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#21 determinedtowin

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Posted 14 June 2013 - 05:59 PM

No that was for my acne originally which was ridiculous because it was so severe at the time. Oh to have normal skin! Mine definitely seems to be getting worse texture and scar wise (white smooth marks appearing)

Fingers crossed some solution is on th horizon :)

By the way... It's nice for someone to actually reply in here :)

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Posted 14 June 2013 - 10:28 PM

I'm sure there has to be a solution for this little problem!! I'm excited to hear what happenes at the appointment!!

My skin texture is alittle all over the place right now. I have red marks on my cheeks still from my accutane course that I am just finally starting to get rid of. I ordered dans AHA from acne.org and have been using it for a couple of days now. It's supposed to take you from clear to perfect and even out skin tones and textures so I am excited to see results but nervous to start a new product I'm so scared I'm I'm going to break out! I did a patch test for a couple days and things were fine so I went for it today and put it all over my face today! Fingers crossed this product works for me!! I was hopeful these red marks would fade on their own but 9 months later they have barely budged!! Ugh acne such a pain isn't it?
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Posted 15 June 2013 - 06:03 AM

It certainly is!!

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Posted 19 June 2013 - 09:50 AM

Seriously, THE biggest waste of time and I nearly grabbed the dermatologist by the throat!

So... I went to my appointment today.

Firstly, as weird as it sounds, I wanted people to be in thir with scarring so that I could 'compare' scars. There was a lad that was bout my age in there me without sounding awful, I feel grateful my scarring isn't that bad.

Anyway, after finally getting to see the dermatologist (an hour and a half late) I was met with a student nurse being sat in with us. This immediately made me feel uncomfortable as she was hot!!! But I thought "fk it, I've waited ages for this appointment, I'm telling him everything"

He asked me LOTS of questions... Am I on any medication? How does my scarring make me feel? The idiot even asked me how old I was (yeah mate, my date of birth is on your records right in front of you) I thought great this is leading to something

He then said "so you've got some red marks?" Well yeah that's by I'm here you idiot. He then examines them and rubs them a bit and says "we'll your doctor has said you had bacteria but I can't see anything" I then asked him why it got irritated then when I shave and what are the smooth white bits as my GP said it was originally fungal. He again said "I can't see anything apart from pitted skin which is minor and you'd have to go private to sort it"

I lost my rag then and again asked why my skin got irritated and rubbed it myself! He basically dismissed me again so I walked out.

Utter clown. Why ask m all those questions? Seemed like a training exercise for the nurse to me

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Posted 19 June 2013 - 08:08 PM

Oh my god! It does sound like a huge waste of time! I'm sure he was training the nurse like you said. Everytime they ask me if I'm okay with a student observing I say no. Because they spend more time teaching the student then actually listening to me or actually treating me. So basically you waited do long for the appointment and all you got is a you have to go private to sort it out? That's bull shit. I'd be pissed off. The NHS doctors are jerks and they should feel useless. Anything with any challenge or anything that is helpful to a patient a private doctor does. What's the purpose of NHS dermatologist then? To shove antibiotics at you and that is all? Ugh the medical field just pisses me off. I would have walked out too. I'm sorry the appointment was such a let down. Is there a way you can see a different derm? Or when you go NHS is there no choices for you?
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Posted 19 June 2013 - 11:17 PM

Can you post a picture? I am having a hard time visualizing the problem.


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Posted 20 June 2013 - 02:18 AM

Oh my god! It does sound like a huge waste of time! I'm sure he was training the nurse like you said. Everytime they ask me if I'm okay with a student observing I say no. Because they spend more time teaching the student then actually listening to me or actually treating me. So basically you waited do long for the appointment and all you got is a you have to go private to sort it out? That's bull shit. I'd be pissed off. The NHS doctors are jerks and they should feel useless. Anything with any challenge or anything that is helpful to a patient a private doctor does. What's the purpose of NHS dermatologist then? To shove antibiotics at you and that is all? Ugh the medical field just pisses me off. I would have walked out too. I'm sorry the appointment was such a let down. Is there a way you can see a different derm? Or when you go NHS is there no choices for you?

