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DC-girl

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#3434148 Scar Success!

Posted by DC-girl on 31 May 2014 - 09:36 AM

why did you mention no grains in your diet ? 

 

Because they are inflammatory, harmful, accelerate aging and are hard to digest. They hurt your metabolism and therefore your ability to heal well. There's a ton of info out there about why you should stop eating grains and espectially wheat. Do your research.

 

Here's something to help you get started.

http://raypeat.com/a.../glycemia.shtml




#3413118 Scar Success!

Posted by DC-girl on 09 February 2014 - 02:17 PM

@aurevoir771  Got a quick question for you DC-Girl. You said you went off retin-a before doing any treatment. How long were you off of retin-a before you did your first treatment? YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO BE OFF RETIN-A AT LEAST 7-10 DAYS BEFORE YOU DO A PEEL.

 

Also, did you start with TCA peel first or dermastamp? DON'T KNOW, DOESN'T MATTER. STAMPING/NEEDLING IS GOOD FOR THICK SCARS, OLD SCARS AND TCA GIVES QUICK RESULTS FOR NEWER SHALLOW SCARRING. 

 

 

I used retin-a out of curiosity for 6 days, but dropped it right away because it was only doing harms to my skin. I think vitamin A products in general can do more harms than goods when it comes to dealing with scarring.

NO, IT'S NOT THE VITAMIN A THAT'S THE PROBLEM, IT'S THE SYNTHETIC VERSION THAT THESE GUYS HAVE MANUFACTURED AS RETIN-A THAT'S TOXIC FOR YOU. VITAMIN A IS VERY GOOD FOR YOU. BUT YOU SHOULD HAVE A PROPER DIET THAT GETS YOU PLENY OF VITAMIN A MORE THAN ANYTHING TOPICAL IS GIVING YOU. GIVING UP RETIN-A WAS A GOOD DECISION. BRAVO. 

 

It has been a week since I came off retin-a, and I want to start the treatment ASAP. At the same time, I am scared that my skin is too sensitive at the moment due to vitamin A overdose. Your insight would be greatly helpful. Thanks.

FIRST OFF, DON'T BE IN A RUSH, IT TAKES TIME TO FIX SCARRING. IT TAKES 30 DAYS FOR YOUR SKIN TO TURNOVER SO TRY TO BE PATIENT. IF YOU'R NOT ON ACCUTANE THEN 7-10 AFTER QUITTING RETIN-A SHOULD BE FINE TO START TCA/STAMPING. 



#3408729 Scar Success!

Posted by DC-girl on 18 January 2014 - 12:59 PM

Thanks so much.

NO! I meant exactly what I said; I DO NOT EAT UN-saturated oils. I DO EAT healthy Saturated fats, coconut oil, butter, etc.

It helps both acne and scarring, a healthy body both kills inflammation/infection (acne)  and heals better (scarring).

 

I'm old, LOL, early thirties, so some of the scars were very recent, and some were 10 years old.

 

I'm happy to hear it gives you hope, that's exciting!

 

No omega-3, fish oils, olive oil etc then. I will have to read up on this, I always though unsaturated fat was considered good. O3 particularly is considered a miracle cure for just about everything.

 

Yeah, I know, I always thought that too. I do eat some olive oil but not a lot like I used to.

You want saturated fats. Unsaturated fats lead to increased inflammation,etc. I know a lot about this because I struggled with arthritis too and they were always telling me to eat Omega-3's and I was having bad flare-ups. And it makes a lot of sense when you think about it, we're land animals, mammals, not fish or plants.

Read Ray Peat's articles on his website if you want to learn more. He explains about the old studies (on essential fatty acids) they base all that omega-3 info on. Just a warning, it's not exactly light reading, so put your thinking cap on when you do, they're science articles, he's not selling a book, or a diet, or anything, so you really have to educate yourself on this by taking the time to read and understand it.




#3408707 Scar Success!

Posted by DC-girl on 18 January 2014 - 11:20 AM

Congratulations on your success!

 

I have a question on single needling, do you also poke the borders of the scars or just in the scars?

 

I hit any and all area that is scar tissue. So yes, I poke the borders.

 

Remember, a lot of people stamp/roll non-scarred skin for anti-aging/wrinkle benefits too, so it's not a huge deal if you got slightly outside the scar.



DC-girl your skin looks fantastic. Congratulations!

 

When you said you cut out unsaturated fats, did you mean to say saturated fats? Are you saying these diet changes helped your needling success or were you more talking about getting rid the acne?

 

I'd also be interested to know how old your scars were and how old you are, if that's not too personal a question.

 

Thank you so much for posting.your success, it really helps to give hope.

 

Thanks so much.

NO! I meant exactly what I said; I DO NOT EAT UN-saturated oils. I DO EAT healthy Saturated fats, coconut oil, butter, etc.

It helps both acne and scarring, a healthy body both kills inflammation/infection (acne)  and heals better (scarring).

 

I'm old, LOL, early thirties, so some of the scars were very recent, and some were 10 years old.

 

I'm happy to hear it gives you hope, that's exciting!




#3408510 Scar Success!

Posted by DC-girl on 17 January 2014 - 03:11 PM

Hi everyone,

 

Here's my before and afters:

http://www.acne.org/...8-scar-success/

 

Just wanted to post my success for moral support and encouragement for anyone else like me that thought they'd NEVER make progress.

I had acne my whole life and it became cystic when I reached my late 20's. I had the worst acne of ANYONE I'd ever seen, I even had to have some surgical excision of cysts that never left. It was that bad. I don't use any acne products. I only wash my face once a day, don't even wash it in the mornings. I use coconut oil as a cleanser sometimes and a makeup remover if I wear make up.

