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Hi everybody, I'm trying to fade 4 red marks left from pimples on my chin. If I don't use anything, they will remain on my face forever (I know from past experience)

I get these marks from pimples that have pus in them. I don't touch them or pick at them, still they leave marks.

I went to 2 doctors. One suggested Tretinoin 0.025%. But I read reviews here and people has said that it causes an initial breakout. I don't think an initial breakout is worth it for just 4 marks. So I gave up.

The other derm recommended Ystheal cream (http://www.aveneusa.com/ystheal-cream/) This has Retinaldehyde as an active ingredient. But I read on the internet that retinaldehyde also causes initial breakouts.

An option I want to try from reviews here is a glycolic acid cream. I have a cream with 6% glycolic acid. Even a 12% glycolic acid cream can easily be bought without a prescription in India for cheap.

So my questions:

1. Will Tretinoin cause initial break out even if I use it as a spot treatment?

2. Will Retinaldehyde cause initial break out even if I use it as a spot treatment?

3. Has anyone used Glycolic acid successfully to fade red marks/ PIH? What concentration? How long will it take?

Please do reply. I'm looking forward to hear from you all.

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10% glycolic acid helped fade my marks (unless it was just time...) and it doesn't cause an initial breakout. You can do peels as well with 30% or 50% that may speed up the process. I think it helped me but again it could be time. 10% lotion is a good safe bet e.g. Dan's aha or Alpha Hydrox Enhanced lotion. I'm afraid even with this it took a year for my red marks to disappear, but they were much less prominent by 6 months...

Tretinoin made me break out really badly. I had to stop using it because it was creating so many more marks... I know it works for some people though. I haven't tried retinaldehyde but I think it's like a weaker version of tretinoin?


Post Roaccutane (finished December 2013) Regimen: MorningSimple Refreshing Facial WashPaula's Choice 2% BHA and 8% AHA Gels

Finacea 15% Azelaic Acid

Medik8 C- tetra

La Roche Posay Hydraphase Eyes with hyaluronic acid

Eucerin UltraSensitive Soothing Care for Normal-Combination Skin

La Roche Posay Dry Touch SPF 50+Nivea Lip Care Sun Protect SPF 30MAC Studio Fix Fluid NW10, No7 Perfect Light Loose Powder - TranslucentEveningSimple Refreshing Facial WashDifferin 0.1% Adapalene La a Roche a Posay Lipikar Baume with Niacinamide <p>Vaseline100% acne free and left only with the faintest few red marks and shallow scarring. Products no longer used for acne prevention/treatment but for anti-ageing and hyper pigmentation (mostly just freckled now rather than post acne!)


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10% glycolic acid helped fade my marks (unless it was just time...) and it doesn't cause an initial breakout. You can do peels as well with 30% or 50% that may speed up the process. I think it helped me but again it could be time. 10% lotion is a good safe bet e.g. Dan's aha or Alpha Hydrox Enhanced lotion. I'm afraid even with this it took a year for my red marks to disappear, but they were much less prominent by 6 months...

Tretinoin made me break out really badly. I had to stop using it because it was creating so many more marks... I know it works for some people though. I haven't tried retinaldehyde but I think it's like a weaker version of tretinoin?

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Your skin looks great! I don't think it will take long for those marks to fade, I'd guess six months tops. I understand why you want to fade them but don't stress too much smile.png I think it is best just to use it at night. Some people use it in the morning with a high spf but for four small marks I wouldn't take the added risk of sun damage especially if you're somewhere hot. I think 6 or 12% would be fine, depends how gentle you want to go. Some might suggest 6 then graduate to 12 if it's not too much of an expense. Although, I'm also guessing you have pigmented skin if you're from India. I'm as pale can be so I don't really know much about it but I think glycolic acid can increase your chance of hyperpigmentation if you have pigmented skin so you might want to stick with 6% especally as your marks are small.

I used tretinoin all over my face rather than as a spot treatment. I suspect you wouldn't have trouble with it as a spot treatment mainly because your skin is so clear! - The initial breakout happens because all the spots that are forming come to the surface at once but you probably don't have any forming... I was trying the tretinoin when my skin was at it's absolute worse. When my skin was better a different topical retinoid didn't have the same effect. So I think tretinoin would be fine for you, but you can't use it with glycolic acid so you have to choose! I'm afraid I don't know which is better for this purpose. (I would be interested to know!)

Edit: Just want to add, maybe tretinoin would be better... My marks seem to have faded quite alot after just a week on epiduo which contains adapalene which is another topical retinoid. Also wanted to add that the reason I haven't broken out from it could be because it also contains bp and I started an antibiotic at the same time but I still don't think it would break you out because your skin is so clear. I think there was something else but I've forgotten!

