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#3471848 Benzol Prioxide As Spot Treatment?

Posted by tracy521 on 16 February 2015 - 02:03 PM

yes you can. it works very well!

#3471536 Acne Friendly Foundations?

Posted by tracy521 on 13 February 2015 - 03:38 PM

i like dermablend it wont break you out and the coverage is fantastic. 

#3471533 Help Please :(, What Type Of Acne Do I Have And How Do I Fight It. Sorry For...

Posted by tracy521 on 13 February 2015 - 02:50 PM

Hey I would follow what other people have said and do the acne.org regimen with the AHA they sell on this site as well. That should really help you. Your pores probably got all clogged up from only using water and not exfoliating your skin.

#3471411 Face Is Beyond Red. Literally Look Like A Lobster.

Posted by tracy521 on 12 February 2015 - 02:28 PM

you just need to baby your face for now the redness will go away just give it time. look for a mineral makeup that should help it look a bit better. 

#3471405 My Experience With Fractional Lasers (Before After Pics)

Posted by tracy521 on 12 February 2015 - 02:15 PM

i think your skin is looking a lot better. those deeper scars seem to be filling in pretty nicely. i would probably just keep doing the restore if i were you since you seem to be getting pretty good results from it as well as i would think about subcision too. how many more do they want to do?

Thanks Do you have any pics of your own progress posted? 
They wanted me to take a break until next autumn and do some IPL right, which I found silly, cause it won't do anything for me. Later they want me to do another course of 3 or 4 procedures.
So confusing... Can't figure out if I should do ablative or not... :/ 

Nah I wish. I took some pics before I started laser back in 2013 but when I got a new phone they all disappeared -blah! So far I've done the erbium laser, then 2 co2's, a few ipl's then 2 fraxel restores. All I want is my raised scars flattened I cant figure out why its so hard they arent even that raised they just look super weird if that makes any sense. I did see a plastic surgeon that wanted to do dermabrasion on the chin area and I was going to do it until they told me I had to be off spiro for 2 weeks which is way too scary for me to think about right now. I wanted him to just numb me up and do the surgery while I was awake but he wont do that so for now I will do a few more restores then re-assess and go from there. 
As far as ablative goes the erbium and the co2 i had were fully ablative and I didnt see much of a result but I think if you are going to do it you gotta go pretty darn deep to even get down to the scar. I almost think in many ways dermabrasion is so much better because the surgeon can go a lot deeper (its not set on a certain setting like laser but there is more room for error in a way) and customize the treatment for the particular scar but most times they wont even do that until subcision has been done. I would think they would want the scar raised up as much as possible so that the dermabrasion could be done just to finish it off. 

I know fraxel repair goes pretty deep but i know the recovery is longer as well. I would go see a few more docs and really do your research and then mention the various lasers and what they can do and go from there. Ask about spot dermabrasion too. The more informed you are the more it will help you decide what is best. 

#3471041 Does Regimen Help With Hormonal Acne?

Posted by tracy521 on 09 February 2015 - 02:11 PM

Its safer because there is no chance of blood clots and it doesn't have any hormones in it so it just blocks the androgen receptors in the body. I have been on it for over 2 years its amazing stuff. You can get it from your dermatologist or an endocrinologist. Go the hormonal section of this forum and search for spironolactone you will see many posts about it.

#3471031 Does Regimen Help With Hormonal Acne?

Posted by tracy521 on 09 February 2015 - 12:53 PM

It would probably help a bit but most likely wont keep you totally clear. Why don't you try spiro? I believe its safer than the pill and works really well for hormonal acne. Go see your derm and see what they have to say. I am surprised they haven't recommended this to you by now.

#3470581 20Mg Accutane For My Acne

Posted by tracy521 on 05 February 2015 - 02:08 PM

I never took Accutane but just wanted to say good luck to you with everything. I hope you update your progress here as you go and that the side effects are minimal. 

