rolling scars respond well to derma stamping...I've been at it for years...read up on the owndoc.com forum and educate yourself
I am using a 1.5mm stamp, but built up from 0.5mm when I started...I use either the copper peptide serum from the owndoc.com site or a vitamin C serum, I mix it up a bit...I stamp about every 10 days to 2 weeks...no question the rolling scars have improved
but slow and steady progress, and cheap!
if you have money the fraxel lasers will go faster but there is downtime- NO downtime from stamping, I do it before I go to bed, next day it's a bit red but I use a mineral cover concealer, but it's just not that bad
good luck to you- read up and educate yourself and make your plan!
the problem is that older derms are retiring, they had the skill to do dermabrasion and that is a treatment totally that relies on the skill of the doctor...the older guys and gals never grew up with ablative lasers, they just did dermabrasion....so sadly it's a dying art
it's such a personal thing and it depends on your scars, where they are, what kind they are and how deep....find a couple good experienced derms and go talk to them and YOU decide
yep this woman does go overboard on how I think others view my scars, but I think that is an acne curse to men and women
so Pond68 please be brave enough to post a little picture...if you have rolling scars go to the owndoc.com forum and read up about derma stamping or rolling- I've been doing this for years and it's cheap and easy....of course progress takes time, but if you don't get started you'll never see anything!
TCA peels too are a great thing to do monthly, but don't go crazy and don't go above 12% to start....go slow on everything till you see how YOUR skin reacts, then build up from there
put together a plan over the next 6-12 months of what you'll do, rolling/stamping monthly and 2 weeks apart from that a mild TCA peel monthly....get going on your journey to scar revision, nothing like having a plan
and look on line on you tube at how to camoflague acne and scars....good luck to you!! come back with questions, we all want to help, but a picture would help us help you
we are all different, I had cystic acne and accutane didn't work for me, quit after 7 months of a never ending initial breakout and other side effects- so there you go, that is the cure all for the world, uh not for me
one size does NOT FIT ALL with acne, we all should know that
I had exhausted all pharmacy options, so diet was the only thing I had left- quit dairy and gluten and amazingly cleared most of my cystic acne....still get an occasional cyst though and my diet is PERFECT
so there is a place for diet for SOME OF US, not all of us- and before I'd take a pill with known severe side effects I sure would try it for 30 days....wish wish wish someone had told me- all of my scars are from my 7 month never ending initial cystic accutane breakout....sigh
but diet DOES HELP MANY--- so please try it for yourself
if the raised bumps aren't active acne then they are keloids, although they look active, which is why we are confused
I had keloids, and required a monthly series of injections, maybe 4 or so before they shrank down and flattened
in conjunction with that, you have hyperpigmentation, so research peels to help speed the turnover of cells, look at lactic acid or glycolic acid
you also have some millia present, which can be removed by your dermatologist...but you will need a derm so go find a good one if you haven't
and scar removal is a journey, you have to find a good partner (derm) and set your goals, but often it takes a multi layer approach, and time- but you will see small improvement with each step on your journey
keep your expectations realistic and good luck to you!