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  1. Hello, i had 2 fraxels and 1 co2 done on my face. I have used hydroquinone for a long time but it did not bring my complexion back to nirnal as it was supposed to. Since then I have been trying to get back my ‘normal’ complexion in more natural ways. I have added vitamins to my diet, also using aloe vera right from the plant. Anyone have experience in getting your complexion back to normal without a chemical peel? My face has been through a lot so I am really trying to do things naturally. Any advice is appreciated!!
  2. Hello all, i had 2 subcision treatments, one of them left me with a raised scar. I guess I was not a good candidate. I am now waiting to see a bew doctor who can hopefully help me make it go away. I had 2 fraxel treatments and 1 co2. I noticed that after my 3rd laser treatment, which was the co2 that was done at the same time with my second subcision, so as I stsarted healing my cheeks started losing collagen. Basically the skin is kind of flat and wrinkled, very noticable especially when I smile. As you can see I did not have the best of luck with these treatments. I wish I could go back to the way I was, icepick scars and nothing else. These new issues are much more noticable. Of course i contacted the doctor that treated me, of course he denies everything and tells mey cheeks looked like this before. I do not have it in me to fight it. Feeling depressed and not want to be around people. My face looks 15 years oldeer than my real age (which is 39) Does anyone have a personal experience similar to mine? I started taking collegen supplements in the hope of replacing the collagen i lost because of the co2 but i am not even sure it could make a difference? I am also taking vitamin c, l lysine, and a b complex. Is there a way the body can replace lost collagen in the cheeks or am i stuck like this? I have an appointment in september to see a cosmetic surgeon. i went to see a dermatologist (a new one) and he sent me to a plastic surgeon basically. it is awful i have to wait so long to have a consult. meanwhile my cheeks are atrophied and i also have that scar/lump i got after the subcision. if someone has some good advice, i’d appreciate it. Thanks for reading. Edited to add: i also have wicked hyperpigmentation since the lasers and instead of going to another agressive treatment i would rather treat it myself. Any suggestions? i started using really aloe leaves and just rub the juice directly on my skin. Anything else i can do other than an actual chemical peel?
  3. Hello I am 22 and got laser hair removal. I am a boy, but nevermind. I had a pretty thick beard and always wanted to get rid of it. I am not trans or planing to change my sex, so I am not on any hormones nor do I plan to do so. I got laser hair removal because I hate shaving. I noticed, once the hair was gone, that I had bumps on my neck, and that my skin is really thin and red. The pictures are not showing my neck right after the treatment, but a month after. I had 6-7 treatments of IPL and then laser combined. I first got like 4 times IPL and then 4 times Laser (Alexandrite) All the sessions were done 7-8 weeks apart. I am very fair (white as paper) and had dark coarse hair - black. I have psoriasis and keratosis pilaris (only on my upper arms) since forever. I put up some photos to show it. What could it be and how could I get rid of it? BTW I TALKED TO ME DERMATOLOGIST ABOUT IT; SHE JUST IGNORED ME; many did. They really dont take patients seriously ...
  4. So I had a big cyst and it left a hole that has been slooooowly healing. I'm about 5 or 6 weeks into healing now. There is still redness and even a little sensitivity at the center (it is closed)...the indentation is gradually rising, but I'm not sure if it's going to make it all the way (?). Staring "atrophy" right in the face. No pun intended... In the case it doesn't and I'm left with some sort of rolling indentation, I've been reading up on my options to treat. I've seen a number of posts making claim that new scars respond better, that early treatment will get better results, etc...Also, I've read here that it's not considered a scar for a year, or maybe 6 to 12 months etc...I'm looking for a little clarity, because there are a few terms being used ambiguously..."new", "old", "early". Can someone please define these terms? I do understand that different wounds will require different time frames to heal (various factors like the size of the wound) Therefore, what other criteria should you take into consideration when determining when is a good time to embark on various treatments? Also, anyone have any idea how long a wound may continue to raise and fill in? Anyone know any tricks for helping it? Thanks!
  5. Acne is such a cruel and underrated disease and I'll never understood why we never get sympathy but people with other diseases do. Besides that I've been alone since around 14 and i'm 22 now. Acne just wrecked my teen years and after two courses of Accutane its finally gone minus some redness. How am I suppose to salvage a social life at this point. I have major trust issues because everyone avoided me in school because of my face. No one at this age seems open to making new friends anyway.