#3469793 How To Get Over Acne Depression? Please Help I'm Desperate

Posted by tracy521 on 29 January 2015 - 01:22 PM

I really feel for you and can relate a bit because I have scarring as well. Its not severe but its enough to make me depressed from time to time. I work full time so that forces me out of the house everyday which helps but I went through a stretch when my acne was bad where I wouldnt see anybody (well except for my hubby) but that just made me feel more alone. I had to force myself to hang out with my friends and see my family and do things I am not comfortable with because I have a life to live and I need to make it worthwhile ya know? Its been a few years now since I got my scarring and I have done lots of treatments with no sucesss but I keep trying new things just to see if I can get some sort of results. I feel like with scarring its hard to get past it because you see it every single day when you look at yourself and when you are a woman its so much harder but thank god for makeup. It has helped me be able to go out and not feel like such a freak. I would say your first step should be to get a therapist and work on your ptsd and then from there you can maybe think about starting a part time job at least for now to get some money coming in. Did you go to college? Is there something you can do in your field? I think with your friends they probably picked up on your self-consciousness and weren't quite sure what to say to you. I noticed if I brought up my acne or scarring to my friends it lightened the mood and then I could share how I was feeling about certain situations. They were very receptive to listen I think they werent just sure what to say to me. 

For now your best bet is to avoid mirrors at all costs and try to get out of the house. Even if its just to go see a movie its better than being cooped up all the time. If you have too much time to think it can really screw with your mind. I am sending you many hugs and if you ever need to talk you can pm on this site. 

#3469593 Will Spironolactone Heal Existing Cysts?

Posted by tracy521 on 27 January 2015 - 10:55 AM

yeah it sucks but if you arent taking keflex i would look into that. it was the only antibiotic that worked for me after taking so many in the past. your family doctor should be able to prescribe it for you. i would look into using aha and then spot treating with bp for now until you clear up. cysts are the worst though they can take a really long time to go away. 

#3469581 Advice Please

Posted by tracy521 on 27 January 2015 - 09:25 AM

do you have any type of indented scarring? if you just have red and brown marks you dont need anything crazy just get ipl or v-beam for those. that should do the trick. i cant imagine a doctor would do repair on you since your skin looks so good. if i were you i wouldnt take the chance of messing up your beautiful skin. 

#3469163 Struggling With Cystic Acne

Posted by tracy521 on 23 January 2015 - 10:56 AM

that is a tough decision. accutane works very well for many people but also can have some bad side effects. the 2 women i know personally that have taken it have had their acne come back. the 2 men i know that have taken it never had their acne come back. i would say your acne is hormonal but your chin area looks clear. have you had your hormones checked just to be sure? talk to your doc about the hormonal thing and then for now i would try keflex to clear that up and then you can decide what you want to do after that. i take spironolactone which blocks the androgen receptors in the body and it works very well for me but my acne was mostly in the lower part of my face. do you break out all month long or just around your period? 

#3469146 Advice Please

Posted by tracy521 on 23 January 2015 - 08:11 AM

your skin looks great! i dont think you need to do anything. i dont even see any scarring in that pic. you are very pretty!

#3468718 Foundation For Dry, Acne Prone Skin?

Posted by tracy521 on 20 January 2015 - 10:58 AM

this might sound nuts but I use dermablend leg and body cover as my foundation. its more of creamier consistency so great for dry skin and it has spf 15 in it as well. it really covers everything which is very nice!

#3467365 Hope When Accutane Has Failed?

Posted by tracy521 on 09 January 2015 - 09:42 PM

I would just like to note that sometimes with severe acne going the natural route doesnt work. I spent alot of time eliminating things from my diet them saw an allergy doctor and had food testing done then lastly i saw a naturopath who wasted more of my cash and made my skin so much worse. Only thing that worked was a course of keflex and then spiro. I gave up everything and spent prob 50k over 16 yrs to try and clear up my skin. Now i can enjoy life again and dont worrg about every single thing i eat or drink or put on my skin.