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  1. Acne scars and dating.

    Forums General acne discussion

    Hi, I'm new here so sorry if my formatting is bad. I'm 22 years old and for the first time after a 6 year relationship I am wanting to start dating again. However, i have deep acne scars on both sides of my face that don't show up in photos unless under bad light. I have had 3 microdermabrasions so far that have helped the smaller scars a little and have 3 microneedling sessions paid for, with my first being next week. I have a date in a couple of weeks who doesn't know I have acne scars. I don't want to bring it up just yet in case it gives a bad impression. Do our scars really look 100x worse to us than they do to others? I have been told my scars aren't that bad, however I want to die whenever I see them in bad light. Should we tell our dates about our imperfections before we meet? Sorry for the long post, but hope you guys can help me out a little.
  2. Hello, How are you all ? After beating acne the biggest enemy will be the scars ! The scars will not pain you but it will give you a bad feeling I had done many lasers treatments more than 10 with different types of lasers I tried dermaroller , and subcision which i had with more than 4 doctors over 4 years but nothing fixed anything and my face still have alot of deep acne scars which many of them are rolling type and some are boxscars I went to doctor chu which was recommended from doctor davin lim and he told me he will do many seassions from me which will be prp+ tca+ derma pen and subcision I searched for reviews for this doctor but all opinions and reviews I find is from 5 years ago and more So I made this post so anyone who have tried to treat his acne scars with this doctors post his review and tell us his opinion please because he is the most famous one on the UK for these treatments
  3. Hi all, Acne scar victim here. A SEVERELY scarred victim, id like to add. From both my temples to all across my cheeks and probably a new one on my forehead. I've had acne scars for a couple years now and I'm here to say that the biggest, and most often ONLY enemy is truly yourself. I've been roaming through the blogs here due to a recent flare up, and found that when it comes to posts about dealing with the psychological and emotional effects of acne scars, alot of people commenting seem to make the situation more depressing rather trying to help. Which I can understand, most users on this site come here when they are depressed, not so many would come on this site when they feel great. But I've been on both sides of the fence and I want to break this illusion about your scars: Nobody cares about them, And ALOT of people don't even notice them! The only person reminding yourself that you are scarred is yourself. You are most often the biggest and only enemy that you will face. Once I realized that, I tried to change that. I began to pretend I wasn't scarred anymore. I avoided the mirror a little bit and I would just allow myself to be me. And I pushed myself to socialize more. I pushed myself to go out and have fun. And from that, I began to reap the benefits. I enjoyed time with friends. I had wild experiences. I had romantic experiences. I will honestly some of my best life experiences occurred after I had received my heavy scars. I even found others who were scarred like me, or worse than me, that also were enjoying life and doing better than me. Don't get me wrong, none of it happened immediately. It took some time and adjustment, as all things do. And the scars still SUCK. They still get to me. But regardless I still pushed myself, and tried to live my life. And as I pushed myself, I realized that life is short and painful, and EVERYBODY is hurting one way or another. Our pain as acne scar victims is more visible, but that does not mean its better. If we were to simply leave the mirror and forget about the scars, we may actually enjoy ourselves. Not everyone has that luxury. Again, I understand this is a tough issue. Our face is one of the most important aspects about us. Having it scarred and abused and damaged is a legitimately terrible thing. I'm not saying it doesnt hurt or suck. I'm simply saying it is not the end. We have been through an emotional and physical war with our own bodies. We deserve to be happy. You deserve to be happy. And the only person who says you don't, is yourself. Stop listening to that person. Leave the mirror and do something that makes you feel good; wear your favorite outfit, buy a new outfit, listen to your favorite music, find some new music, go to a concert, go to the theaters and see a new movie, pick up a new hobby, pick up an old hobby, Make some new friends, hang out with some old friends, get drunk (responsibly), hit on someone (use protection if it goes well). Most of all, find a reason to smile. Who knows? You might actually catch yourself feeling happy. Wouldn't that be a mind-blowing concept?