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Post Roaccutane (finished December 2013) Regimen: MorningSimple Refreshing Facial WashPaula's Choice 2% BHA and 8% AHA Gels

Finacea 15% Azelaic Acid

Medik8 C- tetra

La Roche Posay Hydraphase Eyes with hyaluronic acid

Eucerin UltraSensitive Soothing Care for Normal-Combination Skin

La Roche Posay Dry Touch SPF 50+Nivea Lip Care Sun Protect SPF 30MAC Studio Fix Fluid NW10, No7 Perfect Light Loose Powder - TranslucentEveningSimple Refreshing Facial WashDifferin 0.1% Adapalene La a Roche a Posay Lipikar Baume with Niacinamide <p>Vaseline100% acne free and left only with the faintest few red marks and shallow scarring. Products no longer used for acne prevention/treatment but for anti-ageing and hyper pigmentation (mostly just freckled now rather than post acne!)


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Your skin looks great! I don't think it will take long for those marks to fade, I'd guess six months tops. I understand why you want to fade them but don't stress too much smile.png I think it is best just to use it at night. Some people use it in the morning with a high spf but for four small marks I wouldn't take the added risk of sun damage especially if you're somewhere hot. I think 6 or 12% would be fine, depends how gentle you want to go. Some might suggest 6 then graduate to 12 if it's not too much of an expense. Although, I'm also guessing you have pigmented skin if you're from India. I'm as pale can be so I don't really know much about it but I think glycolic acid can increase your chance of hyperpigmentation if you have pigmented skin so you might want to stick with 6% especally as your marks are small.

I used tretinoin all over my face rather than as a spot treatment. I suspect you wouldn't have trouble with it as a spot treatment mainly because your skin is so clear! - The initial breakout happens because all the spots that are forming come to the surface at once but you probably don't have any forming... I was trying the tretinoin when my skin was at it's absolute worse. When my skin was better a different topical retinoid didn't have the same effect. So I think tretinoin would be fine for you, but you can't use it with glycolic acid so you have to choose! I'm afraid I don't know which is better for this purpose. (I would be interested to know!)

Edit: Just want to add, maybe tretinoin would be better... My marks seem to have faded quite alot after just a week on epiduo which contains adapalene which is another topical retinoid. Also wanted to add that the reason I haven't broken out from it could be because it also contains bp and I started an antibiotic at the same time but I still don't think it would break you out because your skin is so clear. I think there was something else but I've forgotten!

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Hi everybody, I'm trying to fade 4 red marks left from pimples on my chin. If I don't use anything, they will remain on my face forever (I know from past experience)

I get these marks from pimples that have pus in them. I don't touch them or pick at them, still they leave marks.

I went to 2 doctors. One suggested Tretinoin 0.025%. But I read reviews here and people has said that it causes an initial breakout. I don't think an initial breakout is worth it for just 4 marks. So I gave up.

The other derm recommended Ystheal cream (http://www.aveneusa.com/ystheal-cream/) This has Retinaldehyde as an active ingredient. But I read on the internet that retinaldehyde also causes initial breakouts.

An option I want to try from reviews here is a glycolic acid cream. I have a cream with 6% glycolic acid. Even a 12% glycolic acid cream can easily be bought without a prescription in India for cheap.

So my questions:

1. Will Tretinoin cause initial break out even if I use it as a spot treatment?

2. Will Retinaldehyde cause initial break out even if I use it as a spot treatment?

3. Has anyone used Glycolic acid successfully to fade red marks/ PIH? What concentration? How long will it take?

Please do reply. I'm looking forward to hear from you all.

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Morning Routine:
- CLEANSER: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser/Acne.org Cleanser
- BENZOYL PEROXIDE : 1 pump of The Acne.org 2.5%
- MOISTURIZER: CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion + 5-6 drops of Acne.org Jojoba Oil

Evening Routine:
- CLEANSER: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser/Acne.org Cleanser
- BENZOYL PEROXIDE : 1 pump of The Acne.org 2.5%
- MOISTURIZER: Cetaphil Moilturizing Lotion/Cream + Acne.org AHA + 5-6 drops of Acne.org Jojoba Oil

Extras:
- Concealer: MAC Studio Finish Concealer in C25

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
- Pressed Powder: MAC Select Sheer in NC20

The Balm Sexy Mama Translucent Power

Smashbox Photoset Pressed Power in Light
- Foundation: Revlon Colorstay for Oily/Combination Skin in Buff

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fuide in Cashew

- Tinted Moisturizer: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Nude
- Scrub: St. Ives Apricot Scrub Blemish and Blackhead Control (twice a week in the AM)

- Eyecream: Clinique All About Eyes
- Medication: Diane 35
Meftormin 500mg (for PCOS)
- Supplements: Vitamin D3 (1000UI/day) --- Started 5/16/2013
Zinc (50mg/day) --- Started 5/16/2013

And this is all done as gently as possible. smile.png

This is my Regimen journey. ---

Ordering Acne.org Products from the Philippines. ---

This is my two year update on The Regimen and the products I have used ---


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Hi everybody, I'm trying to fade 4 red marks left from pimples on my chin. If I don't use anything, they will remain on my face forever (I know from past experience)

I get these marks from pimples that have pus in them. I don't touch them or pick at them, still they leave marks.

