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mrsrobinson

Member Since 22 Dec 2009
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#3451706 Need Help

Posted by mrsrobinson on 12 September 2014 - 05:10 AM

have you seen a derm who is experienced in laser treatments?  you should go for a consult....

 

if money is a problem then go to the owndoc.com site, there is a story and picture of scars similar to you, and the fellow there dermarolled for close to a year, and saw great improvement.....I'm a derma stamp person myself, slow and steady improvement and CHEAP

 

and you aren't ugly, there is a lot more to you than the scars-  chin up, get a plan to improve them and get out there a live-  looks like you beat the active acne, there is a victory there to be celebrated!




#3451080 Stridex Pads Help Clear Backne

Posted by mrsrobinson on 08 September 2014 - 07:59 AM

here's another tip...try a weekly sea salt soak bath...or more if you have the time

 

search on this site for those who have used the sea salt baths....and if you can, opt for the dead sea salt you can buy in bulk on line

 

this way you have the ocean in your tub....sea salt can be healing...again search this site

 

and good for you that you've found something that works

 

another tip- make your own cleansing pad...use distilled water and buy a bottle of salicylic acid toner, add a little hibiclens or witch hazel, you make up the mixture to the %s you want then I saved the old containers from stridex, put clean dry plain cotton pads in the container and put the liquid on top




#3450021 Update And Photo's - Needling

Posted by mrsrobinson on 01 September 2014 - 06:03 AM

our scars look very similar....I  stamp away myself and there is no doubt improvement, it's slow going but it's there

 

I can definitely see the same with yours....where do you live and what is the name of the machine the doctor will be using for the RF treatments?

 

THANK YOU for keeping us posted, we are all rooting for you!!




#3449773 My Scars After Accutane Treatment

Posted by mrsrobinson on 30 August 2014 - 04:02 PM

I would also say go to the owndoc.com forum and read up about derma rollers and derma stamps....some good info there and it's much cheaper to do it yourself..

 

I agree the scars aren't deep, it will take patience and time, but you will be able to improve these

 

good luck, and yes conventional wisdom seems to be wait 6 months post accutane




#3446333 Help Urgent! How Do U Do The Makeup? It Just Doesnt Work?

Posted by mrsrobinson on 09 August 2014 - 08:08 AM

the makeup at night thing is not a good move....to do all the time

 

clean skin at bed is a must, and treat the active pimples then

 

for active pimples I treat first once that's dry I like powder concealer for active acne- there are many out there, just get a good match

 

for all over help I just tried the new Maybelline BB makeup that has SA in it, been a week now and I really like it-  coverage is very light though, I go over it with concealer on areas that need help...again powder concealer

 

so no harm done sleeping with it for one night, just don't make it a habit....and deep breath, get out there and have a good time-  no one notices every little bump the way we do....it's hard, but get out there!




#3444535 Acne At It's Worst. Please Help

Posted by mrsrobinson on 31 July 2014 - 04:24 AM

it could definitely be the birth control, particularly if you were relatively clear before starting....talk to your gyno about other options....search this board for brands that work better with acne....good luck, and do try to relax....you are taking control, fighting back, give yourself some credit and a break from that mirror




#3433061 Cysts On My Face, And Keloid Skin :( And Whiteheads :'(

Posted by mrsrobinson on 24 May 2014 - 05:26 AM

so hard to say, for me alcohol is not an issue, swimming is GREAT- sweat is a problem when I exercise so I shower right after and put on clean clothes

 

for me with cystic acne, accutane didn't work so I journaled everything I ate for months and then eliminated wheat/gluten and dairy... I don't eat a lot of junk food, very little processed foods, and not a lot of sugar mostly in the form of dark chocolate

 

I have two keloids on my shoulders that have plagued me for years...I do a series of steriod injections and they flatten for a while then come back, ugh   but they are smaller

 

and the cysts that won't go away, yep, I've had them excised and had no problems with keloids after on my face, but that is a roll of the dice

 

good luck to you, it does make you crazy, but approach it systemically, keep a journal but do try to eat better if you aren't, and avoid processed foods if you can




#3431455 Avoiding Work,school, Social Events...etc Due To Acne

Posted by mrsrobinson on 13 May 2014 - 01:36 PM

we've all been there-  then when we beat the acne, it's the scars...

 

but keep going out, find good friends who love you for you, or family, you don't need many, but get out of the house

 

and make your plan to wage war against acne and scars and make continuous improvement




#3430820 Scarring?!

