know it's tough and it can get so depressing when people around you tell you that it's not as bad as you think it is and you know what, a think most genuinely believe what they're saying but it's different living in the skin that "isn't that bad".
Do a lot of research mate. Don't rely on clinics to give you all the info and especially for the side effects parts.
Posted 03 September 2010 - 11:22 AM
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Posted 03 September 2010 - 12:42 PM
Started Accutane Sept.7th 2006
As of February 07.I am done with accutane and am clear.
Update: July 2007
Skin is oily again but not 1 pimple
Update: Scars: apples of cheek pock marks and rolling scars & one huge box scar!
Wow, its's been 6 years since I have been to this site. Lot's of changes.
Posted 03 September 2010 - 05:20 PM
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Posted 03 September 2010 - 10:02 PM
how bad is your scar? and by skin texture, can you describe a bit more detailedly? thanks.
Posted 04 September 2010 - 04:16 AM
I'm not encouraging you to any procedures. And I do agree that it's better to be treated by a professional. In fact, I think almost everything seems a bit insane when it comes to scar treatment; the whole idea of "damaging" the damaged/scarred area (maybe except for fillers). But the thing is, that lasers are super expensive, unpredictable, and that is what the dermatologists mostly recommend/insist on. And just on this forum there seem to be few people that actually had some good results with it. That's why I'm sceptical. And I wouldn't trust any promises with how much improvement you can get. Only time can show you that.
Posted 04 September 2010 - 04:56 PM
i'm NOT telling you what you should do, i am not a doctor, but i felt compelled to reply because i personally, and others, have had good results with dermarolling... i've also done saline injections too. i've seen great improvement. you can read about it in my post. in my honest opinion, and others agree, lasers are only good for superficial scars. i had a fractional laser (it was a clinical trial though) about 4 years ago. wasn't impressed. for deeper scars you either need to naturally fill them in, i.e. dermarolling/saline injections or use dermal fillers to plump up the depressed areas, or maybe subcision, or probably a combination of all of these things. good luck!
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Posted 06 September 2010 - 07:07 PM
There are parts of the world that experience no acne at all in many generations. They didnt eat proccesses junk/with chemical additives, and therefor have no acne.
Posted 06 September 2010 - 07:10 PM
This is a very big misconseption. We eat the same things our parents do, i mean, they raised us. We pick up on the same habits..so we will end up looking like them. My mom has terrible skin, her whole face is red and she eats a bunch of junk food. If i ate the way she did, i would definitely end up looking like her. Baldness, diabetes, cancer, etc. it always boils down to the way your family eats. and if you continue to eat the way your family does, you will experience the same problems.
DNA can only determine eye color hair color skin color, it CANNOT determin your health.
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