I have scars all over my nose and cheeks. It gives an "orange peel" look on my entire face. How do I get rid of them? I am 26 and had small adult acne in my early 20's. Now, my acne has subsided, with very small acne scars. I cannot seem to get rid of these ice pick scars ? I'm not sure if they are clogged pores or scars, but again, my skin has an "orange peel" look. My skin IS NOT dried out, however. I keep it very moisturized and what I've noticed is that that these "scars" fill up like pores? so maybe they are pores? Either way, when it comes to my nose, the pores are very large. If I squeeze them, a huge amount of oil, dirt comes out. However, when it is empty, it is still huge and fills up with in an hour or so? Any suggestions? How do I fully empty the nose pores (and nostrils) and then apply some sort of minimizer / collagen? to close the pore up AFTER emptying it? The "ice pick" scars are on my cheeks (upper cheek area) and they do not fill up, they just stay big and even connect to make lines, how can I get rid of these?? When I moisturizer, my skin gets oily and the pores fill up, but my skin cracks and becomes dry without a moisturizer. Right now, my acne looks the best it ever had and my skin looks extra moisterized because I have been steaming it for 5 min 2 to 3 times a week. I use a 2% salicylic cleaner 2x a day, retin-a ONLY on any acne flare-ups and a benzyl cream in the am. After steaming, I use a face mask 2x a week as well and sometimes use an baking powder as an exfoliatr only on my nose. So, my issue is that :
1) On the nose, my pores are totally filled to bursting, if I empty them, how can I make them smaller? If squeezing them is a bad method to empty them fully, then what should I do? It is very hard to get them fully empty.
2)On my cheecks, I have either ice pick scars (that's what they look like) or big pores that DONT fill up...and when I strech my face out, they go away. How do I get rid of these???
Lastly, like I mentioned above, my acne is under control now I am just dealing with this cloggged pore / ice pick scarring issue, but it is NOT nearly as bad enough as some of the pics I've seen so I would rather NOT get any surgery at this time.
P.S. When I went to a derm, she told me these were clogged hair follicles????? WTF is that and anyone have any idea how to get rid of that?