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#3426398 Teen Desperate For Help :(

Posted by blahblah82 on 15 April 2014 - 08:10 AM

If this board had been around when I was 15, I would have begged, borrowed, stolen (okay maybe not that) and found a way to get my acne under control.  I would have exhausted every option.  


Especially  now that there is ObamaCare in place, you have options to find insurance.  If you are in college, you most likely have access to your school's insurance plan.  Don't stick your head in the sand thinking acne will go away.   Prevent the scarring, because that will be 100x's more difficult to treat folks....


OH.... and don't pick your acne !!!!   

#3426376 Teen Desperate For Help :(

Posted by blahblah82 on 15 April 2014 - 05:28 AM

I see active acne, but luckily minimal true scarring.   I know you may have little money, but I would exhaust every avenue to see a dermatologist.  You are at the perfect stage to treat your acne and prevent scarring.    Trust me, treating scars will cost infinitely more than paying to see a dermatologist.  


Not sure what anyone can offer you in terms of advice if you can't buy products or see a doctor.  Invest the money, you will thank yourself for it.

#3425058 Man in the Mirror: Pre and Post Subcision Photos

Posted by blahblah82 on 08 April 2014 - 07:08 AM

Thanks Matt for continuing to update us on your journey.  And indeed it is a journey.  As hard as acne scarring is to deal with, at least today there are options that were not around during your mother's time.  Reading about her struggle with severe, disfiguring acne scarring is heartbreaking.  


You've done a great service for the community, and I'm sure you will continue to give other's hope. 

#3421959 My Acne Scar Journey

Posted by blahblah82 on 22 March 2014 - 03:49 PM

Agree with the above.  Not going to mince words.  Your acne is the severe kind and requires an aggressive approach.  Cystic acne is not the kind of thing that resolves over time like regular acne.  It's almost a wholly different level of acne.  It will only get progressively worse and antibiotics are a bandaid solution.   Frankly, I think the doctor who is treating you is not taking this seriously enough.  Go to someone who cares and doesn't f**k around with lesser treatments.  I was so stupid and naive with my first dermatologist who resisted putting me on Accutane until I straight up demanded it.  That is the only thing that worked longterm.  It literally CURED my acne, and after my 5 month course of a very high does, my acne went into remission.  


 It's true, the longer a cysts sits on your face the more the inflammation will eat away at the tissues, and leave your with a depressed scar.  If you watch the videos by this Dr. Phillip Young in Seattle, he describes how the infection literally eats away at the tissues.   This is why when you start to form cysts, you need to abort this process and stop it in its tracks.  The best way to do this is to get cortisone injections at 2.5mg/ml directly into the cysts.  This is strong enough to flatten and calm inflammation, but typically not strong enough to cause atrophy.  If that happens, it will usually resolve over months, but a depressed scar is forever.


I noticed that you originally posted last July.  Have you since been under the care of a doctor?


Since you are in college, I'm assuming that you have insurance coverage through your school's plan.  When I went to college, it was part of your tuition.  Also, with the new ObamaCare law, you can get some or nearly all of your insurance subsidized if you qualify.  You have options, and shouldn't let money prevent you from seeing a doctor, esp.  now that there are ways to obtain insurance with assistance.

#3417674 I Have Found The Cure For Scars I Think Please Read

Posted by blahblah82 on 02 March 2014 - 04:33 AM

I have no idea why this thread has gone on as long as it has..... This thread epitomizes everything that has gone wrong with this board.  Real discussions about scientifically proven methods to improve scarring has given way to pseudo-science and nonsense.  


I am thankful that the really good, intelligent discussions have been archived so that people will continue to glean insights from them.  All of the recent stuff is completely useless and without merit.  

#3416718 A Desperate Plea For Help My Son Has Severe Acne

Posted by blahblah82 on 26 February 2014 - 05:05 AM

A lot of arm chair experts ....  At the end of the day he should be under the care of a dermatologist.  This is WAY beyond the scope of an esthetician.  

#3416065 Mixto Sx Co2 Fractional Laser Surgery Diary: Asian With Ice Pick Acne Scars O...

Posted by blahblah82 on 23 February 2014 - 07:44 AM

updates are always in the original post on 1st page...

#3414674 A Desperate Plea For Help My Son Has Severe Acne

Posted by blahblah82 on 17 February 2014 - 04:11 AM

Suggesting Accutane is not "pushing" it.  Everytime you have one of these posts, it gets taken over by people who "push" all the holistic healing home remedies.  Also notice that these folks do not or have ever had severe cystic acne that is scarring.  If your acne is NOT scarring, it is not that severe.  


I know your son is against it, but his acne is quite severe.  If the acne is starting to scar, then it has already passed the tipping point where less aggressive means will not stop it.  I had one of the most severe cases of cystic acne in high school, at the same age.  I really commend you for your concern.  My parents did not understand and I have suffered a lot.  First it was the cystic acne, and now it's dealing with the aftermath - severe scars.


