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missamua

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#3452717 Acne Scars With Pics

Posted by missamua on 19 September 2014 - 01:25 PM

You can apply whatever topical to your skin and it wont affect fillers. Silicone injections can react badly if you have laser resurfacing done over it, I'm not sure about micro needling. I've read that other natural fillers will just reabsorb if you have resurfacing procedures done over them, but it depends on if the procedure is ablative or not.




#3451863 Ever Feel Suicidal?

Posted by missamua on 13 September 2014 - 09:53 AM

I agree with most of what you said...but nobody "chooses" to have severe depression which is a serious mental illness that needs treatment. Telling someone it's all in their head isn't all that helpful. It's great that you can live with your scarring and aren't severely depressed over it, but many people are and it's important not to negate the feelings someone has over their scarring even if it differs from how you feel about yours. Most people on here aren't vain or shallow...they just want to look the way they used to.  On another note, if you are having suicidal thoughts, i'd definitely recommend seeing someone for it and getting help. 

Everybody knows someone who has whether acne or scars. Most people find scars even less visually disturbing than acne, frankly, since it's not something actively growing on your face. But even acne is such a normality nowadays that nobody cares. I see people with really bad skin issues everyday, it struck me recently how many people actually have whether acne or scars. Literally masses! Myself I have a nasty scarring myself, which i definitely dislike a lot and gonna soon try to treat with laser, but never thought of it as something that could put me down as much as my cystic acne used to. When the outside world doesn't care, it's all in your head and you should work with yourself instead of letting suicidal thoughts grow and nurture them. We can't give into destructive thoughts just because of an aesthetic flaw, it's just so unfair to all those people who die everyday for different reasons they couldn't choose, while all they wanted was to live. I know, you (talking in general), who is preoccupied with yourself and your image, couldn't care less about those people, but just think if it's really worth losing your life for not having a perfect complexion? Talk to a professional, get some treatments done, work with your inner critic, just stop caring about shallow things -  fight it. 




#3450667 What Do You Guys Think Would Work Best For These Acne Scars?

Posted by missamua on 05 September 2014 - 07:43 AM

TCA peels will help get rid of the redness, subcision +suction will help level the scars. Don't go anywhere near a laser until you try subcision first though, because lasers won't do anything if your scars are tethered down as they appear to be in your pictures. Subcision is also pretty inexpensive.




#3449061 What Happens If You Dermarolled Every Day Or Every Week? + Very Important Que...

Posted by missamua on 26 August 2014 - 06:33 AM

Everyone ages and loses collagen naturally, but your body doesn't perceive collagen depletion from aging as an injury and therefore there's no incentive for it to repair itself. Microneedling does what any other wound does - signals your body to heal the wound to prevent infection, thus creating new healthy collagen. The speed of collagen depletion is extremely individual..it depends on environmental factors, smoking, drinking, genetics, etc. Somewhere online I found an article on how much collagen the average person has left by the time they are 15, 30 and so on. I don't remember where I found it but i'm sure you could do some research and find that information.




#3446167 Wondering If This Article's Treatments Actually Work?

Posted by missamua on 08 August 2014 - 09:18 AM

Retin-a will help to a small extent in lessening the appearance of some shallow scars, but not by a lot. Your skin overall will look better, though. You would have to keep using it to see lasting effects, otherwise when you stop your skin will continue to age and aging = scars look worse due to loss of collagen.

If you're relatively clear from the regimen I don't think you would purge from it, because purging is really just the result of removing the top layers of skin to reveal active acne under the surface, if you have any. I'm also on the regimen and when I incorporated tazorac I didnt see much purging..

No, it will not work. Pitted scars are the result of a dermal injury, and DIY masks and exfoliants (or store bought for that matter) only work on the surface of the skin. I would look into Dermapen as that is a home treatment that can provide some results if used correctly. As far as collagen boosting products, Retin-A is a good option and that can ever so slightly help to tighten the skin after consistent use, but it takes at least 6 weeks to see results. It will also help to prevent acne.

 

Sorry for the late response, but two questions - 1) Do you know if Retin-A will permanently diminish the appearance of pitted acne scars, or only while you're using it?

