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I know this probably looks extremely bad compared to everybody else, but I'm just hoping someone can help me out. :D

I don't have insurance or money for expensive treatments, but I'm willing to try anything else, even if it will help the smallest amount.. anything.

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    That type of scars are very difficult to fight with. Give it some time, they will heal as much as they can on their own.

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    Hi Baravykas. Thanks for the response, I was starting to wonder if people were afraid to comment or something...

    And yeah I know this type of scar is difficult to deal with. What exactly is it called? I'm not really familiar with the names of different scars.

    It's been about 2 years since I've been completely free of acne conglobata, and mild acne too. So at least I'm fine in that aspect. It's ALOT less red than it used to be. But now it kind of feels like it'll never get any better than this, and I've been hoping there's something I can do about it.

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    wow man you had acne conglobata, that the most severe form, right? did you go on accutane to get rid of it? btw, about the scars, the raised keloid type are hard remove or treat, i would just consult a derm, and see what price the procedures are. do you hve the same type of scars on your face?

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    wow man you had acne conglobata, that the most severe form, right? did you go on accutane to get rid of it? btw, about the scars, the raised keloid type are hard remove or treat, i would just consult a derm, and see what price the procedures are. do you hve the same type of scars on your face?

    Yes I sure did have acne conglobata... it was a living hell. I wouldn't wish it upon my worst enemy.

    As far as I know, it's the second most severe form. I can't remember the name of the most severe form, but if I remember right, it's the exact same thing except with muscle aches and fever or something. But as far as skin damage goes, yes, it's the most severe. I was on a very high dose of accutane accompanied by a steroid for quite a long time.

    So the raised ones are called keloid scars.. I did not know that. Thanks. Yeah those don't seem to be going away. They're getting somewhat lighter in color and not as red as before. I think the worst part is the "pits", those are still very reddish in color. It's so depressing.

    I don't have insurance, or money, so I can't really go to a derm. Back when I was on accutane, 2 years ago, I had insurance and my parents paid for most other stuff. But that's not the case anymore.

    Luckily, I don't have any scars on my face... I only had moderate acne on my face while I had acne conglobata, and very few of the cystic kind. Instead they were all on my chest and back, so badly that it pretty much became one huge scab. My back isn't as bad as my chest, it's just more scattered. But yeah, thank God I don't have any on my face...

    Thanks for the reply..

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    Yah not having insurance sucks ass, I went on accutane and it cost me like $1500. I don't know what you should do with your chest though, I'll try and look around and see if I come up with anything. Vit E oil might help, I thrashed my face and after the scab went away the scar looked like your chest but I hit it with vit e oil like everynight and there is no more scar. hope this helps.

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    Hi cdoasis -

    I understand not having money for docs. I had to let my insurance go and am self employed. I had to / have to do a lot of stuff on my own.

    I had never heard the term acne conglobata before so I looked it up briefly. Right before I found this forum some years ago I had acne on my face, under jaw, back, chest and shoulders. It was murder and looked hideous - especially since I'm a woman and supposed to be old enough not to have such things. Now I am clear. I had just posted my minor scar pics but made the album private as I am a little self conscious yet.

    Anyway - I had a smaller section on my chest than you - but I can identify with the redness. It freaked me out wondering if it would ever go away. But it did. It was just a long time getting there.

    Now I can't guarantee it will make all the difference - but for me, I can't live without an AHA by Alpha Hydrox that is a 10% AHA. They call it their oil free gel. My routine is and has been the same during clearing as it is now in maintenance. Maybe you could see if it works for you? I do cetaphil gentle cleanser, the oil free gel (alpha hydrox brand) all over any acne affected skin - not just a spot treatment - and then cover all of face, neck, chest, back etc with cetaphil cream (comes in a tub - not the lotion). The combo really relieved my skin - and I found healing time decreased - redness went faster - and it keeps me from breaking out even today. On this treatment - any acne that forms doesn't seem to leave a scar - but acne before this did scar. I can't guarantee you'll be as fortunate - but maybe it can't hurt? And the above poster mentiioned Vit E - it can't hurt to try. But give any treatment 6 weeks before you look for real improvement - unless you have a bad reaction of course then discontinue earlier. The AHA may unearth minor acne while it opens up your pores and exfoliates - but not bad. Then it should be smooth sailing. I hope this helps.

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    Hey LM06... thanks for the advice!

    Now.. what exactly is an "AHA"? Where can I get this product that you're recommending?

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    How old are you, by the way? I have the same thing as you, dude. I am getting six injections of cortizone into each chest keloid. After two, they have lowered significantly. The first one didn't do much so the derma doubled the dose. She told me that the end result will be flat white scars but with dermas these days you never know. If the treatment is unsuccessful, I plan on covering it up with a tattoo.

    Good luck to you monetarily and let me know about your age. Because I want to know if my condition is common among adults..

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    Hey Eric.. thanks for the reply.

    Right now I'm 20 but I had acne conglobata when I was 17/18. Conglobata is a horrible condition that I wouldn't wish upon my worst enemy.. and yes it can happen to anyone at any age, as far as I know. I guess it's most common in males between ages 15-30, that's what I read somewhere.

    I remember having shots of cortizone done, too. I totally forgot about it until you mentioned it. But yeah I had that done too, while I was on accutane.

