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tracy521

Member Since 18 Oct 2005
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In Topic: Glycolic Peel Not Effective. Need To Go Higher?

30 April 2015 - 07:36 AM

when i was younger i had good success with 40-50% glycolic acid but you can try tca that is more of a heavier duty type of peel and should give you good results. i would really not recommend doing that one yourself though tca is a lot stronger than glycolic so you will frost a lot faster. what brand are you using? i used to use makeup artists choice and their stuff was always really good. i would definitely stop doing peels 2-3 times a week though because you dont want to damage your skin. your skin probably just needs a break from doing so many peels at this point. 

In Topic: Just Another Day Of Emotional Defeat

30 April 2015 - 07:31 AM

Thank you guys for your support. It means a lot to me!
Another really bad day for me.. but there will be better days i hope.

 

just reading your story is how i felt a few years ago when my acne and scarring were at their worst. i know how hard it is to get up day after day and try to go on when you feel so down and so bad about yourself its like you cant see a way out of this mess but i can guarantee you that it will get better and that your face wont always look this way. it feels so permanent now but once you can get clear there are treatments out there that will help your skin look a lot better i can promise you that. so what are you doing for your skin right now? what is your current regimen? 
sending you lots of hugs and prayers today. 

My current routine is basically just washing twice a day (morning and night) with a oil-free liquid clenanser. And then I use a exfoiliator once a day followed by a oil-free moisturizer. I change my pillowcase, stay away from diary and that's about it

 

what type of exfoliator do you use? why not try out dan's regimen on this site? not sure how bad your acne is but its totally worth a shot. the regimen isnt too expensive and you get a ton of product so you will have the stuff for a long time. i really love the bp its super gentle if you arent using AHA now i would totally try that too. basically anything with glycolic acid will work. its such a great product for removing dead skin and keeping those pores from getting clogged. you can get on a good antibiotic to kick start the clearing process as well. there are so many options out there for acne that i think we can find a way to clear you up pretty good so that you can start to work on those scars. also if you just have red marks those arent scars and should heal in time and if not there are various treatments to get rid of that. believe me when i say that it will get better i promise ;)


In Topic: Intense Pulsed Light (Ipl) For Redness

28 April 2015 - 12:56 PM

You are very welcome! I've had so many treatments because I kept getting acne over and over again. I think I started getting them around 2006 and the last one I had was a year or so ago. I stopped getting acne a little over 2 years ago when I went on a high dose of Keflex and then Spironolactone. I still take Spironolactone to this day. 
The effects are permanent so the redness will never come back thank goodness!

In Topic: Intense Pulsed Light (Ipl) For Redness

28 April 2015 - 12:12 PM

IPL works very well for redness but you should go to a medical spa or plastic surgeon's office and see what they think. Sometimes they recommend a series of peels but it all depends on what they think will work best. I've been getting IPL's for years like a really long time and have had so many of them I cant even count and they always worked really well for me. I had them done on my red marks from acne and for brown spots from the sun. It has always worked really well for me but that is because the places I have gone always do multiple passes on each spot at a fairly high intensity. So I would suggest going for a consult at a reputable place and then have them do a test spot if that is what you decide you want to do and then if in a few days everything looks good then get the IPL done. For your first one it will be a lower intensity and probably less passes just to see how your skin reacts and if everything is ok then that will be upped for your next set of treatments. Good luck to you! If you have other questions you can pm me I've had a lot of skin treatments done so know how most of them work.

In Topic: Just Another Day Of Emotional Defeat

28 April 2015 - 08:21 AM

just reading your story is how i felt a few years ago when my acne and scarring were at their worst. i know how hard it is to get up day after day and try to go on when you feel so down and so bad about yourself its like you cant see a way out of this mess but i can guarantee you that it will get better and that your face wont always look this way. it feels so permanent now but once you can get clear there are treatments out there that will help your skin look a lot better i can promise you that. so what are you doing for your skin right now? what is your current regimen? 
sending you lots of hugs and prayers today.