 

The pics are about 2 years apart.  I attribute the improvement in scarring to derma-stamping, single needling, STOPPING retin-A, silicone mircro-droplet injections, TCA spot treatment on scars and eating a healthy diet with no soy, grains, or unsaturated oils. There are some red areas in this after pic because I recently did some TCA spot treating on a couple icepick scars but I don't break out anymore and this redness is temporary and easily covered with make up.
I highly recommend derma-stamping and TCA for scars, when used cautiously and only if you've educated yourself on proper use. I really love using a 30%tca to spot treat small spots at a time because I don't have to hide in my house for 2 weeks that way, it's a slower longer process but I find that at least that way it actually gets done. As for stamping, I now do it once a month (or every 4-6 weeks) and I also just starting massaging my face and scars which feels good and brings blood flow to the surface of your skin making it healthier.  There's a post somewhere on the forums here called "30min massage for scars" you can read which is very helpful too. I don't even use any cleansers except honey in the shower and sometimes coconut oil. I got rid of all the store bought, chemical laden crap. That being said, I do think salicylic acid, lactic acid and tca are good as long as they're not done too much, and health wise, I feel they're pretty safe to use. They're made from milk and fruit.
I used to think it would never get better and I'm so glad I was patient, took pictures, kept learning, and kept persevering.




#3408487 Freedom From Scars And Acne!

Posted by DC-girl on 17 January 2014 - 02:14 PM

Hi everyone,

 

I've got another before pic on my gallery. I can't seem to fit more than these 2 pictures on this post so here's the link to the other one:

http://www.acne.org/...8-scar-success/

 

Just wanted to post my success for moral support and encouragement for anyone else like me that thought they'd NEVER get clear. I had acne my whole life and it became cystic when I reached my late 20's. I had the worst acne of ANYONE I'd ever seen, I even had to have some surgical excision of cysts that never left. It was that bad, this picture doesn't do it justice but it's the best I've got. I had periods where I had some improvement and I'd get hopeful but I was never permanently clear until this year when I starting on Spironolactone and changed my diet.  I waited to post this until enough time has passed that I knew for a fact I was done breaking out. The last inflamed zit I has was 8 months ago. I changed my diet about 10 months ago I started spiro about 15 or 16 months ago, so it took about 8 months after starting spiro and 2 months after changing my diet for me to be totally clear. Even if I cheat on my diet I don't get acne anymore, maybe some clogged pores but no acne. I don't use any acne products. I only wash my face once a day, don't even wash it in the mornings. I use coconut oil as a cleanser sometimes and a makeup remover if I wear make up.

I started out at 75mg of Spiro and upped it to 150mg within 3 months after crying to my derm to let me up it. I want to give a shout out to Green Gables for her post on spiro too which was so helpful and got me going on it. As for the diet part of it which is also very important, I stay away from all junk food, fast food, and any type of grain and or soy. To the best of my ability I do not eat ANY unsaturated oils, which means the only ones I do eat are coconut oil and olive oil. Google Ray peat and read his articles on aging, inflammation, health etc and educate yourself on this subject. It might very well save your life as well as clear your skin.

 

The pics are about 2 years apart. The other gallery post shows my scars better and I attribute the improvement in scarring to derma-stamping, single needling, STOPPING retin-A, silicone mircro-droplet injections, TCA spot treatment on scars and eating a healthy diet like I mention above. There are some red areas in this after pic because I recently did some TCA spot treating but I don't break out anymore and this redness is temporary and easily covered with make up.
I highly recommend derma-stamping and TCA for scars, when used cautiously and only if you've educated yourself on proper use. I really love using a 30%tca to spot treat small spots at a time because I don't have to hide in my house for 2 weeks that way, it's a slower longer process but I find that at least that way it actually gets done. As for stamping, I now do it once a month (or every 4-6 weeks) and I also just starting massaging my face and scars which feels good and brings blood flow to the surface of your skin making it healthier.  There's a post somewhere on the forums here called "30min massage for scars" you can read which is very helpful too. I don't even use any cleansers except honey in the shower and sometimes coconut oil. I got rid of all the store bought, chemical laden crap. That being said, I do think salicylic acid, lactic acid and tca are good as long as they're not done too much, and health wise, I feel they're pretty safe to use. They're made from milk and fruit.
I used to think it would never get better and I'm so glad I was patient, took pictures, kept learning, and kept persevering.

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#3331460 Cortisone Shots Gone Wrong

Posted by DC-girl on 06 March 2013 - 02:55 PM

I had 2 cortisone shots last month that caused atrophy.

But it filled in on its own within 2 weeks. No big deal. 

 

I have also had atrophy from cortisone stay for months and that time I got it filled with HA filler and it was as good as new after that. Problem solved.

 

My BIGGEST mistake of my life was NOT getting cortisone shots; posts like this one caused me to get scared so I let a mountainous cyst grow until it was the size of a quarter. I finally then gave in and got a cortisone shot.

I wish I had done it earlier because I most likely would have saved myself the scarring from the cyst. 

Lesson learned. The next time (hopefully never) that I get  a cyst I'm having it injected as soon as I know its going to be big and stop it in its tracks.

 

Just my 2 cents from my personal experience.




#3313801 Cortisone Shots Gone Wrong

Posted by DC-girl on 27 December 2012 - 08:40 PM

Why haven't you just gotten filler put in the dents.
I've had cortisone/and or cyst scarring before and getting HA filler put in worked wonders.
It was like it was never even there.


#3309355 Help! I Don't Know What Happened!

Posted by DC-girl on 08 December 2012 - 08:16 PM

Read this thread;

http://www.acne.org/...t-lead-to-acne/