 

2) If my skin is almost clear from The Regimen, will switching to Retin-A still give me that initial it-gets-worse-before-it-gets-better break-out? I'm basically clear at this point, but I'm still very acne-prone, since skipping The Regimen more than once will break me out.

 

I've made a new post about this if you want to check it out: http://www.acne.org/...a-break-me-out/




#3445343 Oil Cleansing Method - Ruined My Skin And Now I Can't Fix It No Matter Wh...

Posted by missamua on 04 August 2014 - 06:56 AM

The oil cleansing method is incredibly over simplified in terms of it "healing skin". The problem with this particular method is that it's only working on the surface of the skin, and if you're someone with inflammatory acne, especially cysts, we're talking about an infection that lies deep within the skin where no oil will penetrate to. This is why most topicals have little benefit for people with cystic acne, with only some exceptions. The regimen is a great solution for even more severe cases of acne because you're applying only 2.5% BP which produces little irritation and you're applying A LOT of it which helps it to penetrate deeper into the skin. Add an AHA+ or tazorac into the regimen and you're now tackling the infection in two ways- reducing bacteria over the course of a month or two and reducing hyperkeratinization. I have had severe cystic acne since the age of 11 and the regimen did clear me up, although it took a little over two months in my case. 




#3445232 What Are Peoples Thoughts On This Video The Girl Claimed She Helaed Her Ice P...

Posted by missamua on 03 August 2014 - 06:31 PM

I keep seeing vegans all over Youtube praising raw foods and making exaggerated claims- some of them down right laughable. My problem with a lot of these people is that not only are some of them incredibly aggressive (not sure if you guys have seen some of the comments i've seen floating around ) they make these outrageous claims to get you to join their fad diet. I have nothing against being a vegan whatsoever, but I have a huge problem with people making false claims in order to convince people to go vegan. I've seen way too many "Don't eat meat, humans weren't meant to consume them..stop torturing animals! Going vegan cures every health problem!"

 

Bottom line- no, she didn't cure her pockmarks from going vegan. 




#3444981 Do Icepick/boxcar Scars Fill In?

Posted by missamua on 02 August 2014 - 09:10 AM

The treatments I mentioned do encourage collagen synthesis, which precisely why they tighten the skin. That is why they are commonly referred to as collagen induction treatments.That does not, however, fill in the scar. The added collagen in the skin acts in the same way that extra fat would, tightening the area and reducing the appearance. This is why many people report that their scars are shallower but wider after laser treatments. That is also why as the aging process continues, scars eventually reappear to some extent, because the skin is not "tight" anymore and collagen is depleted again (unless of course the scar tissue itself was leveled or softened by subcision for example).

 

I would have to respectfully disagree that water fasting has any benefit of promoting healing to scars. The study you posted is based off a case where the mice fasted while a wound was created. The scar tissue we are referring to is no longer a wound, it has already formed and matured. An injury of some sort needs to be created in order to initiate the wound healing process again, which is where needling and laser treatments come in.




#3444576 Help: Spots After Accutane?! :(

Posted by missamua on 31 July 2014 - 08:54 AM

That happened to me on both my courses of Accutane. I was only 115 lbs and took 80mg everyday. My acne came back three months after both times.

 

If you are starting to get pimples, immediately look into buying 2.5% BP and apply it twice a day, everyday and see if you can get a hold of tazorac or an AHA+ to help hyperkeratinization. I had severe acne since the age of 11 (now 19) and Dan's Regimen was the only thing that has consistently kept me clear for the past 6 months. You can see my gallery for a picture of some deep scarring I have left from bad acne. 

 

Your acne may not come back as severe as it did before so I wouldn't necessarily panic, but it's important to tackle it before it gets out of control and takes longer to heal.




