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  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Scarring

    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?
  5. Any one have positive results with dermabrasion? Please share dr info
  6. Hello, I posted on these boards before regarding my acne scar treatments. I was doing Lux 1540, but I will be heading back into school this fall and, thus, will have much less time for treatments, thus I wanted to try something faster. As such, I turned to the Mixto laser as done by Dr. David Rahimi in Beverly Hills, CA. He proposed a Mixto + minor subcision followed by a touch-up after healing. He warned that I would not get rid of all of my scars, that the scars would mostly return by the end of the first month but then get better by around the third or fourth month, at which point he'd do the touch-up. I am posting this as a blog for my progress and to answer any questions people may have about the procedure itself. By the way, Dr. Rahimi is probably the most honest doctor I have ever met. When I told him I was already undergoing Lux 1540 procedures, he encouraged me to actually keep going with those procedures at my older dermatologist. But, when I told him about my upcoming schedule, he understood and immediately gave me a bunch of options, out of which I chose Mixto. His process, as he explained to me, was a little different than others, because he uses a different head on the Mixto laser to "shave down the edges" of the ridges of the scars as well as the Mixto itself. He also did a subcision immediately after the procedure to raise some bound-down scars, which I think was very necessary on the left side of my face. Also, btw, when I say "harshest lighting I could find," I mean that, each time I took a picture, I went out of my way to find the worst lighting possible for my scars at that particular time with a light coming down from straight above. My bathroom has a single 120 watt pure-white light bulb, which is kind of like a weaker version of the side lights that dermatologists use to find acne scars. This does mean that the angles are possibly off with each picture, but this is the most objective way I can figure to do it, since there is no way the scars can actually look "worse" than they are with the angles I took them. April 27, 2012: Day before procedure. Had to take some sort of Doxycyclin the night before in order to prevent infections. I was also given two microdermabrasions each spread a week apart before this point in order to prep my face for the procedure. I took these pictures under the harshest lighting I could find. April 29, 2012: One day after post-op. Here is what it looks like with Aquaphor and crap slathered on. And yeah, it's a ghastly red, I know, haha. May 9, 2012: About five days after stopping applying Aquaphor, which means it's been 11 days since the procedure. I've mostly finished peeling. The scars look better, especially on the left side of my face, but they are still pretty evident in the right. It is difficult to wait for the full three or four months to see how these scars will develop. Some acne broke out, and I was given an oral antibiotic to treat it, but it hasn't worked too well (I've always been pretty resistant to antibiotics). Forutnately, the outbreaks are pretty minor, nothing even approaching the levels that caused the scarring in the first place. Again, harshest lighting I could find. The left side really is much better. I should add, it LOOKS like there is no redness, but there is. The automatic color-corrector on the camera kicked in for the second picture. The first picture is a better indication of the redness. May 28, 2012: Happy Memorial Day! It's been exactly a month to the day since I had my procedure done, here's how it looks so far: First my left, reflected in a mirror as always. yeeeeeeah, check out that grody acne. Seriously, though, not much has changed here. Here's the real interesting side, the right side (again, reflected in a mirror): This is the WORST angle I could find for my scars. I tried moving in and out, side to side, shifting my head, etc., this is the worst angle I could get. Now, it LOOKS like there has been a lot of improvement, and there has, but really, it's not as much as it looks compared to my older picture. My older picture was a little blurred, made the scars look worse than they actually were. What you can REALLY notice is the bridge of skin between my two scars clusters, that was not really there before. Exciting stuff. Anyway, in case you were wondering, this is has been my post-op treatment routine: Morning: Shower. Wash face with cold water and glycolic cleanser. Pat