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My Experience With Fractional Lasers (Before After Pics)

06 February 2015 - 01:26 PM

Hello everybody,

Just wanted to share my current experiences with fractional laser, treating rolling scars left by moderate/cystic acne.
So far I've done 4 Fraxel Re:store procedures on an affected area on a right cheek (added the "before" picture). The procedures were a bit painful, but as I have high pain tolerance, it was no big deal for me. The downtime was short and I was actually going to work the very same day I got my fraxel done, since the slight throbbing/burning sensation didn't bother me much. Each time my skin would start peeling on day 3-4 and the redness would be gone in 3-4 weeks. I've done these 4 procedures with 4-5 weeks in between them.

Improvement has been slight so far, around 20-30% which is quite little for the amount of money I've spent, but these lasers are supposed to show the final result in 3-6 months, so I can't say that Fraxel Re:store was a waste. 

In about a month I'm gonna get an ablative laser procedure for the affected half of my face, since I have only had acne on my right side. Thought that I should get this things done before the sunny season kicks in. A bit nervous and pretty sure that the healing won't be easy-peasy like it was on fraxel, but the results might be worth it.

Too bad I had some acne since my last fraxel, so I can't put a picture of my current state, cause it's all red and can be misguiding. But I am going to put an "after" picture in autumn 2015, so please subscribe to this topic if you want to see the outcome. 

Any tips or questions are welcomed. 

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Herbs That Don't Interact With The Pill

12 November 2014 - 07:02 AM

So which herbs can help with ballancing hormones and reducing pms symptoms and NOT interract with birth control? Saw palmeto, chasteberry and similar ones seems great, but are not recommended with the pill. Which ones are ok to take?

What Treatment Would Suit Me Best?

09 August 2014 - 10:00 AM

Hey everybody,

I would really appreciate and advice on which treatment I should use for my deep rolling scars. I am terribly afraid of fraxel or any kind of laser resurfacing since I kinda feel that it would break me out (the scarred area often feels like it's about to break out, but never really does, I just get get tiny red spots that I eliminate with Epidou or other creams). I read the reviews of other people and it often seems to give them cystic pimples. Besides, any kind of exfoliation is "threatening" to break me out as well, even if it's some good quality exfoliation cream I use at home (for example Dermatologica's exfoliator), so I assume chemical peeling would make it worse as well. 

Would fillers or subscision suit these kind of scars? Can they make my skin break out? Or maybe I should choose something else? 
This area seems to be infected since a very young age, since it's the only area on my face where I got the worst acne that left deep scars. Got clear since I got on Yasmin+Spiro. 

Please share your opinion and advice, these scars makes me feel very ugly and they are visible in all the pictures that are taken of me. ;(

Spironolactone And Stomach Bloating

03 June 2014 - 12:14 PM

I've been on Spironolactone for 7 months now (Yasmin - 9 months) and I'm extremely happy with the results regarding my acne. It disappeared almost completely. So the happiness and new found confidence made me ignore one uncomfortable symptom that I've got and that is becoming increasingly worse - stomach bloating. However I feel like I can no longer go on with the constant pain and tightness in my stomach as it started having impact on my new dating life. I do take my pills together with a first meal of the day, but it doesn't seem to help. Peppermint and chamomile tea can calm it down for a couple of hours, but next morning I'm most likely to wake up with a balloon in my belly. 
Any tips on how to handle this and what could help? Hope you understand that I don't want to stop the treatment that is 100% effective on my acne, but I would like to find something that can make the bloating at least milder. 

Help Me To Choose Treatment (Pics)

30 December 2013 - 09:35 AM

Hey! I have quite deep and obvious scars on my right cheek. Some are smaller, but 4 of them are quite huge and I doubt they would respond to any type of topical treatment. I wonder if these could be treated with chemical peels or laser? Is fractional laser an option?
Also, I've spent a month in harsh sun (with sun screen ofc) but still got a lot of freckles, is it dangerous to start treating my scars any time soon? Thank you