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austra

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#3407553 In Need Of Wisdom And Advice For My Scarring (With Pics)

Posted by austra on 13 January 2014 - 12:58 PM

I've read some accounts of it happening, and that it's supposed to revert back after you finish, but I don't have personal experience unfortunately. Hope you're doing well, Cherry! Good luck with accutane, I bet it's wonderful to say good-bye to break-outs for good! smile.png My skin is currently doing much better due to pregnancy hormones and topical clindamycin so I haven't got much new scarring recently, but I may face the same treatment in the end.

My derm did tell me on January 8th that my sebaceous glands will once again begin to produce oil (thus, moisture in my skin) once I am finished with this course of Accutane. I suppose once that starts to happen, my scars won't appear as they do now. The current dryness I'm experiencing really does make the edges of the scars look a little "harsher", if that makes any sense. 

I am doing well, thank you. I have been saying in this thread that I will create another thread on Acne.org devoted to my experiences with Accutane. But since the beginning of last month, I have been so busy with finals, and then the holidays and trips to see family, it seems like I have to keep postponing that goal. I really do need to, though. I just started my third month of isotretinoin, and it's such a good idea to maintain an online journal in order to keep track of one's experiences with the medication.

Congratulations on your pregnancy! That is so wonderful (plus, you have that added bonus of acne-zapping hormones). Cheers, austra!

I'm sure your skin and scarring will look better once the accutane dryness is over. :) I'd be very interested in reading your journal if you decide to start one, since I am seriously considering it for the future and am trying to read up on it more. It's completely understandable not to have time to keep such a journal though, even if it's very helpful I still wouldn't have energy/time for it myself.

 

And thank you, I'm very excited about this new phase in my life! It's so great to have much more important things to think about than how my skin looks. I only hope I can accept and deal with my scarring in such a way that my child will never pick up on how much it has bothered me and how self-conscious about my looks I've been because of it. In the end there are far more important things in life than some scarring. 




#3398724 Sauna - Initial Breakout?

Posted by austra on 04 December 2013 - 07:58 AM

I've been trying to go to sauna on a semiregular basis now that there's one in my building, and I think it helps clogged pores by getting rid of dead skin. It also really improves circulation, so It's a bit like exercise in that sense. I don't know if it's good for pimples though, since heat might aggravate inflammation.

 

I've been trying to go 1-2 times a week for about 15-20 minutes at a time, but unfortunately I don't usually manage quite that often. My clogged pores are better these days, but there are other important factors that may have played a part.

 

Last summer I tried BHA creams and differin, but they seemed to make everything just worse. Frequent gentle washing and sauna seems to suit me much better for exfoliation.

Just curious - how does a sauna help exfoliate / get rid of dead skin? I'm guessing you still need to use a physical exfoliator of some sort? 

I usually wash and rub my face a little afterwards but I don't use anything else. I think the exfoliation is mostly caused by the sweating and moisture (a bit like steaming), perhaps also the increased circulation. It's nothing excessive but definitely noticeable, especially if you haven't exfoliated or been to a sauna in a while (this goes for all skin, not just face). I haven't used physical exfoliators for years since I found them too harsh on my skin, but using one after a sauna would probably be a great idea.




#3395375 Letting Go And Living With It

Posted by austra on 17 November 2013 - 03:00 PM

Having normal skin is not necessary at all if you have a heart of gold, a positive attitude and enough self esteem not to be bothered by some scars. Most women are looking for a man who would be a good husband/long-term partner and possibly a good father, and not just some hunk with perfect looks. It's not a high priority. Things might be somewhat different with casual hook-ups and one-night stands (I've never been very interested in those, so not an expert), but I assume you're looking for a girlfriend instead of just getting laid.

 

The biggest issue with your scarring is really only in your head, you have to realize that. No one else could care less about it. I know I have trouble coming to terms with it myself, but the more I pay attention to others' reactions the more I notice that people really aren't looking at my scarring when they talk to me, they're looking at me and listening to what I say and the scarring doesn't affect anything at all.




#3395086 Letting Go And Living With It

Posted by austra on 16 November 2013 - 04:17 AM

It is actually the worst thing anyone has said here as far as I know. EagerMiner clearly has much bigger issues than just acne scars.




#3395066 Letting Go And Living With It

Posted by austra on 16 November 2013 - 12:40 AM

What the cancer industry doesn't want to tell you is that there are thousands of natural cures for cancer. Whereas chemotherapy causes cancer!!!

This comment probably made me angrier than anything else I've read on this forum, even including EagerMiner's claim that he'd want to kill his mother.

 

Most of what you write makes no sense and is downright erroneous. I only agree on moderate amount of sunlight/vitamin D being good for you and some diets (not veganism since it's likely to cause vitamin deficiencies) potentially having a positive effect on acne and of course health.

