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missamua

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#3459801 Help! Acne Scars

Posted by missamua on 13 November 2014 - 08:44 PM

Uhm, no. You need to do your research on the causes of acne scars. They are caused by serious inflammation from cystic acne. Picking at them can increase inflammation and thus worsen scarring but are not the "cause". This is a common misconception and a very frustrating one. I NEVER popped my pimples yet I have very deep scarring. I'm not trying to sound malicious but it's these ignorant statements that make us scar sufferers feel very isolated.

 

Not to mention that manuka honey will do absolutely nothing for pitted scarring. They are the result of loss of tissue and misaligned collagen. 

Skin scars like yours often results when you pop your pimples. Avoid doing it next time. Try applying manuka honey cream to your face, this one works with my acne and old acne scars. Hope it will help you too.




#3459430 Ever Feel Suicidal?

Posted by missamua on 11 November 2014 - 02:34 AM

So true. I always emphasize how important acceptance is when it comes to scars. Yes, there are treatments, and they can be improved significantly, but there definitely has to be at least a certain level of acceptance to truly move on with your life.  I'd honestly be content with having just "bad" skin versus horrendously disfiguring skin. Luckily,  it's mainly one side of my face that is really scarred, and my chin, but it truly is quite disfigured in most lighting, enough to get stares and people "kindly" suggesting things they think will work for me.

A size 12 I believe is the average in America , and hey, a little extra weight helps plump up scars in your face, so that's a plus! As I've gained more weight i've noticed my face looking more plumps and tight, scars much less noticeable.

 

I agree it is horrible to have someone notice it. Usually it is just my little nieces who would say anything about my skin, usually because I had creams or absolutely no makeup on at the time! Kids will say anything though. Since I've been out of high schools I really haven't been around people who would just bring up the state of my skin out of the blue. It is very rude! Yet, I just got back from visiting my mother, and she can be more critical than any stranger. I guess she means well, but she likes to point out  my flaws. Not just my skin (which I think she realizes I can't help now so why make comments) but now she is telling me I need to lose weight. I'm about a size 12 now, which isn't really that abnormal in America, but she has to really point out that I am overweight. But I just smiled and told her thanks for letting me know. I think I'm past the point of letting that women bother me anymore, LOL. I really would like to fix my scars, but while researching and trying to find the best and safest products, I really just want to keep a relatively good sense of self-esteem. I really didn't have it for so many years, and life is just better when we show ourselves respect and love even if no one else does out there.

 


#3459191 Ever Feel Suicidal?

Posted by missamua on 09 November 2014 - 01:25 AM

I suppose it depends on the severity of the scarring. When I go out in public I immediately become a social experiment. You wouldn't believe some of the things that have been said to me by strangers. To me, that's the worst part about it. I can't really ever forget that I have scarring because every time someone points it out, stares, asks, or tries suggesting B.S. topicals to "fade them" (without me having brought it up) I am reminded once again that I have scars. Most of the time people aren't inherently being malicious, but it gets really old having to explain myself or justify the state of my skin all the time. If people didn't bring it up or ask about it, I wouldn't care nearly as much. Having any kind of flaw that seriously affects your self-esteem, and other people acknowledging it is devastating to say the least.

Yes, skin problems are a real struggle. Sometimes the psychological effects they cause afterward seem insurmountable, but they are really not. It is like I said before, it becomes a choice. I have done the "exposure therapy" ....I read up on it myself, never saw a shrink. It involves going out of the house without makeup and letting people really see you. As a woman for so many years I couldn't do it. Finally I did, and no one really looked at me too closely at all. I've even been out with a small square bandage on spots. One women thought I'd had skin cancer cut our or something. I actually told her my problems. My scars did use to be worse on some level, so I guess I can be thankful on days when they aren't as bad. It has been a lot of ups and downs though. I'll pray for everyone here!




#3455879 Ever Feel Suicidal?