  6. Hi, To make it easier for people who wish to skip ahead, I have divided this thread into two sections: (i) MY BACKGROUND (ii) ADVICE I NEED ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (i) MY BACKGROUND I was a long time lurker on this forum before I decided to join in 2018 as part of my new year's resolution to beat acne. I am a 21 year old South Asian male, who has had acne for the better most part of my life. Since 14 years old, I started breaking out and although I thought it was the worst thing ever back then, trying to hide it from my girlfriend and all, it really wasn't that bad compared to what has become several years later. When I turned 18 my acne just became full-fledged ewwy (for lack of a better word to describe it). I had tons of hyperpigmented marks from old acne, as well as existing spots from active acne, and it has pretty much been this way for me until I turned 20 and I said to myself, "$h!7 I can't go on like this much longer. I need to fcuking get rid of this acne and go out and enjoy my life like the rest of the kids!" I mean don't get me wrong, the reason I didn't try treating my acne when I was younger was because my elders and school teachers always used to tell me that my acne will go away by itself when I become an adult (which is, let's call a spade a spade here, just a myth they want us to believe to make us feel better) and of course, it never did. So then I decided to take matters into my own hands. Come 2018, at 20 years old, I started researching the internet to educate myself about acne, that's when I stumbled across you guys at acne.org, which was kind of like the first step for me in realising that I was not alone in what I am experiencing and what I feel, but all in all, my research left me even more confused about my acne because there were so many options, costs and side effects to consider and there was no one size fits all solution. So, I was like fcuk, what to do now? So, in January I decided that the first wise step would probably be to visit my GP and talk to him about my acne, so I did and in the course of that time (January until now), I have been trying to do everything under the sun to get rid of my acne, and now I am almost 100% cleared from all ACTIVE acne. I don't want to go over the specifics of what products or treatments I used in this thread because that's not what this thread is about, I just wanted to give y'all some quick background info about me as a person and an overview of my journey thus far, but I will be HAPPY and HONOURED to share the products I used and more in another thread if anyone is interested. Until then, what I will say to anyone out there who suffers from active acne and is seeking treatment or currently undergoing treatment, is never give up because believe me, there IS a treatment or 'lack of treatment' (because treatment is not always the answer) out there for you which will CURE your acne, you just haven't found it yet, but as long as you don't give up and become more cognisant of your body day by day, one day you will find out what truly works for you and as much as I hate to say that because I firmly believe the world would be much easier if one solution worked for all, unfortunately that's not the case for most things in life and acne just happens to be one of those things where something might work for one person but it might not work or even worsen the results for another person. So by trial and error, identify the foods, products, treatments or other bad habits that flare up your acne and eliminate them from your life completely. I hope that helps. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (ii) ADVICE I NEED As I mentioned, I am almost 100% clear from all ACTIVE acne, which from what I have read on the forum, is the first step of this two step process towards achieving clearer skin. Now what remains for me is hyperpigmentation and I believe some scarring (I can't really determine how bad my scarring is beneath all the red marks.) For the record, I have never been on accutane or antibiotics before, and the last time I used a benzoyl peroxide cream was 27 days ago, and I have not taken any acne medication since then. After observing my pictures, I want some advice on the following things: 1. How bad is my hyperpigmentation (be honest, I don't mind), and would you recommend me to take laser treatments for my hyperpigmentation or should I just let it heal up naturally (which takes a very long time for my South Asian skin)? Any experience, thoughts or recommendations on lasers would also be appreciated. 2. From what you can see, how bad does my scarring look and would you recommend me to take laser treatments for my scarring or is my scarring okay enough to go unnoticed by people in a social setting? i.e. Should I be concerned with my scarring or not, is it really that bad? 3. And lastly, are the laser treatments for scarring and hyperpigmentation different? Is it safe to combine the two treatment processes and do any derms/clinics (any country) offer both in one package at a reduced price? Thank you.
