@staple - Do you have any recommendations for mild peels that can be done at home? I'm kind of worried that a peel would make my skin extremely sensitive and unsuitable for other treatments (e.g. laser) in the short term so I'll probably start with an extremely mild one. Appreciate your help!
As I mentioned, the home treatments will only help with hyperpigmentation, only a doctor can help with scarring. Basically, any gentle exfoliation process will help speed things up slightly, including very simple store bought products (like Neutrogena's "glycolic peel" which is not really a glycolic peel product, just a bi-weekly exfoliator) or starter level mandelic/glycolic/lactic peels available over the internet. (Spot test the peel for allergy first and follow the directions carefully. Discontinue any peel at least a week before your consultation.) Do not consider or attempt a high concentration peel or any kind or a TCA peel. Those are dangerous to do at home, especially if you have hyperpigmentation issues.
Since you'll be going to the dermatologist fairly soon though, if you already have a good exfoliation process, stick with it and find a good quality daily sunscreen that does not cause breakouts or irritate your skin that you can wear whenever you go out, including to go driving. Keeping your marks from darkening will help them fade faster.
Whatever you do, do not tan the marks or put lemons on them. I've read this elsewhere on the board and it's poor advice.
Edited by staple, 29 June 2012 - 08:20 AM.