  4. I'm new here, but i'm in desperate need of advice, and I just need to speak out about my experience suffering from acne. See, like alot of you, i suffered with severe cystic acne. I lived with it for a year, and i had to go on Accutane to get rid of it, however it seems that the deep scarring and redness that results from such severe cases has barely changed my situation. Although many of you have also suffered from severe acne, I feel that after reading some threads on how acne has affected people, i realise that there is one thing that these people do not suffer from (at least to the extent that I do) and that is how horribly other people treat me. Acne has impacted by social life dramatically. Ever since I had acne problems, everywhere I go people react to me with complete disgust and disrespect. I get dirty looks, and i get called disgusting and a freak all the time. Back in high school, when i first started suffering from acne, I was dubbed 'the disgusting kid' and I was continuously picked on, causing me to become severely depressed and suicidal. I had also lost all my friends and developed turbulent relationships with family members, all because of my skin. Having been so completely betrayed by everyone, i feel that even if I manage to get my skin as smooth and clear as it once was, I can never truly recover, as my ability to form normal relationships with people has been greatly and permanently stunted. Despite being treated like im not even human, what's odd is that I don't even have a single acne spot. I just have redness and ice pick scars + boxcar scars on my cheeks and temples. I tried to cover it with makeup for the first time (im a 19yo male) and that didn't even do anything; i still get the same reactions of disgust and contempt. I really just don't know what to do anymore. I don't understand what's so unique about my acne, and I don't know how to exactly fix the problem because i don't know what the real root of it is.
  5. Hey everyone, this post is gonna be a little bit shorter because I am gong to the dermatologist in 3 days so I will update everyone more after my visit with her. I will also be uploading a picture of my progress after being on 40mg for one month. So far I am so happy with the results and I can't wait to show you all how my skin is looking! This week I experienced a few nose bleeds but they were very light and short, lasted a total of maybe 45 seconds, I also have noticed that my arms are very dry and scaly... I think it might be eczema? My skin is still the same, and the awful breakout I experienced last week is finally cleared up. So far so good! Talk to you all in a few days.
  6. Not really sure what it is! I know for sure some of them are scars and some are jsut hyperpigmentation, but they’ve both lasted for around 6 months now. You can’t see in the photos(my phones camera is crappy), but my supposed scars are textured (it’s the photo of the left side of my face) they resemble ice pick scars but way smaller. I’m using deems e scar gel but if these scars and or hiperpigmentation cna the cured by this then hays jsut a waste of money and my wallet hurts. So please let me know if you think that purchase is worth whatever I have and if it will be effective you think?
  7. This is my final phase when I can not go any further. I decided to write how the fucking scars destroyed my whole life and I don't know how to fix it. I have a perfect boyfriend, he really loves me and I told him about my thoughts - he is my last shining star in this world but I can't bother him every day with this stuff. I do not know how to sum it up in the beginning, I've had my health under puberty. Diets, obesity, anorexia - all these impact me. Until then, I had the smoothest most delicate skin. I didn't have to wash my face for three days, going under the tents for a week without makeup - I had hardly ever used face-cream. Then came university and my acne rolled across my face. Three years of pain, crying, ugliness and hiding my face under my hair have affected me in mentally a lot. Now acne is gone, but the scars left. All day my face burning. I've had red deep scars on my cheeks that still hurts, some brown spots and few pimples. My day starts by waking up and start thinking when I to wondering if I have a new scar or if my old scars have are larger or more redness. After the courage to look into the mirror (without turning the light on), I will decide whether I will be strong enough to do my hobbies or work or text my friends or If I rather kill myself and turn off my social apps, phone, and wish that everyone will forget me. I was wondering how life would be beautiful if I could enjoy all nights with my boyfriend, taken him to some cities in Europe and stay there for a weekend without calculating when and what of the cream or makeup I need. Enjoy events with friends (most of them I've lost already) or don't be afraid of going to the bathroom where the mirrors are, take my family to the sea or some beautiful trips, play tennis, go skiing, go swimming. I have hard work in sense of thinking, and I instead of paying attention I'm thinking about my reflection with the wholes on my cheeks and rednesses on the computer, phone, spoons... I have tried laser, acid fills, needle sticking, advice from youtube channels, I've tried all expensive cosmetics that exist and promise a miracle, I have 4 dermatologists and everyone saying me something else. All this process ruined my skin totally. Especially the peroxide that have helped me with cystic acne but caused my skin thinner and super sensitive forever. New blood test-result indicate that I have very low estrogen and MAYBE that information could help doctors and my “burning face” will go away but scars not - I know I used to be so beautiful, sexy, so good, helped everyone, ...I have changed - I am mean, angry and wish that everyone with perfect skin will die - I am a monster. I am so exhausted by the whole day thinking about my skin and creating embarrassing excuses so I don't have to go out. I live only for my sibling and the parents and I want to secure them in the future. But where I find the power to still continue all next days. I know what a silly problem - everyone has problems, someone doesn't have the leg, someone doesn't have a family - I know, shame on me but don't blame me. I've just needed to figure out how to get used to it - probably. Is there anyone who was fighting with similar and has some advice on how to continue and stay like a winner? Thanks little fighter
  8. hi guys, I am mid thirties brown man (Indian origin) having some serious back scars. I stupidly went for some hair removal process few months ago and i think that made it look worse. Because of such a bad back i can never take my top off when at beach with family/friends , thought of someone seeing all this make me feel scary and sad. Would appreciate if someone can suggest what options i have to get this fixed/improved. Also would appreciate if someone can tell me whats the technical word for what i have on my back, want to use it to research myself and see what else can i find. Thank you.