dry. Sunblock. Spot treat any acne with Acanya (2.5% benzoyl peroxide/1.2% clindamycin mix). Night: Wash face with cold water and glycolic cleanser. Pat dry. Acanya all over face. Kojic acid all over face. Neocutis Bio-Gel all over face (this is my moisturizer, essentially). Every week, I will forego all of my topicals in the night treatment for a treatment with Atralin (topical tretinoin .05%) So yeah. Steady as she goes, but there is definitely improvement. Also, the redness is much more noticeable in these pictures because I took off the color correction. Hope ya'll had a great long weekend. June 28, 2012 Pretty much exactly two months since I had the treatment. I took these photos last night, when my scars are at their worst after a long day: Left side (reflected in mirror): Right side (reflected in mirror): As you can see, left side still pretty much the same (I'm still wondering why the left side resolved so damn well) whereas there is still room for improvement on the right, but it's definitely getting a bit better. I also have a bit of active acne still ongoing, but it appears to be on its way out, as far as I can tell. There are some days where they look worse. For instance, on the left side of my face, a slight crater may show up at the end of the day, and on the right it'll look a bit messier, but overall this is generally how they look at their worst. I scheduled my touch-up for July 28. After consulting with Dr. Rahimi some more, I have confirmed that it is, indeed, basically another regular Mixto treatment (in fact, he said he would be going more aggressively on my right side than last time), except he'll be attacking only the scars and not the entire face. He also said any subsequent treatments, if I would want any, would be $500 each. However, considering that I'll be starting grad school, I don't think I'll have time for more treatments until at LEAST winter vacation, so yeah. August 11, 2012 Had my second procedure exactly two weeks ago. It was a TCA Peel + Mixto + Subcision, and it was free. Check it out. (pictures deletes to make room for new pictures) August 28, 2012 A month after my second Mixto:
  7. I'm just wondering why there are not many excision/punch excision reviews on this board ? I think it's a good way to treat acne scars unless you really have a lot of big ones. Because it's a fact that surgery scars are much better to treat than indented acne scars. They can be treated with steroid injections or botox very well. Also treatments like dermabrasion or lasers work much better on those type of scars. If you check google pic search you will find many impressive scar revisions. More improvement than in 95% of all before after acne scars pictures I've ever seen (not considering the obviously faked ones). What do you think ? Here are some examples: http://plasticsurgerybeforeandafter.blogsp...-and-after.html you will find many more if you also search for mole excision or skin cancer.
  8. Ok so im pretty sure i will go to Nottigham have this procedure done. Its been a long time coming. I guess i was one of the first "experiments" of the ablative co2 laser over 17 years ago. It left me with red patches all over my cheeks (erythema?) that lasted over 3 years. Admittedly it helped smooth out the acne scars. Update: i decided to have dermabrasion +recell by a doc in. Leeds instead
  9. Hello, This is my first post, but I've been reading here a lot, looking for a solution to my adult acne. I've had it since I was 19, but it's always been sort of moderate. I had a lot of stress about 10 months ago (I am 31 now) and my acne just exploded. I started getting deep cysts on my jaws, those are the worst because they change the shape of my face. Also my cheeks were just covered in big bumps and pimples and even my forehead started getting them. They just started showing up like mushrooms after rain, and really painful and deep, leaving deep scars, etc. you get the idea. I am a professional now so it really sucked going to work like this. No makeup can cover big woozy bumps. I tried getting regular facials, but things only got worse. I bought the Regimen products. I am very happy with the Cleanser, the moisturizer and the AHA cream. The benzol also seemed to help to heal bumps faster, but they were just so bad that they would pop and bleed as I was washing my face. I guess I was no longer "moderate" and didn't see results, too many new pimples all the time. I started antibiotics too. Again - I can't say whether that was working or not, because I was too desperate for results at this point to wait 6 months to see a difference. Then I accidentally came across a Cosmetic surgery clinic, offering Acleara