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  2. Congratulations on your success with Silikon ... I would have NEVER had the courage to do it! For some of the reasons that have already been mentioned. But your progress with the Silikon is amazing. PLEASE keep us updated on the peel!
  3. Will subcision help? Pics included

    Forums Scar treatments 34 replies

    I'm curious about the cheek filler you had that improved the look of your scars. What kind was it? I'm interested in this. Also, I agree with the other member who said your scars aren't deep. That's a blessing, so don't give up!
  4. Quadboy, thank you! This is basically exactly what I was hoping to hear. I'm pretty sure you guys have told me before that subcision is not appropriate for my scars? Not sure. I'll look back over my old threads. If it's an option for me I'll think about it. Thank you :):):)
  5. TCA 35% peeling done!

    Forums Scar treatments 52 replies

    You mean did I have breakouts from using moisturizer and sunscreen? No, but only because I'm not someone who is prone to product related acne. Additionally, my acne was entirely hormonal, and by the time I was on my tretinoin, moisturizer and sunscreen routine it had cleared thanks to birth control and a medication called Spironolactone. As far as the oily skin thing, I really like my skin to look "dewy" or "glowy."
  6. TCA 35% peeling done!

    Forums Scar treatments 52 replies

    Keep your skin very well hydrated as your skin gets used to tretinoin. I would go as far as to say use an occlusive every night to prevent Trans Epidermal Water Loss. Occlusive = active ingredient petrolatum. And I know it's hard, but I wouldn't do anything to my skin for at least the first couple of months on tretinoin. It really does sort of "traumatize" the skin at first. It literally works by creating irritation at the beginning of the skin cell cycle, this also means it works deeply within the skin. I would not do anything to irritate the skin any further while your skin adjusts. This is taking it a bit far but I literally used nothing but tretinoin, moisturizer and sunscreen for the first two years I was on it. I'm not saying wait that long, it's just an example. Many, many people give up on tretinoin because of the redness, dryness, and irritation that occurs initially, which is the worst thing you can do, because tretinoin really does improve skin over time. This has been demonstrated over and over again over the last three decades, and not just with visual observation, but through skin biopsies measuring epidermal thickness, etc. Other than that I think your plan looks great! Funny you should mention glycolic acid because I'm trying to find a way to incorporate it into my routine as well. Please keep us updated on your tretinoin journey as well as any subsequent TCA peels or microneedling sessions. Which microneedling pen are you going to buy? Or do you already have one? The Derminator is the undisputed best at home microneedling device.
  7. TCA 35% peeling done!

    Forums Scar treatments 52 replies

    Hey Toni! I'm so glad you recovered. Your skin looks good. What is your plan for the future?
  8. Hey Chummy! Welcome to the forums. Thank you so much for your feedback!! :):) I really appreciate it. I honestly think a lot of my scars are scarred pores/enlarged pores too. Let me know if I can help you in any way.
  9. Hey guys. As you all know I have some icepick scars, but I think the majority of my scars are boxcars, and most of my scarring is superficial (I think.) I'm terrified of TCA CROSS, but am getting more and more comfortable with the idea of alternating TCA peels with microneedling (six weeks apart.) The only question is, will this approach make my icepick scars worse, since they will become wider as they get pulled up closer to the surface of the skin from the TCA? In other words, without TCA CROSS done initially to raise the scar bed, will TCA peels and microneedling make my icepick scars look worse? I have a good skincare routine so hopefully that will facilitate healing after the peels and microneedling; it consists of tretinoin, Vitamin C, copper peptides, Niacinamide and a few "non actives" (aloe, hyaluronic acid, and snail mucin.) I'm also planning on incorporating glycolic acid in some way since that is said to boost the benefits of tretinoin. Thanks everyone.
  10. Subcision/cross progress - before/after

    Forums Scar treatments 10 replies

    Are subcision and phenol cross done at the same time to the same scars?
  11. I wouldn't.
  12. My bad, I must have gotten the two confused!
  13. How to go on with downtime of treatments

    Forums Scar treatments 16 replies

    I would use concealer for the redness. It works wonders. I hardly leave the house without it (not for redness but for my undereye circles.) Additionally, look into products you can use after the procedure that calm inflammation. Ingredients like aloe, centella asiatica, green tea, allantoin, and colloidal oatmeal help a lot!
  14. I'm definitely incorporating glycolic into my routine now, like you said, if for no other reason than to improve the overall health/quality of my skin. The only thing I want to disagree on is that I'm not so sure these are recent scars, because there's hardly any discoloration in the Before shots, especially in Figures 1, 3 and 4. The erythema has subsided, which to me means these are probably not THAT recent. Now I just have to decide if I should do daily applications of low percentage glycolic (like in the study) or once a week or biweekly applications of high percentage glycolic. I found another paper that says biweekly applications of between 20% and 70% glycolic were better for improving acne scars than daily application of 15% glycolic. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11095203?log$=activity
  15. EGFs for scar revision