I went to 2 doctors. One suggested Tretinoin 0.025%. But I read reviews here and people has said that it causes an initial breakout. I don't think an initial breakout is worth it for just 4 marks. So I gave up.

The other derm recommended Ystheal cream (http://www.aveneusa.com/ystheal-cream/) This has Retinaldehyde as an active ingredient. But I read on the internet that retinaldehyde also causes initial breakouts.

An option I want to try from reviews here is a glycolic acid cream. I have a cream with 6% glycolic acid. Even a 12% glycolic acid cream can easily be bought without a prescription in India for cheap.

So my questions:

1. Will Tretinoin cause initial break out even if I use it as a spot treatment?

2. Will Retinaldehyde cause initial break out even if I use it as a spot treatment?

3. Has anyone used Glycolic acid successfully to fade red marks/ PIH? What concentration? How long will it take?

Please do reply. I'm looking forward to hear from you all.

I have never had a breakout problem with tretinoin. If I get spots, it usually makes them go away much faster. But it never prevents acne so new ones just come out even though you are using it on your whole face.

I haven't used Retinaldehyde so I will just give you my thoughts on Glycolic acid. I love the stuff! I use a 10% gel and I mix it in with my moisturizer and it speeds up the lightening process.

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Hi everybody, I'm trying to fade 4 red marks left from pimples on my chin. If I don't use anything, they will remain on my face forever (I know from past experience)

I get these marks from pimples that have pus in them. I don't touch them or pick at them, still they leave marks.

I went to 2 doctors. One suggested Tretinoin 0.025%. But I read reviews here and people has said that it causes an initial breakout. I don't think an initial breakout is worth it for just 4 marks. So I gave up.

The other derm recommended Ystheal cream (http://www.aveneusa.com/ystheal-cream/) This has Retinaldehyde as an active ingredient. But I read on the internet that retinaldehyde also causes initial breakouts.

An option I want to try from reviews here is a glycolic acid cream. I have a cream with 6% glycolic acid. Even a 12% glycolic acid cream can easily be bought without a prescription in India for cheap.

So my questions:

1. Will Tretinoin cause initial break out even if I use it as a spot treatment?

2. Will Retinaldehyde cause initial break out even if I use it as a spot treatment?

3. Has anyone used Glycolic acid successfully to fade red marks/ PIH? What concentration? How long will it take?

Please do reply. I'm looking forward to hear from you all.

I have never had a breakout problem with tretinoin. If I get spots, it usually makes them go away much faster. But it never prevents acne so new ones just come out even though you are using it on your whole face.

I haven't used Retinaldehyde so I will just give you my thoughts on Glycolic acid. I love the stuff! I use a 10% gel and I mix it in with my moisturizer and it speeds up the lightening process.

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Morning Routine:
- CLEANSER: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser/Acne.org Cleanser
- BENZOYL PEROXIDE : 1 pump of The Acne.org 2.5%
- MOISTURIZER: CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion + 5-6 drops of Acne.org Jojoba Oil

Evening Routine:
- CLEANSER: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser/Acne.org Cleanser
- BENZOYL PEROXIDE : 1 pump of The Acne.org 2.5%
- MOISTURIZER: Cetaphil Moilturizing Lotion/Cream + Acne.org AHA + 5-6 drops of Acne.org Jojoba Oil

Extras:
- Concealer: MAC Studio Finish Concealer in C25

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
- Pressed Powder: MAC Select Sheer in NC20

The Balm Sexy Mama Translucent Power

Smashbox Photoset Pressed Power in Light
- Foundation: Revlon Colorstay for Oily/Combination Skin in Buff

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fuide in Cashew

- Tinted Moisturizer: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Nude
- Scrub: St. Ives Apricot Scrub Blemish and Blackhead Control (twice a week in the AM)

- Eyecream: Clinique All About Eyes
- Medication: Diane 35
Meftormin 500mg (for PCOS)
- Supplements: Vitamin D3 (1000UI/day) --- Started 5/16/2013
Zinc (50mg/day) --- Started 5/16/2013

And this is all done as gently as possible. smile.png

This is my Regimen journey. ---

Ordering Acne.org Products from the Philippines. ---

This is my two year update on The Regimen and the products I have used ---


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Can anyone else who have used either of the above for fading red marks please reply? Thanks a lot!

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i've not used any of the above.as u already know.

but i think glycolic peel(of decent %,not crazy high %) is a safest bet.

u dont want to harm ur skin any further considering u already have a GOOD skin girl.

dont mess with it.

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Itchy red raised skin - dermatitis??

huge pores

indented scar

oils used for cooking

inflamed whiteheads & clogged pores

my balanced diet chart and skincare routine(medications taken & products used now)


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i've not used any of the above.as u already know.

but i think glycolic peel(of decent %,not crazy high %) is a safest bet.

u dont want to harm ur skin any further considering u already have a GOOD skin girl.

dont mess with it.

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i replied.


Itchy red raised skin - dermatitis??

huge pores

indented scar

oils used for cooking

inflamed whiteheads & clogged pores

my balanced diet chart and skincare routine(medications taken & products used now)


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