  9. My teen has mile acne on the face on chest. I am bringing him to dermatologist. Does accutane cause acne scarring? Should I keep my teen of this medication?
  10. Hello everyone, first ever post here. I’ve got these really bad scars from the series of cystic acne I had back when I was 9-13 yo. Some of these scars are from the dermatologist who made incisions to remove the cysts. Throughout the years I think they have become worse with aging and excess sebum. To prevent further damage, I’ve started trying dermarolling (0.75mm for starters) recently once every 4-6 weeks. I’m thinking about TCA cross for these scars, or is it a bad idea? Thanks a lot for your input!
  11. Hey guys - I was just wondering if anyone had tried fat grafting for the face and how good of a job did the stem cells do on the scarring? Further to that, if anyone has tried it who had chronic dry skin prior to treatment, did it also help the dryness and skin quality? Any information would be greatly appreciate as I am thinking of it as a treatment option for both the above.
  12. Hi! I had a tiny nevo ruby cauterized in December 2017. The dermatologist burned healthy skin around it, which left a white texture around and a line (like a circle) between the affected and non-affected skin. What bothers me the most is a more prominent line (which I drew over). What are possible treatments to make my skin more uniform and reduce the line? (Makeup won't cover this) I have Mexican skin, rosacea, some freckles, and believe I have a tendency for white keloid scars. Thank you for your help!!
  13. I’m desperate for smoother skin! My self esteem is gone.. I’ve fought cystic acne for over 20 years. I’ve done fraxel, microdermabrasion, used Tazorac for at least 4 years (Retna-A before that) & recently has some minor subcision and 2 syringes of filler added below the skin & directly into the deeper pock marks. I’m scheduled to have Microneedling done next month. The subcision & filler was done by a Rn that I’ve know forever & she is the only person ive found in the south east that has helped me. I’ve searched for a Dr that specalizes in acne scars in my region but haven’t found anyone. Will the Microneedling help? Any advice is welcome, I’m so self conscious.
  14. Here I am back again after 5 years of dormancy. Can you please let me know what I can do about these giant scars on my nose? These pictures are from 5 years ago. Now the scars are a lot deeper and wider. I'm moving deep into my mid-30's and my life is just slipping away like sand through my fingers. Not that I had any life to begin with, but that's another story. Laser is only for superficial scars. I've been thinking about TCA cross but I read on Realself that it only really works for narrow icepick scars and not for the "giant wide icepick scars" like mine. Davin Lim and another derm specifically stated that TCA makes non-narrow icepick scars worse. There was a person with three scars on his nose that had clearly gotten bigger. So I've narrowed down my options to subcision with filler. Looking into Novick. I'm based in Asia so a trip to USA or Israel will not be easy on my wallet, but if it's effective then I'm willing to spend the money. Is microneedling an option too? Any feedback or comment will be appreciated.
  15. Hello forum, 1st post here. I've had mild/severe acne about 10 years ago and haven't treated acne scars. My questions - what are my type(s) of scars?; Treatment options?; European doctors/clinics that people with my type(s) of acne scars and skin tone had positive results with (high sample sizes)
  16. My skin has finally cleared up and I’m left with horrible unsightly scaring all over my cheeks. I believe they’re mostly boxcar and ice pick, with only a few rolling. They are ruining my confidence, and I’m obsessed with researching acne scar revision, desperate for some hope. I live in South Florida, and can’t find any doctors that I would trust with my skin. If any one has any personal recommendations for doctors and types of treatment that would be successful for my skin, that would be greatly appreciated. I’m attaching some pics, I’m wearing makeup in first 4 of them and no makeup in last 3. (I actually am breaking out a little which you can see in last photos but my biggest concern is the scars).
