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Got Some Red Mark Questions =( Please Help

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Damn school fuckin sucks so bad right now. Everyone thinks I've got a million pimples on my cheeks, when actually my cheeks are pretty clear but are left with severeeeeeeee red marks. It looks like my cheeks are bleeding internally, and some red marks make the illusion of deeeeeep scars, when actually there are no scars. Well here are my questions:

1. Do all red marks fade with time? - Even though everyone is different, what is the time period for recovery?

2. Does accutane make red marks slower to heal?

3. Does accutane make red marks redder?

4. What can I do to somehow speeden the healing/fading process WHILE on accutane?(masks, topcials)

5. From what you can see from my pictures, is there any hope of having clear skin once again? NOTE: very few active pimples, all are just red marks.

post-78204-1219440051_thumb.jpg Right Cheek (looks like a DEEEEEEP scar but it's actually level with the rest of my face)

post-78204-1219440111_thumb.jpg Left Cheek

Some notes:

- If I wear some cover up (lol), my face looks almost perfect but you can still make out the marks being covered by the coverup

- I do still have acne, but if I didn't have red marks I'd probably not be in this forum and be over at the mild acne forum

-When a light is shined on my face or the sun shines on my face, my red marks vanish and what you can see is a perfectly level face with 2 or 3 tiny pimples

post-78204-1219440850_thumb.jpgImagine this is how my skin was on March 30, 2008

And one more question: Can I use the ACV and Baking soda regimen while on accutane? I've benn reading rave reviews about it and think it may help.

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I don't know anything about Accutane, but I don't think you are supposed to do much with your face as far as masks and topicals while you're on it, because Accutane makes your skin overly sensitive and more prone to scarring. Ask your dermatologist about that one before you do something you might regret!

My experience with red marks is that they do all fade with time. Lots and lots of time, it seems, which sucks when you're all done with your acne and just stuck with red marks!

Anyway, school sucks, red marks suck, but at least your acne is gone! Now that you're not breaking out anymore, you won't get new red marks, so you'll notice your old ones fading away more, and you'll probably be perfect this time next year. Until then, wear the coverup if you want! I wouldn't care if a boy wore coverup, if it made him feel more confident!

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IMO, that is quite red, and the marks are in large blotches. What has your doctor or derm told you about this? I Wouldn't try anything while on accutane, it is a very potent drug, you don't want to risk scarring or scabbing. PLEASE give me 6 months to a year after your accutane course before doing even a light peel.

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In my opinion your marks are quite severe as of now. However I can also make out you have little to no active acne which is great. Now my advice to you is let the course finish without worrying about the marks. The marks suck I know. Ignore what people think at school, I mean seriously what can be done about it? Nothing I'm afraid, people will always judge whether you have bad or good skin, let that phase pass you by, the less you think the easier it will be. After your tane course expect upto 12 months for significant fading of the marks. Like pog said next time this year your skin should be great! Sacrifice this year and concentrate on other parts of your life, like your education. Things will get great like they were before! I also have marks and I feel down alot all the time but straight thinking and knowing its a temporary sacrfice keep me going!

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1. Do all red marks fade with time? - Even though everyone is different, what is the time period for recovery?

I'm inclined to say yes, the red marks do fade with time... But give it 2-3 years.

I also don't think it's a good idea to try other topicals/treatments while you're on Accutane without consulting your derm first. Does you derm have any ideas as well on how to improve the red marks?

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Here you go,

Try either, ACV baking soda aka delna's regime, sudocrem. and aha lotion. I find tht these helps get rid of red marks.

Not sure if it is advisible to use those if you're still breaking out though. hope tht helps

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you should see a dermatologist/laser cosmetologist and speak to him about vbeam or similar treatment and see what they say. Its very red - my skins nots that red and I'm concerned for myself. Definitely seek a second opinion. GO SEE A SPECIALIST ASAP

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Thanks for the advice people. The last time I saw my derm (August 13 I believe), he did not seem too shocked or concerned at all about my red marks. I asked him whether or not there was something I could do whilst on accutane to somewhat reduce the overall redness on my face, and he said no.

It's probably just me, but my derm seems to not be that much of an expert on acne and red marks but more of a botox/ scar specialist. Pretty much everything he said when prescribing me accutane I had known about before hand.

Well anyways, is there anyone on here that can guarantee at least a slight bit of improvement by next June(want to have a somewhat good last summer of my high school life)? What I really need right now are optimism and advice.

Lastly, I feel a big reason why red marks are such a pain after accutane are due to the "leaving alone" of red marks during an accutane course. The reason why I want to find regimens that are compatible with accutane are to provide SOME sort of speed to the red mark reduction process.

Big huge thanks to everyone contributing and good luck to everyone suffering from stupidddddd stuborrrn red marks. (at least concealer will help me cope with life for now)

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1. Do all red marks fade with time ?

Yes, the red marks will eventually fade with time. Using a medication can speed up the process of red marks being faded. It may take up to 6 months and up for the red marks to fade.

2. Does Accutane make red marks slower to heal ?

Yes, as the research shows Accutane slows down the process of red marks being faded.

3. Does Accutane make red marks redder ?

Some people using Accutane may notice red marks even worse and some people using Accutane clear red marks.

4. What can I do to somehow speeden the healing ?

There are many medications that help speed up the process of fading red marks and scars such as Maderma and Tazorac. The best way is to talk to your local doctor regarding the medication to help speed up the healing process.