treatment. It's a new machine, just released in 2010 I believe. One treatment was $150 - I am usually suspicious but I decided to try it. I just finished my 6th treatment (completed them within 2 and a half months, last one was free). I saw results even after the first treatment and the results were like magic. I know this sounds like advertising, but I really have no words to describe how happy and relieved I feel. After the third treatment I was completely clear. But not just clear - my skin is totally smooth when I touch it. Nothing gross underneath, no bumps. The blackheads and whiteheads are pretty much gone. It's amazing. In between treatments I was getting a pimple or two, but very small ones, nothing like before. Now they are just gone. The downtime is minimal. I started pretty severe and I was a little red for a couple of days. Now that my skin is clear, it only lasts an hour or two. I didn't get a lot of bruising, because they would adjust the strength to suit the sensitivity of my skin. There were some bruises at times from the suction, but that's only temporary and a small price to pay for the results. Besides, when there are no bumps, I could easily cover up with a little bit of powder or tinted moisturizer. I know it's expensive, but this is the best spent money in my life. I wish I never had to deal with acne, but that's how it is for some of us. Now I have scars and some red spots left over. I am expecting them to fade some more. I am also considering some peels and microdermabrasion to further improve my skin. Haven't tried it yet, so don't know if it will work. But I feel so relieved, my friends and family can't believe my results and I tell them it's a miracle. Anyways, hope I helped someone out there who is of working age and also struggling like this. Also, it is important that results are FAST! So if you are worrying about an event you want to look good for - it's worth trying. I just don't see how this treatment could fail, but I know there are different types of acne out there. Still, in my experience - if you do one procedure you will know if it has worked for you, Well, that's all for now. I hope the results will last. I am not planning any more Acleara for the next few months. I was told I may only need 2-3 times a year from now on if the acne persists. Will see. Good luck to all!
  10. Hello everybody!!! I am very upset with my acne scars.These days I am only looking for the best treatment and best surgeon for the same.But I am very confused as I haven't seen any Indian discussing on the same.I am little scared with the risks....will Fraxel Repair or any other treatment will work on Indian skin...though I have fair Indian skin. Treatment History- I had 1 dermabrasion sitting 5 years back . Then after dermabrasion new acne broke out caused new scars... After 2 years of Dermabrasion I had started getting Fraxel Restore sittings....with no results:(......I had 4 sittings at the interval of 3-4 months.Last was in Aug 2009.Now I am not on any medications for last 16 months. I have faced no side effects of any treatment. Does any one with Asian skin gets result with Sublative treatment?? I am attaching my recent Images..... Please advice me for the best treatment and best place to go for it...
  11. Internal Cure For ACNE

    First off I want to tell you that I am not trying to sell anyone anything. My GOAL is to share my experience with others for free in hopes that it will help them as well. You DON'T have to go out and spend a whole bunch of money to be ACNE free!! All you have to do is be DILIGENT and PATIENT with what I am about to share with you or else it will not work. I have lived with the problem of ACNE for 15 years. It has cycled from moderate to severe and everything in between. I am thirty years old and have spent probably tens of thousands of dollars trying to battle this common disease on things like: Creams, Toners, Oils Pimple popping, Not pimple popping Masks, Chemical Peels, Microdermabrasion Accutane, Night creams, Retinol Astringents, Antiseptics (Peroxide, Alcohol) Soaps, Scrubs, Topical Analgesics Sunblocks, Lotions Fasting, Diet Change Cortizone shots Extreme situations in the past: Applying toothpaste,nail polish remover, egg yolk on my face. I'm sure there are a lot of other things that I have tried in the past but theses are the MAIN ones that come to mind. I am convinced that Big Name pharmaceutical and Cosmetic companies know what causes ACNE and how to stop it but will NEVER share that information with the public because it is not within their best financial interest ($$$$). I understand that everyone has to make a buck but when millions of teens and adults are literally