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Hey guys,

Well I have had severe acne for about 10 years. And those 10 years my life has been terrible. I did not have any friends because of it, or girlfriends. I started doing terrible in school due to constantly being depressed about it and thinking about it. And i was not fortunate enough to have helpful parents. They never cared that much about my acne. They didn't realize what acne does to a person. So that is why i had it so long. And i eventually ended up hating myself to the point where i wish i could just Dump acid all over my face. I know your not supposed to talk about suicide, but i am very depressed. I really feel like i have nothing to live for anymore. I just cannot explain how low i feel right now. Im sure some of you guys can understand, if not all. I am currently on accutane, which is why my face is so red. I know i still have a lot of PIH. And i know your supposed to wait to get any type of scar treatment done. I will. I want to know now because i plan on getting a job JUST to save up money for acne scar treatment. I am that desperate. So anyways guys, can you please help me. Can you tell me

1- What type of scars do i have(excluding hyperpigmentation)?

2- How would you rate the severity of my scars?

3-What types of treatment would you recommend?

4-How much do you think i will end up spending?

5- How much improvment do you think i will see? I am trying not to get my hopes to high but i really want to have nice skin. Really bad. I get so jealous when i see someone with nice skin. It just isn't fair that we have to deal with scars after going through acne. It's very traumatizing.

And let me know about the pics. This is the first time i have ever took pictures of myself. So If the angle/lighting isn't good enough just let me know and ill take some more in better lighting/angle. I recently got an i touch so it takes pretty good pictures.

I will REALLY appreciate all the responses i get. Thanks guys.

Blake

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It's really difficult to see your scars in your photos. Your skin looks irritated, and almost like it's peeling in some pictures. You also appear to have quite a bit of hyperpigmentation. I would evaluate your scars once you've completed accutane and your skin has settled. Based on your photos, it's not bad, at all.

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From your intro I expected to see some really bad scarring. You are nowhere near as bad off as you think. You don't seem to have deep scarring. I am an advocate of ablative fractionalized CO2 so you know what I think you need.

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It's really difficult to see your scars in your photos. Your skin looks irritated, and almost like it's peeling in some pictures. You also appear to have quite a bit of hyperpigmentation. I would evaluate your scars once you've completed accutane and your skin has settled. Based on your photos, it's not bad, at all.

Yea your probably right. Thanks for your responce i really appreciate it. I see you help a lot of people on this forum. Once my accutane is finished and my PIH is gone i will take more pictures. I was just really upset last night. The accutane gets me more emotional lol.

From your intro I expected to see some really bad scarring. You are nowhere near as bad off as you think. You don't seem to have deep scarring. I am an advocate of ablative fractionalized CO2 so you know what I think you need.

Haha yea i see you recommend that a lot. Thanks for your response. How long do i need to wait to get that done? 6 mos? 1 year? I wish my face wasn't filled with PIH so you guys could see it better. It's hard for me to see as well sometimes. I will take more photos once my tane finishes up and my face gets back to normal ( No redness).

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I think once your skin irritation goes down and you get a even color tone again you will feel a lot better. Most of your scarring is very superficel, for the odd one or two which aren't even all that bad either. I hope you feel better!

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