Posted by mrsrobinson on 08 May 2014 - 05:38 PM

I agree with the other poster, taz alone won't help, you need to either try accutane or work on other change, ie diet

 

but to answer your question yes i did get a breakout that lasted a few weeks, but it was whiteheads...my 7 month initial breakout with accutane was ALL CYSTIC, not one whitehead...but again I'm a rarity, and I had a severe reaction to the wonder drug, but again a rarity

 

so taz will help smooth things out and keep pores clean which in theory helps, but cystic acne, true cystic acne needs a deeper treatment in addition




#3430704 Scarring?!

Posted by mrsrobinson on 08 May 2014 - 06:56 AM

the joys of cystic acne-  we don't get little white heads that may leave PIH, oh no, we get the dark PIH that is deep under the skin and rolling scars

 

you have to get it under control or you know what happens...accutane was an absolute nightmare for me, an initial breakout that lasted 7 months and I have that initial breakout to thank for most of my scars, but it DOES work for a lot of people...for those of us with true cystic acne you need to do something

 

after the wonder drug failed, I tried diet changes, no gluten (wheat) or dairy EVER for me- I just don't cheat...and for me tazorac helped a great deal, i'm tapering off now and in LOVE with mandelic acid...I rarely get a cyst now

 

your triggers will be unique to you, it's hard work to find, but journal everything and keep track - gluten and dairy are big culprits but not for all

 

that's why this is so hard, but I'm sure you can find your triggers, just takes a LOT of work, good luck to you




#3428414 How Do My Fellow Ugly Guys Cope With Being Undesired?

Posted by mrsrobinson on 24 April 2014 - 06:31 PM

work on the things that really matter, as hard as it is...college doesn't last forever

 

work on getting an education, a good one, do leadership activities and think about that resume-- work towards getting a GREAT job and being a standout when you graduate (trust me getting a good job is going to be what's hot in a few years....trust me)

 

you'll have more time to focus on that, do something positive- graduate at the top of your class, and have a standout resume

 

I can assure, those hot guys will be working for you or pumping gas if they don't take their education seriously

 

focus your attention away from girls to something positive that will pay off...and continue to work on getting your acne under control- but if you feel down, just say screw it, shelve the chick thing and work on something positive!




#3420701 Sometimes There Really Is No Hope

Posted by mrsrobinson on 16 March 2014 - 06:56 PM

been there, and it is tough....accutane didn't work for me, made things worse, guess I'm the 1% oh joy!

 

scarring cystic acne, that only responded to steroid injections...for me, diet changes worked, I eat ZERO gluten and ZERO dairy...may not work for you, but it might!

 

I'm working on my scars, I've had many laser treatments which have smoothed out my skin, but I have many rolling scars, which I now derma stamp myself...things are slowly getting better.

 

I also have a fulfilling career, and I am married, I just kept going, tried to be confident, kept working on self improvement, education and career...it can be done, and no one looks at our face as deeply as we do. 

 

So get that acne under control, keep a journal and do some diet eliminations, don't give up!  Then start to work on the scarring...depending on the depth, either fraxels or a full laser resurfacing to smooth things out and you go from there.

 

Do not give up!  Ping me privately if you have any questions, there are many here in the same boat....chin up!




#3420043 Acne With Dairy Products

Posted by mrsrobinson on 13 March 2014 - 06:04 AM

there could be many things leading to the breakout....if you've always worked out without problems, then keep working out

 

if you just started new supplements and then contain dairy, then stop them

 

keep a journal of what you eat, topicals you use, physical activity, mood, etc...and keep track of lesions

 

you don't have to avoid everything, just your triggers, but it takes work to figure out what your triggers are....hopefully it is that easy for you and you can avoid dairy, and do everything else you do and stay clear

 

they are your triggers, and you are unique....everyone else here can share theirs but at the end of the day, you need to figure out YOURS- good luck to you!




#3419051 My Story

Posted by mrsrobinson on 07 March 2014 - 09:38 PM

well awareness is the first step, so you've taken the biggest one!

 

why not do the old rubber band trick on the wrist, when you feel the urge to pick, whack your wrist and do something else, take a walk, clean the house or the car, do something positive...keep busy, idle hands and minds really are the devils workshop

 

but good for you, you want to make a change, that really is a good start

 

we are rooting for you!




#3417878 A Positive Accutane Experience

Posted by mrsrobinson on 02 March 2014 - 07:49 PM

good for you, and for most people it does work, I had the huge cysts on the back of my neck too...horrible

 

unfortunately I tried accutane and after 7 months of stops and starts due to some pretty bad side effects and an initial breakout that lasted the full seven months I stopped....it is so depressing to be in the small % accutane doesn't work for.....so consider yourself lucky!

 

I did manage to get it mostly under control now with a very strict diet and a crazy topical routine, that I may have to keep up for life, but at least I found my triggers.....but oh to just take a pill, I'm envious