 

Yes, chemotherapy can increase the risk for cancer but when you have cancer and need to beat it, it's the risk you have to take. There are no natural cures for cancer. The closest thing would probably be a low-carbohydrate diet since cancer is dependent on glucose and based on this theory there have been some experiments on terminally ill cancer patients who have tried low-carb diets (I don't actually know if they helped in the end or not), but that alone is very unlikely to "cure" cancer.




#3392452 Inositol's Impact On Hormonal Acne

Posted by austra on 04 November 2013 - 02:04 PM

Thanks austra! I want to start baking with buckwheat too...how do you make buckwheat pizza, and can I make it without tomatoes? l haven't had pizza since I discovered that tomatoes raise my histamines. 

I dissolve a teaspoon of carob powder into my tea every morning to get some chiro inositol. On its own it doesn't have much sugar and doesn't impact glucose. I need to find some carob recipes because it tastes pretty good. 

Sorry I'm getting back to you so late! I just use the buckwheat crepe recipe found here (it's very easy and effortless to make, but takes a long time), add a bit of olive oil to the dough, spread it out on a baking tray and then put it in the oven for 15 min (it's like pancake batter so needs to be in the oven on its own first), take out and put regular pizza toppings on and put back for another 15 minutes. I really like the pizza. I'm pretty sure it would be nice even without tomato sauce. I was thinking of trying to mix in spinach and eggs with the buckwheat dough next time and try making some savoury pancakes on the pan.

 

I noticed that Stephan from Whole Health Source revisited the buckwheat recipe just now and apparently you can skip the fermentation bit! I've always done it until now and as it adds another 12 hours, it's great you can apparently make it a bit faster. The dough really doesn't keep very long if fermented, only a few days in the fridge.

 

Note that it's important to use either boiled or filtered water during the soaking, otherwise the phytic acid doesn't break down like it's supposed to (you can tell because nothing happens to the water at all if it's not right - it's supposed to get slimy and gray).




#3389992 Had To Take Plan B - Freaking Out

Posted by austra on 22 October 2013 - 06:51 AM

I've taken Plan B twice and both times I didn't see any effects on my skin, although I have hormonal acne. My skin was just the same as before.

 

And FYI, Plan B isn't a good form of birth control at all - the medical community isn't even entirely sure how it works, but it seems that the large amount of progesterone in plan B prevents or delays ovulation. Which means that if you have already ovulated when you take it, it doesn't do anything. The percentage for preventing pregnancy (90% or whichever) they state for plan B is actually really misleading, because unlike with other forms of birth control (where the figure means the likelihood of not getting pregnant during a year of using this method), it merely states the likelihood of not getting pregnant after one unprotected intercourse and then taking plan B. That figure doesn't take into account that most of the time you're not in a fertile stage to begin with. I remember doing some background research after taking it and I found a figure that it actually only prevented about a half of the number of expected pregnancies. Which would make sense assuming it just prevents ovulation - the efficiency of plan B is entirely based on the timing of your cycle and if you take plan B right after ovulation, it may not help and you could still end up pregnant. So from now on, use it if necessary but remember that it's not comparable to other 'valid' forms of birth control.




#3385636 Airgent For Acne Scarring

Posted by austra on 30 September 2013 - 08:44 AM

Oh wow! Congratulations! :) It must feel amazing to finally get improvement. I have similar scarring and I've felt fairly desperate at times since no treatment seemed very well suited for my type of scarring, or alternatively had very high risks (excisions etc). I'll definitely keep my eyes open if this becomes available within reasonable distance.

 

If this is a type of a filler (sorry if I'm mistaken, I'm not well-read on this yet), wouldn't it mean you'd have to keep having treatments at regular intervals? If it's a low-invasive procedure unlike laser with fairly short down time, I wouldn't mind.




#3378823 In Need Of Wisdom And Advice For My Scarring (With Pics)

Posted by austra on 29 August 2013 - 11:51 AM

Nice to know how you've been doing! I've been dealing with similar issues this past year as well, which have delayed my treatment plans and I also have got a few new scars to deal with. It's really frustrating, especially since my skin was so good for such a long time and I really thought new scarring and acne issues were behind me. But oh well. I think I'm going to either get on the pill (which has worked beautifully in the past) or try spiro if it doesn't get better soon. 

Accutane is my last resort at this moment, although it may come to that.

 

Hopefully you'll now tackle acne once and for all! :) And when the time comes, please do keep us updated if you get new scar treatments. Best of luck with everything!! x




#3363363 My Total Fx Diary - Procedure Scheduled For 12/04/12 - Updates To Follow

Posted by austra on 02 July 2013 - 01:00 PM

Thanks for the update! I'm considering getting Total FX next Christmas, although possibly just as a spot treatment (recovery should be fun with my face full of all the treated spots, heh). I'm going to have a consultation about it soon. I'm so glad this worked for you!!! And good luck with the next treatment. I'd love it if you could let us know how it goes, even if you post only once several months or a year later. It's still very valuable for anyone considering this treatment.