    Forums Scar treatments 2 replies

    Hey guys, I was wondering if anyone has used Epidermal Growth Factors/stem cell topicals combined with microneedling to treat acne scars?
  16. Actually I'm not finding a lot on glycolic in the FAQ, except for in the hyperpigmentation section.
  17. I still think these are very impressive results for "just" a chemical peel with tretinoin. Glycolic is not even a deep peel. It's very encouraging. If it helps even remotely with atrophic scarring, why isn't it recommended more? The other thing is they didn't even use a peel in this study. They used a 12% glycolic cream. That's crazy to me. But so encouraging.
  18. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4375771/ What do you guys think about this? We are always told that nothing topical will improve acne scars, so how is this possible?
  19. Hey, your before and after for the silicone microdroplet fillers is incredible, but what is the third picture? Is that current? My understanding is that phenol is ridiculous for downtime/healing. You will not look like yourself for months ... I've read up to 12 months for full recovery. In any case, welcome. There are so many helpful people here. PS I'm also 32. I kinda think it's now or never (now being in the next few years) for acne scar revision because our natural collagen production goes down so much as we head into our mid-late thirties, and all acne scar treatments count on that natural collagen production both to heal from the procedure and fill in acne scars. That stresses me out
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  21. Dazzed, I appreciate your honesty. You're totally right. I'm completely obsessed with my skin. I'm leaving it be for now. The only thing I might do is add adapalene (Differin) on the nights I don't use tretinoin (which I use 3x/week.) I posted a thread linking to a study with adapalene on acne scars and the results are impressive IMO. Although I doubt adapalene will do anything the highest concentration of tretinoin hasn't done in 3 years. Thank you for your response. Toni - this is exactly the type of thinking that at times makes me think "I want to give treatments a try," because you're right, with milder acne scars, revision feels less daunting/impossible. But I could never ever forgive myself if I ended up with permanent or semi permanent hyperpigmentation or textural issues, after everything I've been through in the last three years to clear up my acne/PIH. I came across some old pictures the other day from when I had moderate to severe cystic acne and could not believe the severity of it. I'll try to upload one later. I try to be grateful because I could still have cystic acne, or I could have much worse acne scars.
  22. Toni, I think your skin looks totally fine, and I don't think it's worse than mine at all, only difference is you have a few scars on your forehead and I don't. I used to hate when people said this but it truly does add character to your face, and you're a good looking guy and have youth on your side. But I totally understand the need to try and correct the scars. Also I didn't necessarily mean sensitive skin is problematic for scar revision. I use tretinoin 0.1% (highest concentration) with no problems other than dryness and occasional peeling. It's more like the body's ability to heal injury is compromised if one has acne scars. However, this is totally just my interpretation because people on this forum have told me that's not necessarily the case. Also, speaking of tretinoin, I can't recommend it enough. It's truly the absolute gold standard in anti-aging and resurfacing IMO. It doesn't do much for icepicks and boxcars scars, BUT it greatly improves the overall appearance and texture of the skin and evens the skin tone. I don't ever want to be without it. They will have to pry it out of my cold dead hands. Please keep us updated on your progress (especially on your experience with the 35% TCA.) ScarRight, thank you so much for your input, this is exactly the type of response I was looking for. Thanks so much! Your response validates my refusal/failure to try and correct my acne scars thus far. Candy, thank you so much, that means so much to me. I'm speechless.
  23. Mine are totally visible too, sound like they are worse than yours, but many people on this forum have told me they are mild. Are you starting out with TCA at 35%? That's crazy to me. I have this paranoia that my skin is not good at healing, so I can't bring myself to take the risk with peels and microneedling. It intuitively makes sense to me that if my skin was good at healing, I wouldn't have these scars, so the idea of injury/damaged induced repair doesn't make sense. I know there's research behind it, but that's just my opinion.
  24. Hello everyone, many of you have told me that my scars are "mild," but they bother me SOO much. I've been thinking about treatments for a while now but I'm so terrified of side effects like hyperpigmentation and texture damage. I'm such a "perfectionist" (lol) with my skin that I freak out if I get a little redness or a blemish on a day to day basis. This makes me think I could not bear the side effects of treatments like TCA, microneedling, etc. It would be one thing if I knew the redness/other problems would for sure 100% subside, but my understanding is that that is never a given (depending on your skin's natural healing abilities, etc.) So my question is, for mild acne scars, are treatments worth the risks? If you had mild acne scars, would you take the risk?
  25. Acne scar help

    Forums Scar treatments 38 replies

    Hello, I'm guessing you know this but I just want to reiterate you should not do a TCA peel at home at with anything remotely even close to 35%. Definitely not initially, anyway... I ordered my first TCA peel and it's 12.5%. I totally understand the money thing. Acne scars are so incredibly traumatizing and unfortunately one of the hardest things to correct.
  26. Hey! I would recommend a copper peptide serum to accelerate healing. I've been using the NIOD brand copper peptide product, it's called Copper Amino Isolate Serum and it contains 2% copper peptides. I recently had a random breakout and put the tiniest bit of this serum on it and it truly amazed me how fast my breakout healed. Copper peptides have long been demonstrated to facilitate skin healing. If this is an option for you I would look into it. Just keep in mind that too much CP's or too frequent application is counterproductive. The brand also does a 5% copper peptide serum which is formulated for use after procedures, which is basically what you have given yourself on your nose. Please keep us updated on your progress. Many people on this forum are interested in using TCA (100% or otherwise) to treat acne scarring.
  27. I don't think it looks bad. I know that's not your question but just my $0.02!

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