You can't win because the NHS isn't interested and privates try and push whatever costs them the least! I give up to be honest! The NHS are hopeless!

 

I'll try and get a pic ASAP but my phone is broken at the moment... waiting on a new one.



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Posted 26 June 2013 - 02:52 AM

Went back to my GP today but saw someone else who was really really nice (I think she is new) and said she'd send me for a 2nd opinion if I could come back when it flares up. This is going to be difficult because it can change from day to day and it takes weeks to get an appointment even with a GP!

 

I did ask her why my skin is starting to lose pigment in certain places (tiny hard white scar like tissue) and she said she would have to put it to the derm... I'm going to wait for an appointment at Salford Royal Hospital (apparently one of the best derm departments in the UK) like I should have the first time. Because I wanted to see someone quickly I picked a 'lesser' hospital

 

the pigment loss is starting to bother me as the hair stops growing there but my stubble grows quickly so it becomes obvious. On the other hand I hate shaving cos it irritates my skin!

 

I'll try and get some pictures next week when my new phone finally turns up!! I really wouldn't wish acne on anyone!


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Posted 03 July 2013 - 05:13 AM

Hi again!

 

Sorry it's taken so long but I've just managed to get a new phone so here are some pictures. 

 

The right side is where I have the red patch but it is hard to see due to the camera. The left side is quite red today because I used a scrub this morning but the red on the jawline just won't go away and has been there for years sad.png

 

It is also hard to see my 'pits' with the camera

 

Thoughts?

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 02:54 AM

Any thought 'Like Moonlight' ?



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Posted 11 July 2013 - 08:54 AM

I received a copy of the letter my derm sent to my GP today and it was a load of rubbish... he couldn't even be bothered to sign it (to save time apparently)

 

I despair! 



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Posted 11 July 2013 - 08:07 PM

Hi! I see the red you are talking about, have you ever looked into eczema? Looks like you could have a mild eczema issue. I don't see the pitted scars really. I don't think you have anything to worry about, your a very good looking guy! You just need a see a doctor that will actually look at your skin and spend some time with you. You know like some doc should take a patch test or something if they don't know what it is by looking at it.

Did this continue after your accutane course, could it be permanate facial flushing?
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Posted 12 July 2013 - 01:34 AM

I'm pretty sure it's not eczema. It starred from a patch of acne I had there when I was on roaccutane. It's not flushing because it feels rubbery and gets irritated after shaving etc. I soak it in moisturiser!

I have got pits they're just hard to see in this light... I've posted pics on another thread that show them more x

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 09:12 AM

I would ask your doctor or derm to take a patch test and see what the results have to say. I mean if its consistently red and irritated looking and has a diffrent texture compared to the rest of your skin, there has to be something going on.
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Posted 03 December 2013 - 04:38 AM

Hi! I see the red you are talking about, have you ever looked into eczema? Looks like you could have a mild eczema issue. I don't see the pitted scars really. I don't think you have anything to worry about, your a very good looking guy! You just need a see a doctor that will actually look at your skin and spend some time with you. You know like some doc should take a patch test or something if they don't know what it is by looking at it.

Did this continue after your accutane course, could it be permanate facial flushing?

Good news! The latest derm (and a saviour as he's the best one to date!) is going to recommend me for some laser treatment for the redness and pitted scarring :)



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Posted 04 December 2013 - 12:19 PM

Hi! I see the red you are talking about, have you ever looked into eczema? Looks like you could have a mild eczema issue. I don't see the pitted scars really. I don't think you have anything to worry about, your a very good looking guy! You just need a see a doctor that will actually look at your skin and spend some time with you. You know like some doc should take a patch test or something if they don't know what it is by looking at it.
Did this continue after your accutane course, could it be permanate facial flushing?

