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  1. Take vitamin D and K to begin with, that will help rebalance your retinoids. Anxiety is probably one of the main causes, as Accutane completely messes up your stress and sex hormones, so right now your body probably feels a tonne of stress. People who take such a limited dose recover much better, and one of my friends took 80mg for 15 months and he is good now, though it knocked him around for a fair bit.

    One of the ironic things about accutane is it makes your body react poorly to stress, then creates a fuckton of it.

    My full recovery advise is:
    "Buy creatine, fish oil, coq10, zinc, multivitamins and a decent protein powder, take the recommended dosages for all of these, and try to meditate for 20 minutes a day"(if its early days take some k2 and vitD as well, that will get your retinoids in check post tane)

    Anyway, even if you are a random healthy male the things I've recommended would only improve your health, all would probs be available if you went to your local discount chemist 
  2. Spot Dermabrasion? Anyone?

    Forums Scar treatments 16 replies

    I really want to try a spot dermabrasion but I’m freaking myself out. Reviews on are so bad! And I’ve already had one failed procedure (punch excision), which makes me afraid to try again. What to do? I’ve pretty much done everything else (fractional lasers, microneedling, filler, subcision). It’s 4 scars, 2 on each cheek. Not very big, not super deep but still noticeable. They bug me a lot and kill my confidence!!! Ugh. Do I take the chance? I am considering Dr Falcone in Syracuse. Anyone have any experience with him? Thank you...❤️ this community.
  3. Break out after Dermabrasion

    Forums Scar treatments 1 reply

    I recently had Dermabrasion to my whole face initially to soften a scar from a bite but also to address some acne scarring. I'm 4 weeks post surgery and have just started having break outs - especially around my jaw line. Has this happened to anyone else?
  4. I drive myself insane every night wondering at normal people are doing. That means everyone with clear skin. They all get to go out and date and have fun and I have to be locked inside against my will because of how I look.
  5. Sorry, this might turn into a rant. I'm a 25 year old male with moderate to severe cystic acne. About three years ago I asked my doctor to put me on Accutane because minocycline, tetracycline, and doxycycline were only short term solutions for my acne. I also tried benzoyl peroxide, Biacna, and dapsone gel, which help, but not enough. My doctor told me that it could cause birth defects, which sounded like bull to me, because I heard it only occurs in women. Anyways, I wasn't worried if it was true because I'm gay(I didn't tell him, because he didn't seem like he was very open-minded). I told him this wasn't an issue and he said he did not want to risk it. Following this, I have had two dermabrasion treatments, so my new doctor can't put me on isotretinoin because I need to wait I think a year after the surgery to try it or I will scar. I'm just upset thinking about how I missed my chance to take accutane, because of a doctor who refused to give it to me. I have had very severe acne and was definitely in need of it. My brother and sister who are 10+ years older than I am had it, and their acne wasn't as bad as mine. I just really want hope that my skin will one day stop looking so terrible, and will be forever as smooth as when I first start a round of antibiotics.
  6. Scarring

    Forums Hyperpigmentation - red/dark marks 1 reply

    I'm 22 and have acne scarring. If you would please help me and suggest what treatments I would need. I also have a scar on both my mouth lines. Is there anyway I can make it normal again?
  7. Any one have positive results with dermabrasion? Please share dr info
  8. Hyperpigmentation

    Forums Hyperpigmentation - red/dark marks 3 replies

    HELLO EVERYONE I need you help asap I am getting close to my 6th month using hydroquinone before I have to take a break for a few months I have SEVERE HYPERPIGMENTATION I MEAN SEVERE since I was about 8 I am now 20 and just now using hydroquinone I hear about people saying how it only take hydroquinone a month to heal or 6 months and hydro has definatly helped me I notice a difference but I DEFINATLY HAVE ALOT MORE HYPERPIGMENTATION to go I wanted to know is it normal for it to several years treating hyperpigmentation issues when persistently sticking with your regime or if it doesn't heal in 6 months is it really not working idk im lost even though I see a lot of improvement should it take years please let me know and btw im using hydroquinone 4 percent
  9. Excision Update