#3444503 Acne Doesn't Signal Illness

Posted by missamua on 31 July 2014 - 12:28 AM

 I *think* the OP is trying to emphasize that there shouldn't be shame or guilt associated with having severe acne that many people have, and people shouldn't convince themselves that they are unhealthy, dirty or living a bad lifestyle solely based off of the fact that they have blemished skin. I've been tested for allergies and everything was negative, then tried to alter my diet anyway by slowly eliminating certain foods for periods of time (gluten, dairy, citrus and caffeine) to see if there was a correlation between breakouts and the food I was consuming. All I ended up doing was delaying treatment and causing serious permanent scarring all over my face and so it can be a little disheartening to hear other people going through the same thing or asking themselves "Why am I breaking out despite a healthy lifestyle?". It's important to realize that acne is a lot more than just not taking care of yourself, and although diet is ESSENTIAL to healthy living in general, it's foolish to assume that it's a cure for every ailment out there. With that said, many people on here say avoiding trigger foods = clear skin, all I can say is be lucky that you have some level of control over your acne whereas many people out there don't and that's the messed up reality of severe acne. Judging those people or implying that it's their fault they have acne is absolutely not okay.




#3444276 Do Icepick/boxcar Scars Fill In?

Posted by missamua on 29 July 2014 - 10:15 PM

Scars don't "fill in", hence why they are called scars. They will NOT heal on their own and it's unfortunate the amount of misinformation there is online about them...also, scars are very rarely actually caused by picking and popping. That can contribute to the severity, but the main reason people scar is because of increased and prolonged inflammation from pimples, usually cystic pimples. Some days your scars may lessen in appearance due to puffiness that can vary from day to day..for example, if I eat a lot of salt, my face gets puffier from water retention and my scars are much less noticeable. Definitely keep your skin moisturized while your scars mature.




#3442160 More People Should Document Their Journey

Posted by missamua on 18 July 2014 - 06:36 PM

I definitely agree with this post, mostly in regards to the holistic boards. I hear success stories with dietary changes and things that aren't necessarily backed up with evidence or have little scientific basis, and so it can be a little frustrating when you don't see proof of the success. However, I also understand the fear of sharing pictures online, even on here and so I can see both sides of it. For me, personally, I have accepted that my skin is awful and so I don't take much offense to negative comments anymore (at least not as much as I used to)...I suppose that makes it easier for me to share images online.




#3441837 What Can I Do With This Facial Abrasion, Please Help!

Posted by missamua on 17 July 2014 - 02:35 AM

Marcostb has a good point regarding what area was stamped. If the reaction you're talking about is isolated to one area of your face, I would not worry as much. If your entire face had this reaction it may be a good idea to get a professional opinion.

Thanks for your reply , I am using silver sulfadiazine cream to prevent infection, the spot where I did dermastamp on looks like it were abraded, the whole skin were gone...  please tell me it is going to heal and not leave a worse scar than it were before.

 

When I treat some spot very aggressively I have oozing for a few hours and the skin over that area looks raw. Then there's a scab forming (a mix of oozing, blood and Super Cop 2x). In my case this scab is superficial. I know it because it is removed when I wash my face 24-48 hours after the dermastamping session.

 

I've never had my whole skin removed, though. If you treated only some scars I think it's not something to worry too much about. Doctors remove the skin to a certain depth when they do dermabrasion and the skin grows back after some weeks.

 

If you treated a large area maybe you have to look for a doctor. I don't know what could be done at home. You'll need someone with medical background.




#3441828 What Can I Do With This Facial Abrasion, Please Help!

Posted by missamua on 17 July 2014 - 01:06 AM

Do you have any history of autoimmune diseases, anemia or anything that might impair wound healing? When did you perform this on yourself?

 

I've never heard of this happening and quite honestly I'd get it checked out ... derma stamping should not have caused that kind of reaction in your picture. 




#3441541 Olive Oil Broke Me Out...

Posted by missamua on 15 July 2014 - 03:55 PM

Are you using anything to help increase cell turnover? Retin-a or Tazorac (slightly more potent) would be a good option as it helps prevent acne by increasing cell turnover. It is a fantastic anti-aging product (with an abundant amount of research and actual evidence behind it) and it will definitely help to fade the red marks faster. I'm not sure your current skincare routine other than the olive oil, but these are very good options you should consider. The other option is to do as others suggest and wait for them to fade naturally.