Posted by missamua on 13 October 2014 - 11:29 PM

Oh man...this is so me, all of it. Vacations are supposed to be fun and relaxing, but I'm always terrified of lighting everywhere I go. I have family in southern California I occasionally visit and as much as I love spending time with them, I absolutely do not feel comfortable in sunlight or any "bad" lighting, even if it's my own family. Like you even just seeing sunlight coming in from a window gives me a panic attack, I instantly start thinking about how my skin looks in sunlight and end up having to close the blinds or cover them somehow. It's very distressing. I think part of what makes me incredibly insecure over my scarring is the fact that I've had multiple people bring it up or ask about it. It's bad enough when a physical flaw makes you insecure, but when other people acknowledge they notice it too it's pretty hurtful. Scarring combined with mental health issues have really held me back from living a full life, even going to school and working is a living hell, even worse no one truly understands the emotional impact of scarring which only makes you feel more isolated from everyone else.

So I went for a walk outside my hotel today and ended up sitting on a bench crying. It was awful. Ironically as I sat there thinking of my hideous skin and the many different aspects of my life it has destroyed, a man was walking by and called me beautiful, in my mind I thought get me into the wrong lighting and you'll see how beautiful I can be.

I can no longer handle my life. As I was sitting there I decided many things, one of which was that upon returning to Canada, I am going to give my 1 months notice and quit my job. I am going to take the next year to just deal with these scars. Get as many treatments done as I can possibly afford without having to stress about getting time off for recovery. I really need to do this. If can't improve my scars by at least 75-85% I can not be happy. I felt so lonesome and broken today as I sat there and cried. This vacation really made me realize how much I am not living life to it's greatest potential. I thought many times before to just quit my job until I am mentally well but always didn't because I didn't want to be looked upon as a loser or a weak person but I've been such a strong girl these past few years but this battle has really began to wear me out.

I've always been an outdoorsy type of girl. I enjoyed hiking, beaches, picnics, outdoor yoga, bike riding, running etc, etc. Since these scars happened I am no longer that girl. Mainly because of lighting. I just do not feel at all comfortable with sunlight. To the point that when I see it pouring through the window I get so annoyed. Dark, gloomy days are where it's at for me. Yesterday my bf took me out to eat at a restaurant and I felt so uncomfortable because of the lighting there. Ugh can't enjoy anything. I'm so happy we're long distance for the time being, I can't handle date nights they aren't fun anymore just stressful. He wants to me to move out here with him and get married. But If my skin doesn't get better I think I will break up with him because I'm not the type of person anyone should be in a relationship with. I'm never going to feel comfortable meeting his friends & family, although I did meet his dad once and he seemed to like me. And also, I wonder what if his family invites us out for a BBQ, or some outdoor event during daylight hours what am I going to do? What if we have kids one day? I'm going to have to take them to a lot of out door functions. Ya no kids for me until these scars improve. It's terrifying how a handful of scars can change your future so much.




#3455430 Please Help. Do You Think This Will Cure My Acne Scarring? (Pics Included)

Posted by missamua on 10 October 2014 - 05:51 PM

I've seen the best results with subcision combined with suctioning, especially for deeper scars. I don't know how easily subcision can be performed on the temples, but if you can find a doctor who is willing to do it in that area that's what I would do. Lasers can work wonders but for deeper scars it's really not worth it in my opinion as lasers need to work on a relatively smooth surface. They can also make things a whole lot worse so it's definitely a gamble. You'd probably get 30-50% at most with lasers whereas subcision + suction can yield up to 70-90% for some people. There's some amazing subcision success stories on here:

 

http://www.acne.org/...ore-after-pics/

 

http://www.acne.org/...fraxel-re-cell/

 

http://www.acne.org/...tments-ive-had/

 

http://www.acne.org/...y-bad-and-ugly/ (this guy actually performed subcision on himself, which i strongly advise against, nonetheless he had good results from it so it's worth posting)

 

http://www.acne.org/...ubcision/page-3




#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.