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I need help regarding co2 resurfacing

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Dear users,

I need some advice regarding the use of co2 resurfacing, namely fraxel repair, for my face. Let me give you a bit of a background:

I started to get acne when i was about 16 years old, mild at first, so i went to a derm with my mum and we were offered a course of accutane, which at the time was expensive and she couldn't afford so i was given an exfoliating cleanser, zinc medication and a scar cream. The use of these products seemed to irritate my skin more and more and my acne just kept getting worst and worst. My skin was extremely oily, i started getting cysts everywhere which kept scarring me, live was horrible and i went into a state of severe depression where every day was hell.

So i started taking antibiotics, tried loads of different creams all for nothing. At one point I saw an ad in the paper for photodynamic treatment so i went to the clinic and asked for it. They told me that they would have to start me off on micro-dermabrasion first, which i did 6 of with very minimal improvement. Then they moved me on to IPL and i saw some improvements with that but the improvements were never long lived. As this went on and time went by my skin kept getting more damaged. I also tried at home chemical peels with not much success.

Ultimately after doing about 5 IPLs the doctor let me do the Photodynamic treatment, which at the time was futile as i think most of my acne had gone away anyways. They milked me for my money and destroyed my life as i feel very strongly that if i had taken the treatment i asked for in the first place i would be much better off today, prevention is better than cure.

Today my face is a mess, i look like an 80 year old person and I'm only 24, i dunno where to go for help anymore. My skin is very sensitive, blotchy and rough. I am not over exagerating.

I have a lot of pigmentation from all the shit i used in the past and my skin is thin. I get clogged pores and dehydrated skin, my face looks generally very unhealthy. I think i am beyond help at this point. People fucked me over too much, i needed medical help badly and i was left to rot.

I was looking at co2 resurfacing in a small hope that maybe they can fix me up, but i am not sure. I think i have crossed the point of no return and i am afraid that the resurfacing will do more harm than good.

Please give me your advice.

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Dear users,

I need some advice regarding the use of co2 resurfacing, namely fraxel repair, for my face. Let me give you a bit of a background:

I started to get acne when i was about 16 years old, mild at first, so i went to a derm with my mum and we were offered a course of accutane, which at the time was expensive and she couldn't afford so i was given an exfoliating cleanser, zinc medication and a scar cream. The use of these products seemed to irritate my skin more and more and my acne just kept getting worst and worst. My skin was extremely oily, i started getting cysts everywhere which kept scarring me, live was horrible and i went into a state of severe depression where every day was hell.

So i started taking antibiotics, tried loads of different creams all for nothing. At one point I saw an ad in the paper for photodynamic treatment so i went to the clinic and asked for it. They told me that they would have to start me off on micro-dermabrasion first, which i did 6 of with very minimal improvement. Then they moved me on to IPL and i saw some improvements with that but the improvements were never long lived. As this went on and time went by my skin kept getting more damaged. I also tried at home chemical peels with not much success.

Ultimately after doing about 5 IPLs the doctor let me do the Photodynamic treatment, which at the time was futile as i think most of my acne had gone away anyways. They milked me for my money and destroyed my life as i feel very strongly that if i had taken the treatment i asked for in the first place i would be much better off today, prevention is better than cure.

Today my face is a mess, i look like an 80 year old person and I'm only 24, i dunno where to go for help anymore. My skin is very sensitive, blotchy and rough. I am not over exagerating.

I have a lot of pigmentation from all the shit i used in the past and my skin is thin. I get clogged pores and dehydrated skin, my face looks generally very unhealthy. I think i am beyond help at this point. People fucked me over too much, i needed medical help badly and i was left to rot.

I was looking at co2 resurfacing in a small hope that maybe they can fix me up, but i am not sure. I think i have crossed the point of no return and i am afraid that the resurfacing will do more harm than good.

Please give me your advice.

Please, please do not go for anymore lasers. There are so many things I could say, but it would take forever. Please check out and register on this website: http://iplandlaserdamagesupport.prophpbb.com/ You are going to need to see a reputable dermatologist in your area. Please do your research to find one that isn't going to dismiss you or the damage done to your skin. Good Luck!

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Looks like this kid got photodynamic theraphy before trying anything else substantial:

ABC News

it sounds like a really odd procedure--laser on active acne. maybe i'm just ignorant. :shrug:

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This is my experience with fractional co2 laser (power 30W), I had the treatment in October, now it's May, and my skin is not completely healed... it's still a pink but the worst thing is that my skin has become VERY VERY sensitive, I can't use BP anymore cause my face literally burn (and my acne is coming back!! :( ).

So pay attention, are you COMPLETELY ACNE FREE? Do you have a sensitive skin?

In the past I could put almost everything on it without any problem and now it's the opposite, I wouldn't do it again... maybe my scars (boxcar) are a little bit improved (5-10%??) but the price to pay is too high, 3-4 months of redness (maybe my treatment was to harsh but the doc told me 5-7 days of redness NOT months!!!!)

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