struggling with an ever growing epidemic to the point of sheer frustration and these companies are "Beating around the bush", that angers me!! The following is information that I have gained through trial and error. Ready? : IMPORTANT:: Out of all of the products I have tried, I have found a combination that I feel will work for ANYONE!! First off, understand that ACNE starts from the inside of the body, rarely the outside. When we get bumps that are red and slightly raised it's usually due to skin irritation from things like clothing or hats in contact with the skin, reaction to facial products, dirt, ect, etc...all external causes. But when we get ACNE such as raised bumps with "Whiteheads" or "Blackheads" this is caused by an "OVERLOAD" of toxins in the body. I'll prove it! Our bodies are designed to eliminate toxins several ways. Through our: Bowels (Urine,Feces) Kidneys Liver Storage in our Fat Lungs Skin!!!! (Especially when we sweat) Believe it or not we get rid of most of these TOXINS through our Lungs when we breath!! Unfortunately the body can only get rid of a select amount of toxins in a certain period of time. When it feels "overloaded" it chooses the last resort. Our SKIN!! With all of the preservatives, sweeteners, artificial everything, and so on in todays food, the body treats these as toxins and it is just too much to handle so the body chooses our largest organ which is our skin. Why predominately the face, I don't know. Well I'm thirty years old and decided it was time to rid myself of ACNE once and for all!! I decided to begin a new regimen by cleaning out the INSIDE of my body and not re-polluting it in anyway. First up, DIET CHANGE!! I know what many of you are saying" Yeah, yeah I've tried that!" Well I had tried it many times myself before but I was doing it wrong. You have to eat foods that are in their natural state or extremely close to it. That's right! No more SUGAR, WHEATS, FLOURS, BREADS, DAIRY, CAFFEINE, PASTAS, CRACKERS, CANDY, CAKE. When in doubt, don't eat it!! Yes it is hard but Yes it is possible. I had a MAJOR sweet tooth. I'm skinny but have been known to polished off whole cartons of ice cream and eat one whole half of cakes in just one day alone. Let's be honest folks. Sugar isn't even a necessary daily nutrient yet it is in almost EVERYTHING we put in our mouths. Stay away from it and you WILL see drastic changes!! Next up, INTERNAL BOWEL AND LIVER CLEANSING AND MAINTANANCE. This is an absolute MUST and goes hand and hand with the diet change. One will NOT work without the other so don't try it!! I have done this several times in the past but have found that I was not doing it correctly. Here are the products that work: 1) Super Colon Cleanse (Initial 10 day cleansing) 2) Fiber Supplement (3 times daily for maintenance, any brand will work) 3) Ultra Liver cleanse by Enzymatic (14 days) 4) Choose 1 day out of the week to fast (Hard at first but possible) 5) Drink Magnesium Citrate the day after the fast (Flush out built up toxins accumulated throughout the week) 6) Drink Flor Essence body Detox Tea (Finish the bottle) 7) Fish Oil pills with Vit D AND Omega 3 (Helps skin by Nature Made) Seems like a whole lot but if you are diligent and stick to this cheap and easy program it will become habit. FOLLOW ALL OF THESE STEPS!!! After you do that steps 1, 3, and 6 can be followed on a REGULAR BASIS!! Steps 2, 4, and 5 can be followed as you see fit. I would recommend every 2 months to follow up and thoroughly cleanse with steps 2, 4, and 5!! And Lastly, A good external cleansing program. This step, believe it or not, is NOT as important as the two mentioned above. For example: At the start of my day, I wash my face with Olay soap.Yes that's right, regular ol' moisturizing soap. No fancy, expensive cleansers here. Next, I take a washcloth and soak it with 91% Rubbing Alcohol and wipe down my head (I shave bald), neck, chest and FACE. Next I do the same with good ol' Hydrogen Peroxide. Next I do the same with Neutrogena Astringent (blue in color). Then to prevent dryness, I splash my face with water and rub my face down lightly with Oil of Olay Facial Lotion with UV protectant. Most of you are probably thinking "Well isn't that just washing off the alcohol, peroxide, and astringent ?". The purpose of these three is to cleanse the face and kill bacteria which they all do when you apply them. I only "Leave them on" when I know I'm staying indoors or when I apply them at night. The only thing different I do at night is instead of washing with soap I wash with Clean&Clear 3 in 1 exfoliating cleanser. It is a light exfoliant so it can be used daily and it has peroxide in it which makes