I think my scarring looks very much like yours (though I still have active acne and quite a bit of redness)
I was wondering what you have found that has helped your scarring? Treatments? Topicals? Anything you take internally that you believe has made a difference?
I'm very open to any advice you could give me regarding anything about scars.
Scars tend to get a bit better with time, so I'm just trying to be patient and not overload my skin. I basically take a lot of nutrients internally to help my body produce more collagen (vitamin C and antioxidants in particular) and I noticed that my skin looks healthier. If I don't sleep for 8 hours and do not eat well one day, my skin doesn't look as good. For a quick pick me up, I drink vitamin water zero, the no sugar kind, and that gives me some of those vitamins. And all the other things listed on my signature. Clear touch Light, which is like IPL but cheaper and less intense, has helped my scarring a bit, and so did red light therapy.
Topically, I use a good night cream (Image Cosmetics' Ormedic night creme) that keeps the area moisturized and plumps it up temporarily. When I wake up in the morning, my scars look less shallow, but only if I use the cream every night (it has sodium hyaluronate that helps hydrate and fill in lines).
I also used to use MSM cream, and that actually reduced a rolling scar I had on my cheek.
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Hi again WishClean,
What kind of scarring do you actually have?
How much improvement do you think can be expected overtime if you leave them on their own to heal (without using harsh products and lasers etc)?
I only noticed my indents about 1 month ago. I am not sure how long they've been there...
They're still red so I am hoping they're still healing and may get better if I do my most to help them.
I am asking this here because the 'scar' section scares me! I don't want to think about horrible lasers and such just yet. I really do believe I can do something nice and natural now that might mean I never have to do any invasive treatments.
The scarring that is in the photos I posted...I guess it's like icepick/ poke marks mostly and some under the skin bumps that never come to the surface.
I did post some photos a few months ago to ask people what they thought of my scars and they said they can't see them, so I posted photos here from a different angle in bright light to make them appear. Are yours similar?
I'm not ready for lasers or even dermaroller so I haven't looked at the scar forum carefully because I know what people will suggest and I'm not ready. Those treatments can actually trigger more acne, that's what a dermatologist told me, so I'd rather stick with the scars than the active acne.
Since your indents are still red, there's a good chance they will become less dense in a few months. Keep moisturizing because dryness makes them appear deeper.
Vitamin C internally can help, and some people on the scar forum use a topical vitamin C serum but I avoid it because my skin doesn't like anything topical with vitamin C.
Vitamin E can also help (topically and internally), and so can MSM cream. MSM cream actually helped make one of my rolling scars disappear over the course of a month or two, but it usually only works on fresh scars.
I don't know anything about your personality but just going on the photos alone, I would feel very lucky to go a date with a girl as pretty as you =)
Thanks for the compliment. I have a feeling I'll be single for a long time :/
My scars are more like shallow rolling scars, my skin looks a bit uneven in certain light. That's what I have classified them as anyway. I am considering posting photos and having others tell me what they think. I do believe we are harsher on ourselves.
I still have active acne. A fair bit on congestion and clogged pores (whiteheads I think they're called). And this makes my skin look even more uneven. I like to believe that if I had not a single active bump or whitehead that my scarring would hardly look noticeable-maybe that's not realistic but I hope it is.
I hope to get some vitamin C supplements when I next go shopping. What kind of dosage do you recommend?
I have also introduced MSM internally over the past couple of weeks.
What do you classify as 'fresh scars' exactly? Like how old? Or what would they look like?
I am looking into topical MSM creams and am wondering if maybe it could help my rolling scars as it helped yours.
Could you recommend a brand? I have found a good one that is natural and has 10% MSM, do you think that is enough?
I sort of feel like I'm at a critical point for healing the scars-I only noticed them about 1 month ago but they could have been there longer. I feel like if I get to it quickly I could heal them somewhat.
I also noticed you're on DIM. I am also looking into that and natural progesterone cream as I believe that my acne could very possibly be hormone-but aggravated by stress etc.
Also another question, what was your acne like at its worst? And what do you believe has helped you the most?
I have been quite healthy for at least the past 5 months or so (with small slip up every once in a while), but I don't believe this has made much of a difference. I believe stress is a major factor for me. And I did calm down with the crazy stressing about my skin for a month or so and I stopped getting the bigger breakouts but then I discovered the scarring and I cannot stop thinking/stressing about it!!
Oh gosh, sorry for such a long rant and all the questions, I just feel totally consumed by all this and I don't have anyone to talk to about it so it's all just in my head. Grrrr. And also I have no bloody idea what to actually do!!! I read all this different stuff everyday and get so overwhelmed by it that I end up not actually doing anything different because I don't know where to start!!!!!
This is how its been for months-and maybe if I actually had have made a proper start months ago I wouldn't have the added stress of scarring!
Obviously I want to clear the acne. I think I will do this my giving DIM a try and maybe NPC. Most people see results within 3 months I believe.
But I also want to tackle the scarring at the same time. So....I will continue the supplements I am on already: Liver support, Zinc, magnesium, calcium and d3 (combined) and MSM. I will add Vitamin c, and maybe look into some antioxidants and also maybe gelatin (have heard its good for building collagen) and some good strong fish oil.
I will continue to gently cleanse my skin at night time, not morning. I use a cream at night that is meant to prevent acne (natural). I will see about adding an MSM cream too-worried about overloading my skin though.
Maybe use aloe vera and manuka honey mask for scarring/acne.
And keep up with my good diet but try to include more anti-inflammatory foods.
I am terribly sorry for the post. I just do feel very much like I'm and battling this entirely on my own.
Anyway, I would really appreciate it if you could answer my questions. Grr, not I just need to be a bit more proactive and just make some decisions and do something....
Thanks again WishClean.