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  10. Dermabrasion At Home

    Forums Scar treatments 23 replies

    Can dermabrasion be done at home by natural products. I have read few articles about rubbing Baking Soda + water on face can reduce scars. Is this possible? Any practical advice?
  11. Dermabrasion On Nose

    Forums Scar treatments 12 replies

    Right so. I have some ugly scars on my nose. I've been researching dermabrasion and since my scars are at most moderate I think it will probably give me great results. However, I've heard good and bad about dermabrading the nose. Some say the skin is too thin there, or that it heals differently. Others say it heals much better and is perfectly fine. Any thoughts? Also if anyone has been to the Orange County Cosmetic Surgery in Newport Beach, let me know if the doctor knows what he's doing! He recommends a fat transfer and then a dermabrasion on his site-what do you guys think?
  12. Dermabrasion + Recell + Co2

    Forums Scar treatments 26 replies

    Four days ago (11/20/2013) I had dermbarsion, co2 laser and recell performed by Dr. Maini in Nottingham. Today I got the bandages off. While I’m too red to make a final assessment, I am optimistic that I will have a good outcome from the procedure. The procedure was carried out under local anesthesia. I’m not a huge fan of needles, so getting the injections was not too pleasant. Then the doctor took the skin sample for the recell. He took the skin from behind my left ear. The C02 laser was performed next. He did one pass of the CO2RE laser using the “deep” setting. Which means he making small deep injuries into the dermis. The CO2 was performed over my whole face, neck, and forehead. Following that he dermabraded my creeks using a dermasander (basically looked like a fancy piece of sandpaper). Generally Avita (maker of recell) recommend being conservative with the dermabrasion and only going to pinpoint bleeding. I asked Dr. Maini to be more aggressive, based on the papers I had read of the effectiveness of dermabrasion. There was quite a bit of blood, but the dermabrasion was not painful. The most painful part of the operation was when he was lasering around the edges of the face where I wasn’t completely numb. I’ve uploaded a bunch of before pictures to my gallery. You can see I have fairly extensive scarring around my cheeks, jawline and temples. Dr Maini said that dermabrading the neck area is not recommended due to the risk of additional scarring. He did laser the area. I’ve also uploaded two pictures from today into my gallery. You can see that I am quite red at this point, but I’m also optimistic. The doctor thought that I am healing quite well.
  13. Thinking of giving dermabrasion a try as a first treatment for my acne scarring on the nose. I've heard other individual treatments are not too effective for the nose area and I'm a little frightened by lasers. Anyone have good results with dermabrasion for moderate scarring? Do you think a dermabrasion would benefit me? Also, does anyone know of a place that offers dermabrasion in California? Thanks! Types of Scars I Have: Four scars between the middle of my nose and the tip. One medium sized icepick, one broad shallow boxcar, and two moderate depth circular scars. Quite a few enlarged pores in that area as well. Background Information: I had inflammatory acne but it's now under control. I am a medium brown skin color.
  14. Scar Type. Recommend Treatment

    Forums Scar treatments 5 replies

    Hey guys, I am VERY self concious about my scars. I work in customer service, so i ALWAYS feel people are just looking at them. And it always makes me look down, and avoid at looking people in the eye. Its very disheartening to me. I had severe acne for 10 ish years. So I just wanted to know, what type of scars do you see? And what would you treatment do you think would be most beneficial? I went to a plastic surgereon and he recommended either Fillers, Excision, dermabrasion, or lasers. What do you guys think would help my scars the most? I hope there noticeable. If not I will try to get a better picture at my scars. Let me know. And yes I know my nose is blackhead central right now. Working on that
  15. I Just Had Mechanic Dermabrasion