it even better!! Then I rub down with the alcohol, peroxide, and astringent as mentioned before but this time I DON'T rinse it off. Leave it on! Then I apply Caladryl Clear Topical Analgesic Lotion because it is a lotion that actually has a drying effect and it is a skin protectant. Lastly I lightly coat my face with Derma P17 clay mask and leave it on to help with drying out the ACNE (Any clay, mud, peel, or whatever type of mask will work, you are just using it to help dry out the ACNE present). This will work for ANYONE!! It will be hard at first (What isn't!!). It will be CHEAP!! (Thank God!!). It will take time (But you will see drastic results!!!!!) You have had ACNE for a while so it won't go away completely overnight!! Be Patient and stick to the program!! Create habit! Oh and get ready because people who don't understand what you are going through will try and deter you from the regiment but just keep in mind that they don't understand. You are sick of ACNE and are willing to try something different to achieve results! Pay them no mind! Well may the Lord be with you in your endeavor. If you have any questions or comments, contact me. Below is a price guide to give you an idea of how cheap this really is: Super Colon Cleanse (RiteAid/Online): $20 Fiber supplement (Anywhere): $10 Ultra Liver Cleanse by Enzymatic (RiteAid/Online): $20 Fasting for 1 day out of the week: FREE! Magnesium Citrate (Anywhere): $3 Flor Essence Body Detox Tea (RiteAid/Online) $25 Fish Oil Pills with Vit D and Omega 3 (Anywhere): $25 Olay moisturizing soap (Anywhere/Any kind): $7 set of 6 Clean&Clear 3 in 1 exfoliating cleanser (Anywhere): $6 Caladryl Clear (Anywhere): $4 Hydrogen Peroxide (Anywhere): $1.50 91% Rubbing Alcohol (Anywhere): $1.75 Neutrogena Astringent (blue) (Anywhere): $5 Derma P17 10 minute oil control thermal clay mask (RiteAid/Online): $12 Oil of Olay facial lotion with UV protectant (Anywhere): $7 For those of you who shave, I wash my head and face with the exfoliant cleanser (warm water), wipe my face down with the alcohol, peroxide, and astringent to kill bacteria, coat my head with Vitamin E Oil thoroughly, and then apply a shaving Gel. This seems to fight off razor bumps quite well!!
  12. Hi everyone. Before I had my Fraxel Dual treatment, I read a lot of these blogs, a lot of them good and many not so good which got me really worried my upcoming treatment would turn out worse - It didn't. I would say about a 15% improvement as this is my very first laser treatment. Skin is smoother and the ice pick scars on my cheeks a little less severe but I will be having the Fraxel Repair next as recommended by my doctor rather than going through multiple Fraxel Dual treatments. I think it's important that you find yourself a good doctor, not one whos focus is "ROI". My treatment was done by one of my doctors trained technicians. The laser was quite painful (despite having some numbing cream on for about 45 mins before treatment) and its important to immediately put on ice packs onto your face on that first day for 10 minutes of every hour until you goto bed then try to sleep elevated. Next day, face was swollen but after 3-4 days, I could have gone back to work, no problem. But I have allowed 9 full days to recover. Luckily I can work from home and during this time, I stayed inside mostly and when outside stayed in the shade. As part of my treatment, I have to wear sunscreen for the next 3 months. Its also important to keep your face moisturised with a mild brand like Cetaphil which is what I used. Acne scarring has been the bane of my life, for most of my life but I tell you, I will never give up because you just cant. I had two dermabrasions when I was 18 and 19. Then later I had various punch excisions for the deeper scars, fat injections, 2 roll kit procedures also. This is a damn hard condition to cure and its a nightmare to be honest, but hope keeps me going. I wish a good treatment and result to all those reading these blogs and would be very happy to answer any questions you ask of me. I will let you know how the Fraxel Repair procedure goes for the deeper scars on my cheeks. Kind Regards DeeRak
  13. Pmd

    So 'The Regimen' has successfully cleared up all of my acne, however I still have dark scars and marks on my face that I'd like to get rid. I want to get a PMD (Personal Microdermabrasion) becuase I've heard many people say that it has worked wonders for them in terms of getting rid of acne scars, however I'm wondering if this will conflict with The Regimen. Has anybody ever used this before with The Regimen? If so, how did it work? At what point in your daily / nightly routine did you use the PMD? Thanks!
