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In Topic: Has Anyone Had Or Heard Of A Bad Experience With Subcision?

Today, 08:15 PM

I really haven't heard many horror stories with subcision. I think I've only seen one and the complaint was that some of the scars resurfaced years later (which usually happens since you lose collagen when you age).  If you have deep scars I think it's absolutely worth it...it really is the most cost effective scar procedure with very little risk and downtime compared to lasers. 

In Topic: Acne Scars And Genetic Predisposition?

19 March 2015 - 12:21 PM

Missamua,  you are speaking the TRUTH.  I'm all for natural living, but I have noticed the exact same thing with these health / holistic  super militant, vegan types who ALWAYS exaggerate their supposed health issues.  


What I think is happening is that

1) these people want to push an agenda and exaggerate to build a more convincing case for their world view

2) They attract a particular kind of person that is distrustful of the medical community at large


Theses are the same kinds of people who refuse to have their children be vaccinated because of unproven fears of health problems like Autism.  They are super militant and just attack anyone that asks them to back up their claims with cold, hard empirical evidence.  

Exactly. I see these people on my Facebook all the time, go to their profile and see theirs "likes" and...shocker, they're anti gmo, gluten, vaccines, the list goes on. I get being skeptical of the medical community/pharmaceutical industry to some extent, but a lot of these people are seriously a cult.

In Topic: Acne Scars And Genetic Predisposition?

18 March 2015 - 07:33 PM

I'm using Accutane right now, on my 3rd month, and haven't got any pimples in over a month now. That's the first time I could say that in the last three years. My question is why more people don't use Accutane? Yes, I know the potential side effects, but after doing research, there's no substantial proof that any of these long term side effects were a direct result of using Accutane, and that they wouldn't have just happened anyway. My only regret now is not getting on Accutane sooner. After about a year of trying creams and antibiotics with no improvement I think it's pretty clear that nothing else will work but Accutane.


I just feel like most people don't do enough research on things, and when they hear one horror story, they immediately eliminate a it as an option. That's just being ignorant. People complain that there is no cure for acne. Well Accutane seems to be the closest thing to it.. Some people complain that their acne returns about 10 years later. Well aren't you happy it bought you all the time of freedom? And most likely if it does return it won't be as bad because you'll be older and you're hormones and whatnot are more under control. I'm only 3 months into Accutane, still not perfect, but at least I'm not embarrassed to go out in public anymore.

I was one of the unlucky ones it didn't work for. I went on two courses of 60-80 mg (I only weighed 115lbs when I took it) and it worked only while on it. Three months after both times my acne came back just as bad. Now I use the regimen to keep my acne under control. Although it isnt perfect, it's the second best thing I've tried in my 8 years of cysts.


It worked for several family members and two of my friends, though. Just my luck.

In Topic: Acne Scars And Genetic Predisposition?

18 March 2015 - 07:03 AM

It's 100% genetic in that you are genetically predisposed to getting acne because of skin inflammation etc. I think acne is poorly understood even by the medical community. I believe that acne isn't just one condition. There are many types of skin inflammation and triggers that cause your skin to develop nodules/cysts as an immune response.

A further complication comes from relativity. I've seen people who say they are breaking out bad and it's NOTHING compared to an actual bad breakout. So when they say they changed their lifestyle to fix the "bad breakout" they are misleading those of us who get the real deal.

Ultimately, you can pamper yourself and your skin in order to reduce the chances of getting acne, but that isn't a cure because it's not targeting the source; your genes. If you can simply change your diet and lifestyle and "cure" your acne without things like accutane or doxycycline, then I seriously doubt you actually have bad skin. If you did you'd have to admit there's something going on inside your body that is not right and causing these horrible red bumps.

You brought up a very good point, many people over exaggerate how bad their acne is. I've noticed this a lot with people who have claimed vegan, organic, gluten free etc cured their acne (I've heard just about every fad diet can cure acne at this point). I remember months back someone posting a link to a vegan blogger who claimed her "severe cystic acne and scars" vanished after dieting. Then you see her pictures, both before and after, and she never had noticeable acne to begin with.

In Topic: Dealing With Red Marks/scarring During And Right After Accutane

16 March 2015 - 07:50 PM

Most doctors advise waiting a year after stopping Accutane to pursue scar treatments. This is because Accutane significantly impairs wound healing even for a while after stopping the drug. I personally waited two years although that was probably not necessary (I'm just paranoid). When you say scarring I'm assuming you mean pitted scarring and not just PIH. Lasers tend to be a gamble with pitted scarring and are also insanely expensive. I'd look into needling and subcision when the time comes as those are cheaper, generally more effective and with much less risk and down time. Of course scar revision is also dependent on the type of scarring you have (rolling, boxcar, icepick).