    Forums Scar treatments 17 replies

    I have been a member here since 2009 and desperate for normal skin. I had subcision (2 times) , Sculptra (5 times), fractional CO2 laser(>10 times) not alone other useless procedures such as Cooltouch and Fraxel Restore, yet none of them can make a difference. Last month I made another attempt to mechanic dermabrasion (that is a procedure in which the practitioner remove the dermis with a diamond-head kit) My face bled and secreted for ten days and my face is still very red and sensitive. The plastic surgeon said I had to wait for 2 months so that my face should be able to return to a normal colour.However, as I can see, some of my scars are still noticeable. It is hoped that there is a slight improvement after this drastic procedure. that is something like this
  16. Dermabrasion/recell Consultation

    Forums Scar treatments 2 replies

    A few days ago I had a skype consultation with Dr. Maini from the Zenith Cosmetic Clinics in the UK (I live in the states). I wanted to share the information with community and get some feedback on some of the issues that came up. First a little background. I'm a 30 years old guy with a very fair complexion (type 1), I had some acne scarring from high school but a lot of it came in college. I have mostly boxcar/rolling scars with a few ice picks. Over the last year I've tried having subcision done as well as one treatment with a Mixto laser. I've also tried some home needling and a zillion topical creams. Overall I think I got some improvement from Mixto, but I have so many acne scars that I think even if the scars do fill in I will still have very bad texture. I'm still very self-conscious of side lighting, and there are certain mirrors are the house that will zap my confidence anytime I think I see improvement. I do have some before and after pictures from the mixto that I'm going to post in a different thread. Due to the texture issue I was drawn to dermabrasion. I've also read some positive accounts of recell treatment on this board and it sounds like it can speed up healing and hopefully help reduce the scarring. During the consultation Dr. Maini suggested the following treatment. First he would perform and deep fraction type CO2 laser to create some damage in the dermis. Then he would do light CO2 treatment over the whole face, including the neck area (which is too sensitive for dermabrasion). Then he would perform the dermabrasion, followed an application of the Recell. I would probably need to stay in Nottingham for about 2 weeks for healing. One issue I wanted to get the community’s opinion on was the dermabarsion. He said he can perform it with the diamond tip but that he prefers to a sort of sanding tool (dermascanding). He said that this creates an overall smoother surface and it yields better results. Another point that he brought up was the prospect of hypopigmentation. I’m at a lower risk of this because of my fair complexion. He said he had recently used a similar treatment plan on a few darker skinned patients. He advises them to start getting some direct sun exposure pretty quickly after the procedure to encourage the repigmentation. I thought that was interesting, because I was advised to avoid the sun like the plague after my Mixto treatment. I know there are some people who have posted horror stories of hypopigmentation and demarcation lines after dermabrasion. I’m interested to hear people’s opinions of the procedure. Overall it would be pretty expensive with travel, hotel, and the actual medical costs. I imagine I’ll end up spending close to 10K (ouch). The hope would be that my scars would be improved to the point that I won’t feel self-conscious about them and be socially limited.
  17. Immediately After Dermabrasion