 

And yes, the forum update blows. Me and justmeuk did complain about it in the discussion area dedicated to the new forum format, but I guess it wasn't enough negative feedback for the mods to take notice. They did recreate Oily skin forum when they got an uproar about deleting/merging it, so there's still a chance they could reconsider this change. But yeah, it sucks.




#3360382 Daily 30 Minute Massages On Face Eradicates Scars?

Posted by austra on 22 June 2013 - 03:52 PM

Thought someone trying this massaging  might find this thread interesting:

http://www.acne.org/...s/#entry1993679

 

I'm fairly sure massaging won¨t do anything for old icepick or boxcar scars, but I don't know much about rolling ones and can't comment whether this could help untether them or not. Doesn't hurt to try, I guess.




#3335085 My Total Fx Diary - Procedure Scheduled For 12/04/12 - Updates To Follow

Posted by austra on 21 March 2013 - 10:27 AM

Great that you're back on the forum! I'm very happy to hear your skin has improved and your confidence has gone up. I hope it means that your scarring has improved, not just overall texture or whatnot. :) Looking forward to your update when you get back to Japan.




#3329527 Is Fish Oil The New Sunscreen?

Posted by austra on 26 February 2013 - 12:33 PM

Interesting study. I found the results fairly surprising, to be honest. As I understand, normally omega 3 fatty acids would suppress the immune system (since omega-3 EPA and arachidonic acid both compete for the same enzyme, COX-2, which turns AA into inflammatory prostanoids). Of course that can be a good thing, as often quite a lot of the tissue damage after an infection is caused by the immune system going berserk (too much inflammation etc) rather than the actual pathogen causing the damage. But it's good to keep in mind that overdosing on omega 3 would definitely not support the immune system, as it would downregulate the defense mechanisms against pathogens. Here is a good example of how too much omega 3 can be harmful in some cases.

 

I can't really explain or understand the mechanism behind the stronger immune response for those who got omega 3 in the study you linked to. I suppose things often tend to be fairly complex when it comes to the human body.

 

But anyway, I agree that omega 3 fatty acids are beneficial for most people. I take cod liver oil on a regular basis and have found that it tends to help with inflamed acne and make me feel better in general.




#3327165 Dermarolling Help

Posted by austra on 16 February 2013 - 07:24 AM

Based on my dermarolling research, don't use it more than once a month. I would use it at 6-8 weeks intervals, even. It takes time for collagen to build and you have to allow that time for skin to recover, otherwise you could be causing more damage. Some people do dermaroll once a week because the initial microswelling lasts for about a week and makes the scarring look much better, but this really could just worsen the skin in the long term and is not advisable.




#3326500 Painful Spot Pls Help! (Pic Attached)

Posted by austra on 13 February 2013 - 09:46 AM

I would try to get a hydrocolloid bandage for the open wound pimple and leave it on for at least 3 days, preferably even 5-7 days if you can bear wearing a bandage that long. It seems like the best option in a situation like this, and will let the pimple heal on its own as well as possible. There should be some in pharmacies, if you can't find any thin ones for wounds specifically, then blister hydrocolloid bandages (Compeed etc) work just as well.

 

This is what a hydrocolloid bandage looks like. You just cut a piece out of it that is big enough to cover the wound completely, and just stick it on. It should adhere on its own. Please be sure to wash/sterilize and air dry the wound beforehand. Don't use any moisturizers or creams underneath.

 

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If there's a scab on the wound, then I wouldn't recommend putting a hydrocolloid bandage on, as it can rip the scab off when you take it off. If you do put a hydrocolloid bandage on a scab, you should leave the bandage on until it comes off on its own.

 

I'm not sure if using salicylic acid on inflamed areas is a good idea, as that could possibly irritate the skin and impair healing. Also it looks like you have tooth paste (?) on the pimple in the second picture, and the same thing goes for that. Don't use anything harsh (tooth paste, retin-a, any acid) on the pimple since there's now an open wound. Be gentle with your skin. After you've had the hydrocolloid bandage on for a few days, you can take it off and check the situation. If (and when) the wound has closed off, keep moisturizing the wound with some gentle moisturizer. If you for some reason don't want to use the hydrocolloid bandage (although I highly recommend it), then just make sure it's clean and keep it moisturized. Take fish oil, sleep well, have a healthy diet etc and let it heal on its own, don't pick. Don't use anything that seems irritating to the skin until the pimple has completely healed - then you can consider things like retin-a and copper peptides.

 

I'm not really experienced with rolling scars, so I can't advice you on those. But if you search the forum, there should be plenty of information.