So, I guess I'll start with my history. I suffered from acne for about 8 yrs. It started when I was in high school and continued all throughout college. Finally, after wasting thousands of dollars on stupid products that NEVER worked, I got on accutane and my skin cleared up in 6 months. I get the occassional pimple here and there, but they're always small and go away pretty quick.
However, I now have a lot of pitted scarring (ice pick, boxcar, rolling, got them all) and some dark spots all over my face which is just... depressing. Last year, I spent ALOT of money trying to get rid of them (especially the pitted scars, they're just horrible). Seriously, I did laser treatments (6 treatments), dermabrasion (about 3 treatments), derma rolling (I only had one treatment of this, and I know you need to do a couple of times to see results, but I ran out of money by this point) and even had subcision on three of the bigger scars. Subcision slightly decreased the depth and size of my three scars, but they're still there. After all of this, I am now broke and still have scarring. At first, my scars seemed to plump up which got me really excited, but several months after treatment, the scars seemed to go back to the way they were. And even though my dermatologist says it's not possible, the dermarolling seemed to give me some new ice pick scars. She says not possible, but I know those scars weren't there before the procedure.
Anyway, I kind of gave up for a long time in getting rid of my scars. I tried to not let my scars ruin my self esteem and just be okay with them. But I finally decided to try again. From everything I read online, I decided to go with two main products: Green Cream Level 6 and Silkia Camellia Oil. I also got epidermx dermabrasion, but more so because of the deal I got when I bought it with Camellia Oil.
I'm going to stick with this regime for a year and see what happens. Realistically, I'm not expecting miracles where all my scarring will vanish. Moreso, I just want the scars I do have to look less noticeable and not so deep. I wanted to post my on going progress to help other people like me looking for a treatment to help with scarring. I'll post every month and let you know how it goes. I'm a firm believer in sharing knowledge and I want others suffering from the after effects of acne, like me, to know whether these treatments work or not.
Here's my first update:
3 week mark
This is what I've been doing:
Green Cream Level 6 every other night
Silkia Camellia oil every morning and every other night (every night I don't use Green Cream)
Kiehl's Vitamin C same time I use Silkia oil
I've only used epidermx twice randomly
I've never used a retinol product before, but I figured my skin was tough, so I skipped level 3 and jumped into 6. First time I used it, the next morning I was completely fine. However, the second day my skin turned bright red and was stinging. Then my skin started peeling like crazy. After 3 weeks, it's still doing the same thing, stinging redness, and lots of peeling. So I think I'm going to mix in a little bit of moisturizer to reduce the intensity until my skin adjusts.
I used epidermx twice, it does okay in helping with flaking caused by green cream, but I think any other exfoliant would do just as well.
The good news is my dark spots look a lot lighter (probably from all the peeling). My skin in general is still red, but besides the color it looks pretty great. A lot of my pores look smaller. I know a lot of people said they experienced an initial purging stage and broke out in the beginning of using any kind of retinoid product, but the only thing I've noticed on that front is 3 small pimples that were hardly noticeable and dissappeared within 2 days.
Can't really see too much of a difference in my pitted scarring yet, but I wasn't expecting to see any results this soon. I will say that my makeup is going on a lot smoother which is doing wonders in hiding a lot of my pitted scarring. Some of the really shallow ones seem to be slightly plumping up, but that could just be my imagination.
Continuously looking like I'm sunburnt sucks, but I'm going to work through it.
Anyways, I will continue with this regime and continuously update. I hope this helps anyone with the same problems that I have.