I'm a smaller built guy, and at one point I was on 80mg/day of Accutane.  After 5 months, my acne has gone into complete remission.  I do break out anymore, and I could slather Crisco oil on my face and not break out.  


I'm not exactly PRO-Accutane, I'm pro science based approaches when the acne is severe.  

#3412260 Will It Ever Go Away?

Posted by blahblah82 on 04 February 2014 - 08:52 AM

Actually I think telling someone the truth, that their skin is great is the more compassionate thing to do.  Instead of feeding into some distorted view of reality, I'm tell him he is fortunate and should be out enjoying life.  


If you did a cursory view of my past responses, you'd see I have nothing but endless sympathy and advice stemming from my own personal experiences with treatments and doctors.  I try my best to elevate the conversation here with thoughtful discussion, not political correctness.


Can't say I'm sorry for that.

#3411972 Will It Ever Go Away?

Posted by blahblah82 on 02 February 2014 - 05:03 PM

Sorry but seriously this board has jumped the shark completely.   Every other post is like this now from folks with perfectly good skin.  


OP, I don't mean to come off harsh, but if you truly believed you are disfigured you would not have actually posted pictures.  The only people who post pictures are the ones who have mild scarring at best.  


I agree with the other poster that you have other issues to sort out and bad skin is not one of them.  You have good skin.  Are you here for validation?  


This is the kind of stuff that makes people with truly bad scars despair even more because if that's what some people think are bad, then in comparison they must be truly disfigured.  


I just can't...

#3411695 Fractora 3000 Treatment Journal

Posted by blahblah82 on 01 February 2014 - 07:23 AM

This topic of excision comes up quite often, and in theory it makes a lot of sense.  Unfortunately, how you heal afterwards plays the biggest role in whether or not the excision will turn out well.  I've had excisions that were successful and some that really went badly.  In fact, the ones that failed turned out MUCH worse, and I've been trying to undo the damage since.   Most of the derms I've seen have been against them because they do fail so often, and I guess they would rather not have the liability.   Some excisions do heal quite well, but a lot also fail disastrously.  


Testytest's experience with excisions is very similar to mine.  Initially, the wound looks great, but by 1 month it is very red, swollen, and very noticeable.  Then if you are not a good healer or the surgeon did not close the wound correctly, the incision can start to pull apart and then you have an indented linear scar.  

#3409528 Anybody has intense depression resulting from acne scars?

Posted by blahblah82 on 21 January 2014 - 06:20 PM



This is called perspective.

#3409116 PMMA injections for acne scars worked

Posted by blahblah82 on 19 January 2014 - 07:17 PM

Based on the article, this was not "rejection" of the material per se, but a vascular occlusion which caused subsequent necrosis.  This can happen with any filler, because if you hit an artery and inject into it, it will block blood flow and cause tissue death. 


PMMA is the chemical name for products like Artefill, which is the only approved permanent filler in the US.  

#3406869 Dermabrasion At Home

Posted by blahblah82 on 09 January 2014 - 11:31 PM

I agree that subcision + suction (and maybe temporary fillers too) is the way to go. The first dramatic improvement case I ever saw for severe acne scars was obtained after subcision. A Voy message board user had posted before and after pictures when he had his acne scars treated by dr. Rapaport, and the improvement he had was more than 50% from one session only. From that point on I knew acne scars can be greatly improved if we find a good doctor and the right treatment.


Of course these message boards are riddled with imposters trying to promote some equipments, products and doctors, but I knew that guy wasn't one of them. I also have seen many cases of improvements from subcision over the years, so I know subcision works if done properly.


This is very true.  All of the techniques available to treat scarring are well known and in the public realm.  No one has a secret, special technique.   The only thing that truly makes a difference is the skill of the doctor.

#3406749 My Last Post Here.

Posted by blahblah82 on 09 January 2014 - 04:11 PM

Uh yeah....  Scarring and how people deal with it all have to do with the degree / severity of the condition.  Trust me, if my scarring was minor, I would not be wasting time here researching.  I'm glad you've made peace with your situation, but by your own admission your condition is moderate.  I agree that some people on here have minor scarring, and still pursue procedures that hold a lot of risk.  For others though, their scarring is severe and would be hard to escape notice by other people.  Personally, I chose to pursue treatment because my scars are severe, and I was frankly constantly reminded by others how bad they were through the way they'd react / treat me.   I was tired of the stares, comments, and whispers.  I'm sure you'd feel differently if your scars are severe enough that complete strangers comment on your face.  That's how insensitive and cruel people can be.  Being 16, you have no idea how severe acne scars can hamper you in the professional working world.   But I understand your naivete.