    Forums Scar treatments 4 replies

    Hi folks, Yesterday I had a dermabrasion performed on a few marked-off pox marks. The doctor assured me that due to initial swelling the scars may look unchanged or even worse. Currently this is the case and I am a bit anxious as to the possibility of having the procedure done for nothing! Thats because I thought that Dermabrasion abrades the skin and one therefore has to see the results (the abrasion) immediately after the process? Am I wrong??? Im a naturally sceptical and pessimistic person, thats why I ask: Has anyone of you had Dermabrasion? Can you tell me when the first results became visible? Is it true that the scars can look unaltered first?? In the end I have to be patient but still some positive answers would relieve me!! Regards
  18. I have had acne since I was 12, and after decades of OTCs, expensive prescriptions, dermabrasions ( three to be exact), and a face lift, I can honestly tell you what may be the best possible solution to rid yourself of daily erruptions. I won't go into the long details of what hasn't worked, just to fast forward to what I have found that does!! The very BEST over the counter products I have, and still do use, are Old Grandpas sulphur soap, Bye Bye Blemish (sulpur based drying lotion, not really a lotion sold in a glass bottle, not the cream), and pure african black soap. The african black soap is not sold in regular stores, it is something I find online and has only organic ingredients, and the sulphur soap I use when I take a shower to wash my face after I use the african black soap. If you get the african black soap, don't leave in on your skin too long or it will really irritate it. You can feel it work, that's when you rinse it off. Wash with the grandpas soap, and leave that on for a bit, it does the drying of the oils. For those gals that are embarrased "being naked" with their skin, then use the bye bye blemish to cover up and also heal. This is a fantastic OTC, one of a kind that was only available by prescription when I was in my teens. The main ingredient is the sulphur. It is a natural and powerful ingredient that is even used to help heal many other skin conditions. What I found with the african black soap is that it may be somewhat irritating at first, doesn't cause new breakouts, but can slowing bring up to the skin and illiminate those that are underlying. After my 30's, I was beginning to get those hard, knobby pimples that would not come to the surface and would not go away. The african black soap made my skin newly thin and the "knobbies" worked themselves out. I no longer get those. And, I don't get those horrible quarter-sized cysts any longer either. I will note that some of the OTC products that I DON'T BUY AND NEVER USE ARE: multi-care toothpaste (use pepsodent or something without tarter control), gloopy white-based lotions or creams, red commercial dye (in foods or makeup), and splenda (switch to blue packet sweetner). All of those cause cystic acne for me, and since I've quit using them, my cystic acne is gone. While all of these products and not-to-use products may not be for everyone, I can say that after 20 years of trial and error, this is the best and only products I'll use.
  19. Back, Chest, Butt, Groin Acne

    Forums Back/Body/Neck acne 2 replies

    Hey guys, a couple quick questions: Chest: I had surge of terrible, disgustingly pus-filled acne in the center of my chest for about a month over the summer, and it scarred a lot. I very infrequently get new zits there, and the redness/scarring has faded from when it was active, but it's still pretty bad. Is this ever going to heal without dermabrasion/lasers/something very expensive? I take vitamin e and serrapeptase orally and apply this vitamin C+E+ferulic acid. Anything else I should be doing? Back: Also, I've had active acne on both shoulders for years (and scars at this point), but it's been clearing up somewhat lately. However, I'm just starting to get slightly different acne (I don't think there's any pus in them) in the middle of my back where I've never gotten it before. That central back area also started getting weirdly numb/itchy sometimes. Any idea on the cause of this vs the acne I've always had? Butt: Every once in a while I'll get these inflamed little painful butt bmps (never more than 1-2 at a time, they last a while though) that don't seem to have pus in them, but they hurt if I sit on them wrong. They're quite small and not a big deal at all but I figure I should mention it Groin: On both the far left and far right side of my scrotum/inner thigh (right on the cusp) there are 2-3 very painful (when touched/squeezed), large inflamed cysts. There was a little pus in at least one of them that I squeezed out like over a month ago, but now the outer skin seems to have healed but I can still feel them (to a lesser extent) underneath. I know for a fact that these are not STD-related. It may have something to do with the medications I'm taking, listed here: Specifically, I had symptoms of yeast/candida overgrowth after a round on antibiotics so I suppose it's possible that some of these are related to that. Any help is appreciated! I'll be glad to give you more info if you need it. Thank you! Any ideas are appreciated. Thanks!
  20. Is This Pih? Treatment Options?