  14. Dermabrasion + Recell + Co2

    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.
  15. Hi, I'm really new here, but I thought I'd share some info to (hopefully) perk some spirits up! I've had acne scars for about 8 years or so. Most of them were rolling a few boxcar and a smattering of icepicks all over my cheeks. I was so depressed about 3 years ago I thought about ending it...and came pretty darn close. Here's all the procedures I've had in the past 6 years: Microdermabrasion (did nothing) Subcision (short lived results) Needling (had this done the same time as the subcisions) Co2 laser (hated it) Smoothbeam (did nothing) Fillers (Zplast, Radiance, it's all faded now) Punch Grafts (helped with boxcar, but rolling was not treated) Dermabrasion (full face, helped a little) Jessner's Peels (4 of them) More Punch Grafts (helped a little) And guess what? None of those treatments made much of a difference except for maybe the last 3....I still looked hideous in most lighting. Finally I got to that point again where I felt like ending it all and I decided to try the most scary thing of all. I thought I might as well...what did I have to lose? So, I had the scars surgically removed one by one (except the icepicks. I'm working on that) and 3 linear scars that are mild and the result of Co2 laser. The ones I had surgically removed were the boxcars and rolling ones. They were incised not excised. My whole face was full of tiny stitches....36 of them in all! I was really unhappy the first 3 months of healing. I thought I'd created a monster and I was freaked. But over time about 8 months I noticed that everthing was working out. Here was the KEY because so much skin was removed (in tiny parts), it made my skin tighter which I KNOW if you've ever pulled your skin tight you can see many of your scars flatten out and appear to disappear. It was an added bonus. I just wish I would've done it sooner. I had to get rid of all the little red marks from the stitches. So I started off with some light peels and then had another Jessner's. That was in January. Now, I am basically scar free except for the *&(#@$ icepicks and linears. My skin texture went from a rippley effect to a muuuch smoother one I think because of all the peels and the stitches pulling the skin tighter. I did TCA Cross twice in March and it didn't do much. I'm hoping I can find a doctor who can do it. But so far the ones I've consulted with always push for "full face" peels. My skin is by no means "perfect". After all these years and so many treatments I finally have HOPE and I'm not so insecure. I don't feel like hiding. I can actually look people in the eye which may not sound like much but to me that's huge progress. I'd say I have about 90-95% improvement because I only have about a dozen tiny icepicks left and the linear scars are very mild, the dermabrasion helped to soften them. Keep in mind it took me 8 long years of failed treatments to finally figure out what to do. I'm actually thankful I became so hopefully desperate or else I would have never had the nerve to have the scars surgically removed.
  16. Did anyone use the Neutrogena MicroDermabrasion home kit? I have extremly dry skin due to the benozol peroxide ive been using and alot red mark that are not fading:(
  17. I have very dry skin after all the Accutane I have done and a dermabrasion. When I am home I apply Eucerin lotion and reapply it as needed throughout the day. When at schol, however, my face is very tight and dry as I can't reapply the mask of Eucerin lotion. Currently, when I prepare my skin for a day at school, I apply a thin layer of emu oil, a thin layer of SPF45 on top of that, and then a white layer of Eucerin lotion. The emu oil allows the SPF45 and Eucerin to soak into my skin in 15-20 minutes and then I can gently wipe off the excess with a soft towel. However, within 30 minutes my face starts drying out again and within an hour it is tight and dry. I can't reapply the emu oil as it takes 15 min to set in and within 30 minutes my face will be dry again anyway. It's pretty hard to apply it when the changing period is 5 minutes long and classes are 1 hour and 45 minutes long. Also, I really want to get out of the house, but it's just too uncomfortable to do so for anything longer than an hour or so. Is there any way I can combat this dryness. It appears my sebum glands have been destroyed by Accutane and the dermabrasion. I am slowly gaining back sebum production, but it is coming very slowly and I'm getting another dermabrasion of my cheeks this summer. Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks in advance.