    Right now I guess I'm going to try Vitamin E or aloe vera for scars... I suppose I'll see how that works.

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    If the treatment is unsuccessful, I plan on covering it up with a tattoo.

    i thought about the same recently.

    do you know if this works?

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    Holy crap dude you are the first person I've seen with scars like mine. I was on accutane about 12 years ago, and it caused them. It started with huge deep boils on my chest and shoulders, and I knew accutane was supposed to make your acne worse before it got better, so I kept taking it. Bad move. The giant cysts eventually came to the surface, and became open weeping sores. Extremely painful. After going off of the accutane, they healed up, and formed horrible scars, worse than yours. With cortizone injections they flattened out, but the redness is still there to a certain degree. I've spoken to several doctors, and the only treatment option seems to be lasers, which may or may not reduce some of the colouring. I have no idea what a tatoo on top of keloids would do. I've done a fair amount of bodybuilding, so I can take my shirt off without being embarrassed. Instead of looking great with my shirt off because I'm ripped, the scars take me down to average. I'm just thankful my face only has "normal" acne scarring... although I'm pushing 30 and still get zits...

    Whatever. there's much worse things that can happen to a person.

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    I had the same kind of acne on my chest, and it does suck man. The only real problem with the Vitamin E treatment for scars is, the acne needs to be done showing up on the area before it can start to take effect. As for the tattoo, I am working on the same thing, but let me warn you.

    Tattoos on the chest hurt bad,

    anywhere there is a scar is going to hurt real bad too,

    and the tat may look a little akward because of the scar.

    But good luck with it, I hope the best for you

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    Hey there ,

    Unfortunately as a few members have sated before the type of scarring you have will never fully dissapear , i know it sucks big time . There are a few things that u can use that are pretty inexpensive and quite succesful .

    My own experince with scars is not a plesant one . I had loads of active scars which were treated first with antibiotics ( which didnt work ) then accutane which did . However accutane left me with keloid scrring on my shoulders , back and chest . Ironically i had no acne whasoever on my face !!! The scrring became a problem because it looked red and sore ... i never wanted to take my top off and struggled to cope . I spent loads on microdemabrasion and laser treatment . I do believe they bothe helped to reduce the scars and have certainly taken the redness away . They are however really expensive .

    As it seems you dont have active cne just the scars i would recommend two things. First grab hold of shower gel that contains tea tree . This is wonderful for the skin ... i have really sensitive skin and this didnt irritate it . The tea tree is renowned for helping skin . As well as this try applying sum aloe vera gel . This cools down the skin and helps to moisturize without doing damage further to the skin . U can get bothin most shops !!

    Give it a try . Overtime the scars will fade and they wont bother you so much i promise .

    Good luck .

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    It is so comforting to see that I am not alone... I suffered from severe acne on my face, back & chest from age 16-20, and I ended up going on roaccutane (i think this is the same as accutane, just its got a different name in UK). That cleared up my spots, but I've been left with terrible, really large scars all over my back, like on your chest. A couple of my scars are a few centimetres long cos some of the cysts merged into one huge one.

    I completely understand how you feel...I am so self-conscious about my scars, i never have the confidence to wear strappy tops when I go out, and bikinis are out of the question in the summer unless i have my long hair covering my back. Even then I am constantly checking that my hair is over my shoulders and that it hasnt blown out of the way to show everyone my hideous skin.

    Also the dermatologists have said my skin is so bad there's nothing they can do to make the scars better, so i have to look forward to the rest of my life with deformed skin.

    However, I am very grateful i havnt got the same scars on my face, and also that i have an incredibly supportive boyfriend who isnt bothered about my back & has raised my confidence so much.

    Really hope yours works out ok.

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    This is exactly the type of scarring plaguing me. I was wondering if anyone has found any successful means of taking them down. I am gonna try that Vitamin E thing. I hope it will do something. =/

    Also, has anyone had these for an extended period of time like 4 years or more? And if so, how much did they fade?

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    wow man you had acne conglobata, that the most severe form, right? did you go on accutane to get rid of it? btw, about the scars, the raised keloid type are hard remove or treat, i would just consult a derm, and see what price the procedures are. do you hve the same type of scars on your face?

    Yes I sure did have acne conglobata... it was a living hell. I wouldn't wish it upon my worst enemy.

    As far as I know, it's the second most severe form. I can't remember the name of the most severe form, but if I remember right, it's the exact same thing except with muscle aches and fever or something. But as far as skin damage goes, yes, it's the most severe. I was on a very high dose of accutane accompanied by a steroid for quite a long time.

    So the raised ones are called keloid scars.. I did not know that. Thanks. Yeah those don't seem to be going away. They're getting somewhat lighter in color and not as red as before. I think the worst part is the "pits", those are still very reddish in color. It's so depressing.

    I don't have insurance, or money, so I can't really go to a derm. Back when I was on accutane, 2 years ago, I had insurance and my parents paid for most other stuff. But that's not the case anymore.

    Luckily, I don't have any scars on my face... I only had moderate acne on my face while I had acne conglobata, and very few of the cystic kind. Instead they were all on my chest and back, so badly that it pretty much became one huge scab. My back isn't as bad as my chest, it's just more scattered. But yeah, thank God I don't have any on my face...

    Thanks for the reply..

    Yes there is one worse kind. And yes you are reading a comment from someone who has it. IN time I will post my story but until then good luck.

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