  17. Hi! I am on Accutane. I have one month left to finish. It's the second time I do it, but the other one I did it on time, not like this. This time I had a lot of acne and scars. The problem is that they are in an area that when I smile, they create wrinkles and I hate it. I would like to know to what extent they can disappear with treatment. My dermatologist has recommended me to stay for a year with glycolic acid and then think about laser or hyaluronic acid fillers. What do you recommend? thank you very much (photos with different lights)
  18. Day 10 First 5 days: Hey everyone so today is day 10 of being on 40mg everyday. The first 5 days I didn't notice any significant changes, however I did get a cluster of 4 big whiteheads around my chin/jawline. I was unsure if this was because of the Accutane or because I was about to start my period in a few days? I am going to assume the acne was a result of both the Accutane and my hormones because I usually never get such bad acne on my jawline. Day 6-10: On day 6 is when I started to notice the Accutane was working, I woke up with my lips feeling very uncomfortable. They did not feel dry, they felt more dehydrated (In my first post I talk about how I have very dry lips to begin with so I was concerned about that).I went out to buy some Aquaphor and that helped me so much! Now remember how I had the cluster of pimples on my jawline near my chin, well on day 7 I woke up with them completely dried over (almost like a scab) and my skin in that area looked like it was wanting to fall right off. I gave it a few hours before deciding to steam and exfoliate that area, right after I did that all the dried up pimples that I had were gone and the hyper-pigmentation in that area was very very light,it was like My sin had been healing that area for a month or two(usually right after I have a breakout that bad I get very bright dark red marks that do not fade for 1- 3 months.) Now for days 8-10 I have had extremely dehydrated lips, I have to apply the Aquaphor once every hour or more, I am going to have to start exfoliating my lips once a day because my skin is flaking off so easily. It doesn't hurt its more just a very uncomfortable feeling. One positive thing is that My hair isn't oily at all, Its been three days since I have washed it and it still looks fresh!!! I woke up with two very small whiteheads on my cheeks and a big pimple right below my lip, its not bothering me that much because it is not visible it just hurts whenever I touch it. Anyway that is my update for now, I'll be back in 5 days to update you all on how everything is going! Oh yeah I forgot to mention something.My period came about 5 days late, I am on hormonal birth control and my period is very regular so I am guessing its a mixture of the HBC and 40mg that made it come late? If anyone else has had this problem while on Accutane let me know in the comments because this is kinda weird.
  19. Please help me. My skin is oily for the most part. How do I get rid of these bumps and prevent them from growing back??? Any help is appreciated
  20. Hello everyone, This summer I had a battle with acne and am now left with scarring. I no longer want to leave the house or look in the mirror. Every time I wash my face I end up in tears. Its time to tackle this. I have been using a mild cleanser, ziana(tentonin 0.025% and clyndamycin 1.2%), and marula oil. I also have started to use 10% lactic acid weekly to help with hyper pigmentation. I am having troubles identifying what types of scaring I have. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Also I am in Vancouver Canada. If anyone knows any specialist in the area please let me know. Thanks
  21. Hi everyone! I made an updated video on how I got rid of my scars with diet & needling. Some people had asked me to update I hope I help at least one person out there <3 I also posted a video with my before and afters on my channel if anyone wants to see my scars/skin before.
  22. I'm new to the site but there are some really cool, knowledgeable people here. I figured the first step to clearing my skin is to know what I'm dealing with. I don't have active acne anymore, just the scars, and I'm in my 20s now.
  23. Hello everyone, i got acne since i was like 18 and it all started when i went to the military for some reason..don't really know why but that's when the first pimples and blackheads, etc. started to pop out..anyways i'm 23 now and this is how my cheeks look as of today..Is there anything you can recommend to me doing ? Like is my only option to visit a dermatologist or can i fix this on my own? Thanks in advance !
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  25. Hi, I have a small deep pitted ice picked scarred pore. Will several procures of TCA Cross really help improve this scar or is this acne scar procedure just a scam? I'm an older person so I might need more procedures than younger people. If it works, can anyone recommend someone in the NJ or NYC area? Thank you for your help.