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Karen*

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In Topic: Fraxel Laser Leaving Permanent Scars

08 August 2015 - 04:37 PM

How many fraxels have you had? It was non ablative?


Around 5-6 total, I would say - the first 3-4 I had done at a clinic, but it was not very professional. The doctor did not do it himself, and instead had some girls that were clearly not nurses or medical professionals do it. It hurt a lot more but was cheaper ($300 dollars a session, I think). I did not see much results, however, I don't think I had the permanent pin marks problem from those sessions.

The later ones I went to a different dermatologist, and these were $800 a session and the doctor did it himself. It hurt less, but again, I don't see any improvements to the scarring and they left permanent pin marks on my face. It's the "orange peel skin" some people have after this treatment, and it doesn't seem uncommon.

And yes, I think it was non-ablative. Like I said, my doctor never really explained to me and I didn't even know there was non-ablative and ablative until I looked it up online.

I'm adding some photos to my original post of what my skin looks like right now (sorry they're not the best quality, but it shows what I need to show) - there's a lot of scarring on my cheeks, but you can see all the pin marks on the surrounding skin.


In Topic: Fraxel Causing Cystic Acne?

08 July 2015 - 09:16 PM

I can't help from experience as I've never had fraxel but anything that traumatises your skin could have the potential to flare up acne.  I have read of people getting blister like spots after fraxel, maybe your skin is too sensitive for the treatment?  I know when I exfoliate to often and use harsher products on my skin that I tend to breakout more, your skin needs a lipid barrier to function properly and striping the skin of this can allow bacteria and irritants to flare up skin conditions.  Try and stay calm I know it can be a frightening time when your skin has a major flare up, don't do anything further that will aggravate your skin and try to keep your skin as hydrated as possible.  I find a bottled water spray like Aveene or Evian can help calm down redness and a good, basic moisturiser like e45, something with an emollient in it to keep in the moisture, the aquaphor is probably a good choice.  It could also be the vinegar as it is acidic so will be exfoliating your skin and anything underneath will be coming to the surface, maybe try and dilute the vinegar more so it has less of a exfoliating effect on the skin.  I hope things calm down soon x

 

 

the reason fraxel causes acne is that it brings all the oil to the surface of the skin. i've had a few of these treatments and the last one i got i had a ton of whiteheads pop up on my chin where i am the oiliest. the place i go to has me wash my face with my regular cleanser then use witch hazel toner to exfoliate the skin then after that i put on hydrogel and lastly ceramide cream. i do that 2-3 times a day post fraxel until my skin is healed.
also i start taking antibiotics 2-3 days before and stay on them about 7 days post fraxel. this really helps me not get any cystic acne breakouts. 
one thing to note is that while your skin is healing do not pick touch or pick at any of the acne bumps because you could cause further scarring. 
good luck to you and i hope you heal fast!


Thank you both so much for the information and suggestions! I called my dermatologist this morning but he didn't sound too concerned - said I could come by to see him Saturday morning. I'd really feel better with some antibiotics, hopefully I can convince him to prescribe some on Saturday and that it won't be too late to prevent a breakout. Whiteheads are still popping up like crazy today, I hope it stops there and doesn't turn into cysts.


In Topic: Enlarged Pores From Accutane?

20 August 2014 - 12:05 AM

Oh yeah, forgot to mention my dosage and such in the OP - don't know if that matters, but I have been and will be on 40mg my whole course, and I am 20, 43kg female.

 

I am almost 3 months into my Accutane treatment, and in general my acne has improved (though I still get the occasional pimple and get break outs when I'm on my period), however I noticed that the texture of my skin is just terrible these days. My skin around the acne used to be very soft and smooth, and the pores on my nose were bigger than average, but not as huge as they are now. Overall, the condition of my skin has worsened and it looks like the pores all over my face have enlarged. My skin is acne-free now, but it's looking really rough. Is this normal? I hear Accutane is supposed to shrink pores, not make them bigger. :c

 

It doesn't really shrink pores, but since it shrinks the sebaceous gland (which is part of pilosebaceous unit, which includes the pore + gland), it can make them look smaller. 

 

However the "orange peel texture" you are describing appears to be a common side effect of both Accutane and Retin-A products. Not really sure why. Some people get it and some people don't. There's not a whole lot you can do about it once it happens. 

 

To clarify - by "side effect", do you mean this will eventually go away on its own once I am off the medication, or is this a permanent result of using Accutane for those that do experience this?


In Topic: Help! Skin Oily Again On Accutane

02 July 2014 - 02:10 AM

You're still very early into treatment so your skin will fluctuate and such.  Not everyone dries out at the same consistent rate so i wouldn't be alarmed.

 

Well, that makes me feel a bit better to know, thanks!


In Topic: Accutane And Scar Treatments

23 June 2014 - 08:23 PM

Accutane makes your skin a lot thinner, the laser will burn you and give you scars. Don't do it, believe the internet for once.

I'm 2 months done with accutane and even shaving with an electric shaver still irritates my skin, I can't even imagine what a laser would do...

Thanks for the answer! That makes a lot of sense, I'll definitely tell him I'm rescheduling my appointment for the treatment, don't wanna risk more scarring.