Posted 17 October 2012 - 01:56 PM
a little back round on me, olive skinned stone(breakouts leave dark spots if I pick or don't pick at them), I've never really struggled with acne, I got on the regimen to prevent breakouts since these breakouts would always leave these hideous dark spots, so I wanted to prevent them all together. Anyway, I've been on the regimen for about 2 months now, while it seems to be working at preventing breakouts(most of the time if I do get one it'll dry up fairly quickly and won't really form) but these dark spots are taking FOREVER to heal. I've read that BP can pro-long the process of dark spots but geez! Before when I would get a spot it would usually take 1-2 weeks to really begin fading, and would be gone by week 3 or 4. About 2 months ago I had a REALLY bad breakout, worst than I've ever had and it pretty much left a lot of hyperpigmentation. Till this day they are still there as if was the first day I got them, this is REALLY frustrating. I use sunblock, I'm also using the AHA+ but I haven't noticed a difference in my dark spots at ALL. This is probably my biggest insecurity, today I couldn't really cover the dark spots properly and I just decided to stay home and not even attend school. They're probably not as bad as I make myself believe, but..I just can't stand them. The other day I found myself roaming through old webcam pictures when I had nice skin, with hardly any dark spots, and I keep wishing that I could just go back to that. Has anyone else had this problem? How do you deal with it? Anything I can use to help them fade faster, they're really taking a toll on my self esteem.
Posted 17 October 2012 - 02:09 PM
I ordered 8% AHA from paula choice + the new products it''s called PURE Radiance Brighten tratment, I really hope that they will fade with these products, but I also hope that since I'm on accutane it won't hurt me , I know people with advise me not to exfoliate on accutane but I'm way to stubborn.
AHA,Tazorac/Retin-A,Sunscreen, and if you have dark mark (melanin) hydroquinone should work nice for you!
P.S If it makes you feel beter , I didin't atend to school for the first the weeks, and last week I stayed 2 days als, so school started a month ago and I only went 3 times...
Posted 17 October 2012 - 02:22 PM
Posted 18 October 2012 - 04:27 PM
I have darker toned skin even though I look " fair. I have had post inflammatory hyper pigmentation for a long time... Sometimes over six months. Now that I do not have active acne I have started having chemical peels to address the hyper pigmentation. These peels are not super aggressive, although I do peel a bit a few days after. Peels consist mainly of lactic and glycolic acids. I have noticed quite a difference on my face although not as huge a difference on my neck (the peel is not applied to the neck at the same strength as on the face). You may wish to look into this.
I also use 4% hydro quinone but hasn't done much for the acne marks as much as it has helped melasma.
Posted 21 October 2012 - 10:12 AM
Posted 02 March 2013 - 04:02 PM
I have a very tan olivey skin color (pretty proud of it; I can't lie). Near the beginning of my freshman wear I started breaking out, and I was pretty good at getting that under control with way too much BP. However, I was left with a face almost entirely covered in post inflammatory hyper pigmentation (dark spots and red spots). They still haven't gone away. The less I use BP, the faster they fade. However, the less I use BP, the more I break out, so I am trying to find the right compromise of allowing old ones to fade and preventing new ones. It is good to find forums with people with similar conditions.
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