  7. I have Fitzpatrick Skin Type V and had Erbium YAG laser resurfacing done 15 years ago on my cheeks, which didn’t do much for my scars and my cheeks ended up a shade lighter than my forehead/cheeks/under eye area. I did a zillion fractional laser treatments with no improvement at all and most dermatologists are scared to treat me due to my skin color. I spent years slathering my face with hydroquinone and gave up as I saw no change in the skin color, I regret not getting my whole face done but then again it did nothing for my acne scars either, so was a waste of money, time and made things worse with the discoloration - I should just never have had it done. Additionally, I am sick of wearing makeup all the time to camouflage the scars and the discoloration. When I first had the laser resurfacing done and was using makeup up, it clogged up my pores and made me breakout. Luckily there are now better brands in my skin color and I haven’t had acne in over 10 years after taking out dairy and starch from my diet. I live in Europe and Dr Lim recommended I see Chu or Henningsen. He mentioned I might need subcision and/or filler with light fractional co2 or RF Needling. This seems alright. I am not sure what the sequence is? You get subcision/filler done, then wait 3 months and get laser done and then 3 more months for next round of subcision/laser? Or is it done in one go? And does he treat you at the first visit? I can’t stomach the idea of PRP and after reading posts on here on Dr Chu’s procedure, I felt queasy enough to never want to attempt it. I think I will go to Dr Henningsen as he seems to be able to do fillers and laser as well.
  8. I have a red/pink mark from a cystic pimple above my lip which resolved about 3 months ago. The color of the "scar", or PIE as I think it is, is about the same color as my lip. There is a small indented scar near where the center of the pimple used to be, but I'm most concerned about the redness surrounding that area, which is quite visible in some lighting, especially when I am smiling. I have been reading a ton online about PIE and options for treatment, and I'm expecting that this will improve over time. However I also wan to consider pulsed dye laser to resolve the redness. However my dermatologist says that the laser would be too risky near my lip as it could burn or change the color of my lip. This surprised me as I didn't think the laser could burn the skin at all. I'm going to get a second doctor's opinion anyway as my dermatologist kept referring to "pigment" in my skin although the redness is entirely blanchable, which makes me think it is the result of capillaries formed during the inflammation. Has anyone had experience using lasers for PIE on or near the lip? Or any other advice? Thanks!
  9. Hello! Its been a while since I posted on here so I wanted to post an update on my scaring. Today I went through my progression photos before starting any treatments, up until today where I have had a CO2 laser, 3 subcisions and several sessions of dermapen. Its always hard to get lighting the same each time, but I still think I have some good results. Looking at the first photo, on the right side the scars look very "sharp", I remember my plastic surgeon saying the laser would smooth the edges out. None of the photos have microswelling, as all photos are taken several months after treatments. Let me know what you think :).
  10. Hey everyone - decided to make a post as I'm currently healing from a laser procedure performed last Friday (27/04). I have severe (mainly) rolling and boxcar scars. I've tried erbium (twice), fraxel (4x) and CO2 core laser (1x), I've also had subcision and filler performed on my cheeks. Before all this, I was on accutane for a year. So if anyone has any questions, let me know! I'm going to post pictures right now as I'm healing and what I looked like before. I know people are a bit skeptical about lasers as am I, I must admit. The laser I was treated with is CO2 ULTRAPULSE. I'm from Auckland but was treated in Brisbane, Aus. The cost for one treatment was $1400 AUD by Dr. Lim. I went to the clinic on Friday, got numbed up, had injections, etc. The procedure itself was only about 10 minutes and the pain was about (7/10). Immediately after, I bled and continued to bleed the following 4-5 hours post-op. My face started to swell on the second day post-op. Now I'm about 3 days post-op and the swelling has gone down, but obviously I'm in no position to leave the house as I'm very very red and yuck looking. I'm not sure how many treatments I will need as obviously this is very touch and go. But the doctor did say I would see a lot of improvement this time around. The ULTRAPULSE from what I understand, is more aggressive. I will update if anyone is interested. Post op: Scars: Scars:
  11. Hi everyone! I have really bad acne scars I'm currently seeing a dermatologist right now and have my next laser treatment in APRIL/EARLY MAY (so really soon!) To date I've tried fraxel (to no avail), fully ablative laser resurfracing (erbium), fractional laser resurfacing (CO2 Core Laser) as well as filler/subcision. The reason for my post was 1) to answer any questions for those seeking scar treatments and 2) show people my scars. I've also added my gofundme page here if anyone would be kind enough to donate. Thanks everyone! Edit: Do not post a link for a GoFundMe Page for treatment - Mod's, this is not a advertising site
  12. I want fast results to remove hyperpigmentation. I have brown marks that are acne hyperpigmentation. I still have active acne but wanted to sort as much hyperpigmentation out as I can before roaccutane as I know you can’t use peels for a long time after roaccutane. Should I get a glycolic or salicylic peel? Or some sort of lasering? Where is the best place in the London area to get a chemical peel/laser done. Does it have to be done by my actual dermatologist or can I just visit a clinic? My dermatologist said they just want me to start roaccutane and didn’t really listen to me when I said I wanted a peel.