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    HI! I posted this in the "introduce yourself" forum, but realized this section was probably more appropriate. I've had these marks for about a year and a half after a bad break out. I visited a dermatologist and that cleared up my acne but these red scars have persisted. So far, I've tried Apple Cider Vinegar but that only made things worse. I think I also made them worse by taking desperate advice from a friend and went tanning frequently last winter. Has anyone experienced marks like these? If so, what treatments worked for you? I've been thinking about doing a salicylic peel, laser or microdermabrasion treatments, or perhaps a trip back to the doctor. ANY help is appreciated. Thanks
  21. I had discussion with a cpl of doctors in the UK for ReCell combined with an invasive treatment. I am planning to travel to the UK in the coming months and shall decide accordingly. One suggested Dermabrasion and recell (Dr. Maini) , while the second fraxel, subcision and recell (Dr. Khan). Dr. Khan's view is since recell was intended for burn victims, the skin needs to be burnt off using laser, and his work can be seen in ernestoria's thread I should mention i have brown skin tone (indian) and my scars are almost like Ernesto's. A lot of texture issues along with bigger pores and wider ice picks have been documented by individuals who have gone through Dermabrasion alone. Will recell be able to negate all those complications. Also, which holds more promise on their own (i-e without recell) Dermabrasion or Fraxel Repair? I would like some intelligent feedback from the members regarding which option they think is better and why. Thanx.
  22. Hi! I've been following this site for awhile and I'm at the point where I need to jump in for some help. Are these spots consistent with post-inflammatory hyperigmentation? They formed after a bad breakout of acne about a year and a half ago and haven't faded at all. My dermatologist said it was acne, and while her suggested cleansing routine has controlled my acne breakouts, the spots show no sign of fading. Has anyone experienced spots like these? They're present on the other side of my face but are much lighter. I've been considering fade creams, laser or dermabrasion treatment, salicylic peels, or perhaps a trip back to the dermatologist. ANY hint of diagnosis or treatment suggestion is greatly appreciated.
  23. Hi, my name is Lyssa. Just wanted to introduce myself and let you guys know where I'm at on my journey to clear skin. I've started using the regimen on December 5th, 2012. So it's been approximately 2 months since I've started my journey to achieve clear skin. And let me just say that this regimen is a miracle worker! I've been pretty much acne free since my 4th week. Can't begin to tell you how relieved I am that I don't have to wake up and be scared to death of facing yet another horrible, stubborn breakout. Because let me tell you, before the regimen, I was breaking out every single day due to hormonal imbalance. And I know it was hormonal because I recently got off of my birth control pill about 6 months ago and ever since then my breakout was out of control. Everyday I would wake up and find 2-3 new breakouts. And the breakouts were not small, innocent little ones. They were incredibly huge, painful cystic acne that caused me such depression and anxiety each and everyday. The depression and anxiety from my breakouts were so bad, I began to pull away from my social life. And this was a big deal because I'm actually a very social person normally. I knew I had to do something and began my search on the web for solutions. Like everyone who went through what I'm going through, I literally tried everything from proactiv to microdermabrasion. Nothing worked until I happened upon the regimen from Daniel Kerns. I, like everyone else, was very skeptical about this regimen at first. But thought, what the heck do I have to lose? So here I am, 2 months after taking a chance at yet another "solution" and I can confidently say that this regimen is the real deal. Of course, I am not at the point that I would say I now have perfect skin, the kind of skin I always dream of having. My journey continues as I am still struggling with acne scars, dry, flaky skin from the bp and also oily skin. I've just started using AHA+ at night time, every other day, for about 2 weeks now but have not seen the results that I've been reading about. If you have any advice on any of the above problem areas that I have, please advise. Thanks in advance!!
  24. I've spent 800 to 1,200 dollars on antibiotics and prescription topicals which did nothing. I even hade micro dermabrasions and chemical peels. Last resort? Accutane. Doctor prescribed it, insurance denied it. $900 dollars a month for 6 months? I'm only 18 with a part time job. My face is my biggest insecurity. I'm seeing a psychiatrist because I also suffer from extreme social anxiety and mild depression with psychosis. I can't do this anymore. I am done. I've tried holistic, OTC, Prescription, and procedures. I'm stuck and now I can't do it anymore. I just want to pick at my face or just stay inside and quit everything. What do I do..