Good news! The latest derm (and a saviour as he's the best one to date!) is going to recommend me for some laser treatment for the redness and pitted scarring :)

That is awesome news! About time you ran across a quality derm! Congrats! Did he say what the skin issue was? Thata really great he has a solution either way though! Thank you for the update. Let me know how the treatment goes will you?
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Posted 05 December 2013 - 04:11 AM

 

Hi! I see the red you are talking about, have you ever looked into eczema? Looks like you could have a mild eczema issue. I don't see the pitted scars really. I don't think you have anything to worry about, your a very good looking guy! You just need a see a doctor that will actually look at your skin and spend some time with you. You know like some doc should take a patch test or something if they don't know what it is by looking at it.
Did this continue after your accutane course, could it be permanate facial flushing?

Good news! The latest derm (and a saviour as he's the best one to date!) is going to recommend me for some laser treatment for the redness and pitted scarring smile.png

That is awesome news! About time you ran across a quality derm! Congrats! Did he say what the skin issue was? Thata really great he has a solution either way though! Thank you for the update. Let me know how the treatment goes will you?

 

 

 

Hi! I see the red you are talking about, have you ever looked into eczema? Looks like you could have a mild eczema issue. I don't see the pitted scars really. I don't think you have anything to worry about, your a very good looking guy! You just need a see a doctor that will actually look at your skin and spend some time with you. You know like some doc should take a patch test or something if they don't know what it is by looking at it.
Did this continue after your accutane course, could it be permanate facial flushing?

Good news! The latest derm (and a saviour as he's the best one to date!) is going to recommend me for some laser treatment for the redness and pitted scarring smile.png

That is awesome news! About time you ran across a quality derm! Congrats! Did he say what the skin issue was? Thata really great he has a solution either way though! Thank you for the update. Let me know how the treatment goes will you?

 

 

 

Hi! I see the red you are talking about, have you ever looked into eczema? Looks like you could have a mild eczema issue. I don't see the pitted scars really. I don't think you have anything to worry about, your a very good looking guy! You just need a see a doctor that will actually look at your skin and spend some time with you. You know like some doc should take a patch test or something if they don't know what it is by looking at it.
Did this continue after your accutane course, could it be permanate facial flushing?

Good news! The latest derm (and a saviour as he's the best one to date!) is going to recommend me for some laser treatment for the redness and pitted scarring smile.png

That is awesome news! About time you ran across a quality derm! Congrats! Did he say what the skin issue was? Thata really great he has a solution either way though! Thank you for the update. Let me know how the treatment goes will you?

He said he didn't really know at this point what the red patch was but try some anti biotics as it seems like underlying acne as I have the same sort of thing on the other side (he actually offered me Roaccutane which was weird I thought)

 

He then said we'd look at laser for my scarring which I nearly jumped through the roof about

 

I have a white patch that is getting bigger and bigger and the hair has stopped growing so it is prominent but he said he couldn't see it :/ I can't win because my stubble hides my scars but now that this is getting bigger it stands out with the hair growing around it! I HATE MY SKIN!!!

 

It looks similar to a white patch next to it which I've always head as it's a scar from cystic acne but this one hasn't been there until the last few months and I've had no active acne there?! Strange

 

Will definitely keep you updated smile.png


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Posted 12 December 2013 - 03:32 AM

I'm actually very downhearted about this today.

 

Yesterday, I received a letter from the hospital which contained a copy of my notes from my consultation. 

 

My major concern is that it is signed by the person I saw but has 'Locum Consultant Dermatologist' underneath his signature. I didn't realise he was a 'Locum' and I'm now worried that when I go back to see him in January it will be someone new and they won't offer the scar treatment or deny that he said I could have it (there's no mention of the actual treatment in the notes) :/

 

As previously stated, he has said I can go on antibiotics to clear up my minor acne at the moment before any scar treatment (I'm a bit confused as to why he's said I have inflammatory papules as I haven't) but he also wants me to have a blood test first to see why I am flushing so much at the moment before going on them whilst I am on the waiting list of scar treatment (maybe Rosacea?) 

 

He has said in the notes 'I will see him with his results in the new year' but I'm not sure if that means HE will see me or that was just his notes of what he was saying at the time. And it doesn't specifically say to see about scar treatment only about getting some antibiotics. Again, worrying

 

He's also said that I have 'diffuse scarring on both cheeks' I'm not sure if he means hyper pigmentation or pitted scarring? :/ It was obviously down heartening reading that :(