  13. I want fast results to remove hyperpigmentation. I have brown marks that are acne hyperpigmentation. I still have active acne but wanted to sort as much hyperpigmentation out as I can before roaccutane as I know you can’t use peels for a long time after roaccutane. Should I get a glycolic or salicylic peel? Or some sort of lasering? Where is the best place in the London area to get a chemical peel/laser done. Does it have to be done by my actual dermatologist or can I just visit a clinic? My dermatologist said they just want me to start roaccutane and didn’t really listen to me when I said I wanted a peel.
  14. I want fast results to remove hyperpigmentation. I have brown marks that are acne hyperpigmentation. I still have active acne but wanted to sort as much hyperpigmentation out as I can before roaccutane as I know you can’t use peels for a long time after roaccutane. Should I get a glycolic or salicylic peel? Or some sort of lasering? Where is the best place in the London area to get a chemical peel/laser done. Does it have to be done by my actual dermatologist or can I just visit a clinic? My dermatologist said they just want me to start roaccutane and didn’t really listen to me when I said I wanted a peel.
  15. I want fast results to remove hyperpigmentation. I have brown marks that are acne hyperpigmentation. I still have active acne but wanted to sort as much hyperpigmentation out as I can before roaccutane as I know you can’t use peels for a long time after roaccutane. Should I get a glycolic or salicylic peel? Or some sort of lasering? Where is the best place in the London area to get a chemical peel/laser done. Does it have to be done by my actual dermatologist or can I just visit a clinic? My dermatologist said they just want me to start roaccutane and didn’t really listen to me when I said I wanted a peel.
  16. I want fast results to remove hyperpigmentation. I have brown marks that are acne hyperpigmentation. I still have active acne but wanted to sort as much hyperpigmentation out as I can before roaccutane as I know you can’t use peels for a long time after roaccutane. Should I get a glycolic or salicylic peel? Or some sort of lasering? Where is the best place in the London area to get a chemical peel/laser done. Does it have to be done by my actual dermatologist or can I just visit a clinic? My dermatologist said they just want me to start roaccutane and didn’t really listen to me when I said I wanted a peel.
  17. hi, i am a new and i can see in this web site -> [link removed -- website name: yudypinzon] like one doctor speak about laser treatment; what is your experiencia in this theme (she is one doctor escialic in acne and laser medic)
  18. Hello to every one here. I am like many of you friends I have acne scars I tried many treatments I also get depressed I lose part of my self confidence and... I actually was lucky that I find doctors in my country that really know about the treatment of acne scars. but the problem is that this doctors are not in my city but I am lucky that they are in my country. So I have to travel to other city that I've never been there. actually I went there and had one treatment but I still have to go 2 times to get around perfect results. the biggest problems are 1 coming back to my own city after treatment with lots of redness and swolloing 2 find some excuse for taking of the job for 10 days (actually I use many excuses for my past treatments). Any friend have any idea actually I will post my pics at the end of the treatments for other friends here.
  19. The last couple of days I have come to the conclusion that I will be Forever Alone forever. I'm too late in the dating game and will never marry and barely have a social life all thanks to acne and some other personal issues I had when I was younger. Now I'm just trying to figure out how to accept this and be content while seeing happy clear skinned people everywhere. Some of us are just cursed.
