Posted 12 May 2013 - 03:59 PM
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 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!
Edited by Flaxen, 12 May 2013 - 11:44 PM.
Post (Ro)accutane Regimen:
Cleanse: Olay Essentials Refreshing Face Wash
Exfoliate: Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant
Treat red marks: Superfacialist Vitamin C Glow Boost Serum
Moisturise: Simple Kind to Skin Protecting Moisture Cream SPF 30
Lips: Nivea Lip Care Sun Protect SPF 30
Makeup base: Estee Lauder Matte Perfecting Primer, Yves Saint Laurent Teint Touche Eclat - BR10, Clinique Blended Face Powder - Invisible
Cleanse: Olay Essentials Refreshing Face Wash, Original Source Mint and Tea Tree Shower Gel
Exfoliate: Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant
Treat red marks: Differin (0.1% Adapalene)
Moisturise: Simple Kind to Skin Replenising Rich Moisturiser
Lips: Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm
100% acne free and stubborn red marks disappearing!