5. From what you can see from my pictures ?

Yes, it's absolutely possible to have a clear skin again. The faster you start using a medication for red marks and scars the better the results will be on the skin.

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1. Do all red marks fade with time ?

Yes, the red marks will eventually fade with time. Using a medication can speed up the process of red marks being faded. It may take up to 6 months and up for the red marks to fade.

2. Does Accutane make red marks slower to heal ?

Yes, as the research shows Accutane slows down the process of red marks being faded.

3. Does Accutane make red marks redder ?

Some people using Accutane may notice red marks even worse and some people using Accutane clear red marks.

4. What can I do to somehow speeden the healing ?

There are many medications that help speed up the process of fading red marks and scars such as Maderma and Tazorac. The best way is to talk to your local doctor regarding the medication to help speed up the healing process.

5. From what you can see from my pictures ?

Yes, it's absolutely possible to have a clear skin again. The faster you start using a medication for red marks and scars the better the results will be on the skin.

Acne doctor your awesomeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. Thanks for the answers and the optimism!! Seriously don't know how, but I got a huge amount of optimism from this (probably because you call yourself "Acne Doctor" which makes me think you have solid credibility. Hopefully you do actually have credibility) :D :D :D :D

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how long u been on accutane man??

i'm on accutane as well, for about 6 weeks, but i've got really unsensitive skin - my skins not even dry anymore. i've also mostly cleared up, only 2 active on my right cheek atm.

so i'm thinking i might try very small amounts of baking soda on small areas of my skin first and see if anything severe happens. coz i srsly cant deal with these fuckin red marks.

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well ive had pretty bad red marks, not AS bad as yours but close. i just started eating healthy and drinking alot of water and it all faded within a couple of days. try it out and hope it works for you!!

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good luck!!!!!!!

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well ive had pretty bad red marks, not AS bad as yours but close. i just started eating healthy and drinking alot of water and it all faded within a couple of days. try it out and hope it works for you!!

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good luck!!!!!!!

i have always heard in these forums and from dermo's that u should wait 2 yrs and the red marks will fade, but thats bull...i have been off accutane for 6 yrs and my red marks have NOT faded, i havent used any peels or chemicals and i think i will give it a go

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well ive had pretty bad red marks, not AS bad as yours but close. i just started eating healthy and drinking alot of water and it all faded within a couple of days. try it out and hope it works for you!!

!!

good luck!!!!!!!

i have always heard in these forums and from dermo's that u should wait 2 yrs and the red marks will fade, but thats bull...i have been off accutane for 6 yrs and my red marks have NOT faded, i havent used any peels or chemicals and i think i will give it a go

Yeh derms talk crap my one said once im off accutane my skin will be clear in 6 months and that the sun really helps so try to go away. It's been 18 months and I now have loads of scaring and red marks on my face and I went on holiday for 3 weeks where was sun everyday and that did f*** all to be honest didn't make it worse but didn't make it better all my body got tanned but my face stayed a ghost with red marks and scars..

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Ya know... its good you dont have acne. You can concentrate on those redmarks- baking soda mask (then ACV afterwards)... Maybe try some vitamins like aloe vera and/or zinc to help healing?

I dont have any active acne and it sure looks it because of my red marks. Luckily for me I have dents too... a freaking lot as i didnt notice before til the active acne was gone. GRRRRR

good luck to ya

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I didn't have time to read over all the replys to this.. but I just got a Dermaroller.. and my brother has acne scars just like that..and he used it once and got some really good results. It's actually a scary little contraption... but believe it or not it works.. I've been using it too and it works...! It's a little roller with needles on it.. some people just call it needling.. But anyhow.. It's really cool, because instead of putting extra foreign medicines that can be very harmful to you..into your body, the Dermaroller uses your own bodies means of healing..

Here's how it works....when your body gets a pimple, your body sends out the message that you need elastin..collogen, etc. to heal the area. Once the pimple is healed (meaning not an open wound or sore anymore) Your body will stop sending out that message.. Leaving you with red scars or sometimes even large pock marks.. So.. What the dermaroller does is... it pokes tiny holes in your skin.. (you cant even see them) and it causes that message to keep on sending out to your body and the things that heal those marks.. so.. it will heal the redness and the indentations... Like i said.. ive tried it myself and so has my brother.. you can order one off line..

I mean, it sounds crazy.. but when you are desperate and dont want to spend thousands of dollars on laser treatments and what not, its a good solution..

about accutane.. i was on it and got allergice.. my bro was on it too.. and it didnt really heal his face much.. his face was terrible tho.. i did kno a girl in school who had severe acne.. and she used it and her face was as smooth as a babysbutt after she was all through with the treatment..

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well ive had pretty bad red marks, not AS bad as yours but close. i just started eating healthy and drinking alot of water and it all faded within a couple of days. try it out and hope it works for you!!

!!

good luck!!!!!!!

i have always heard in these forums and from dermo's that u should wait 2 yrs and the red marks will fade, but thats bull...i have been off accutane for 6 yrs and my red marks have NOT faded, i havent used any peels or chemicals and i think i will give it a go

I am also very concerned about these red marks I have... Is it possible if you post a picture of the red marks you are talking about? Thanks

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if ppl give u problems say i dont have red marks, i just smoke meth. jk jk. but dude im in the small boat as u will red marks. maybe after accutane u could invest in Dans AHA

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