  20. Hi guys how are you . i ve been suffring from acne scars for 5 years . i went to dermatologue and she suggested to me a 60% co2 laser . as you see in the pics i have a many types of scars . from 2 grade to 4 grade . so what do you think ??? will co2 give me a good results ??? is 60% laser strong enough ????
  21. My Story of failure

    Forums Scar treatments 49 replies

    Hey Guys, I found this forum today and I am relieved in a way I can speak to like minded people because my general friends/family do not understand what I go through on a day to day basis. In my teen years I suffered severe acne. Parents took me to a dermatologist, took accutane for the time needed. Yes it was a temporary fix. But what came afterwards was what has affected me for years and still to this day it kills me to see everyone around me with nice skin and I have been unlucky. Being a 20 year old with fat loss in cheeks is a very rare occurence. Some dermatologists said it was the accutane, others said its my "genes". Not ONE family member of mine has what I have. At 22 years of age I moved states to get better medical advice and start a pathway to treating my scars/fat loss/large pores. After going to apparently the best dermatologist in the area, I started undergoing a treatment plan which consisted of a few co2 laser sessions. With high hopes I did everything right, after 8 weeks there was very little improvement and no collagen reproduction whatsoever. Tried a second co2 after 12 weeks, same result. Very little improvement. As a matter of fact I believe I may have lost more fat. After a few weeks I got hyperpigmentation. Did a series of peels with same thing again, little improvement. Did another cycle of accutane, little improvement and horrible experience. Last year I decided to go to a different dermatologist. They tried to fill my face up with fillers and botox for the forehead and cheeks. Botox worked for a while. A month to be exact. Only 1ml each side was put into my cheeks. Little improvement but they definitely underestimated how much I needed to fill my face up. Now at 27 I have gone to another dermatologist yet again. I have started a new treatment of co2 laser but they have done a subcision treatment and a tca peel in certain areas. I am being hopeful with this new treatment but with my past experiences its playing with my mind. The day after co2 my face looked so full. if only that was a permanent look I am after other possible treatments that have been proven to work if this fails. I have spent easily over $15000 in just treatments alone only to see the same face in the mirror everyday without improvement. Some of the users here complain about a couple of scars here and there. I would kill to have what other complain about on here. I have attached pictures of my scars, this is 1 week post co2 (today)
  22. My derma just had me do YAG acne laser last week. She knows i'm on roaccutane 20mg everyday. I'm supposed to comeback tomorrow for chemical peel. But I've been reading and doctor has been saying it is bad. I dont know what to believe anymore. I'm doong everything i can to get this acne out because it is literally making me invalide. I cannot work with my acne. My line of job does not permit not perfect skin. I'm so sad. Acne laser cost a lot of money. If this will only damage me, I will be so broken. But at the same time, I really really need to get my skin healed because like i said, it is hindering my from job. Why did this happen to me . I thought i was finally over from this nightmare. I'm 23 now and I have cystic acne. It's horrible
  23. I have this potentially great idea that I have not tried yet. Burning the edges/borders of boxcar/rolling acne scars!! Has anyone tried doing this? I have moderate acne scars (mainly small to medium sized boxcar scars) and when I got my laser treatment done a few years ago, the plastic surgeon told me next time he can go in with the laser and selectively burn off the edges of the larger scars making the overall scar look smoother. This makes sense because your scars have lower floors and raised borders. So instead of just taking a layer off uniformly, if you burn off the edges you will end up with a smoother surface! But I don't want to spend the money for the treatment. So I found an alternative: mole remover pen! You've probably seen this on facebook where they use this pen over a mole and the mole wipes off clean and it's gone. I purchased one recently to use on my moles (~$8 from eBay) and it actually works really good for the purpose of mole removal! (Use 1st setting, can't imagine using anything stronger..) I'm going to be using the long small pointy needle on borders of my scars for more precision. I don't know how this is going to go but I'll give updates! Hope this works..!
  24. Hi guys, So I consulted a dermatologist regarding my acne scars and she recommended 3 sessions of Scarlet RF. When I told her I only heard about Infini RF, she told me that they are basically the same thing made by different brands. So my question is, is Scarlet RF as effective as Infini RF for pitted acne scars? She also told me that the treatments will be done by a beauty aesthetician, not by her. I am also worried about that. Does this machine require good technical skills to yield good results?