  18. I posted this same post in the introductions section. I just thought I would post it here as well. I am 28 and for several years suffered (and I mean suffered) with horrible cystic acne. I was told it was adult acne and no doctor took it seriously and tried different antibiotics,topicals, microdermabrasion, green light therapy, chemical peels. You name it, I've tried it....except for accutane...that's pretty much it! I finally persisted and found out I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. (It can cause acne among other problems.) After being on Spironolactone & Metformin for just three months my acne started disappearing. I went from have at least 5 new cysts a day to no new cysts. Its now 2 years later and I still continue taking the meds, but I have maybe all of 6 cystic pimples TOTAL since those first 3 months. I am left with horrible scarring and horrible pigmentation problems.(Oddly, I developed facial redness towards the end of my acne struggle, as well, and I still have it....doctors don't know if it is rosacea or malar rash of lupus....which i don't officially have a lupus diagnosis...doctors are suspecting it. Anywho...would love to know if anybody has had any success with treating overall facial redness. I wish the doctors or I could have figured out my Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome diagnosis when I first got acne. With Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, women tend to be overweight and have irregular periods. I was neither (I weigh 105 pounds)and I think that is why it was missed for so long. PCOS IS A MAJORLY UNDERDIAGNOSED SYNDROME. I have learned so much about acne and want to be able to help people. I don't know much info for the guys, but I know what blood tests you should have etc, if you are a girl. Spironolactone can help even if you don't have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)! If antibiotics and accutane haven't helped you, Spironolactone should be looked into. If anybody wants any info, please let me know! I truly want to help anyone I can....I've been sick for many years with horrible fatigue, hair loss, joint problems, etc. which don't seem to be related to my PCOS and may be possible Lupus ...all of which have been horrible, but I swear none of the compare to the pain of dealing with cystic acne and the face scars its left behind. You're not being vain, trust me. "non-acne" sufferers just don't understand. I should have posted my success years back, but oh well, now I just want to help as many people as I can...I don't want anyone to go through what I've gone through and am going through with my scars that I should have never had to deal with.
  19. Hi All! I really want to share my story with you guys and to get to know your opinion. The misery started when i was 12 years old. My adolescence phase of my life just started and during the age of 12, just some pimples came up like every boy around that age has. The difference was that my pimples were getting worser and worser during the months. I visited the general practitioner when I was 14 and he gave me (Ro)accutane and send me to the dermatologist. During the first four months, my acne was getting worser and worser. Finally, after six months, i finished my treatment and my acne was gone. It left some scarring on my cheeks but the acne was gone for years, untill last year. For the scarring, I had several dermabrasion treatments to improve my skintexture. Last year, my acne was coming back again so I visited the dermatologist again and insisted him i would like to take a second accutane treatment to get rid of my acne for ever. He wasn't really enthousiastic about my idea, but after i told him that i really suffer from the acne, he gave me accutane again. I took it for four months and it cleared up my skin again. Unfortunately, it left me with some new scars again. I've learned a lesson from this: Scars are developing DURING the accutane treatment, because your skin is getting very tin and the first outbreak or spots during the treatment will leave damage. Acne before you are on an accutane treatment won't leave a scar that fast. But what i hate the most is that my acne is getting back again. Not on my cheaks, but on my forehead. It really fears me because i don't have scars on my forehead yet and i really want to keep this because my cheeks are already beaten by acne. What should I do? Going back to the dermatologist and ask him for a new treatment? With the risk of new scars, because in the beginning the acne will get worse again. Or should I just wait and listen to my fathers advise? He tells me that those 'little' spots on my forehead will disappear when I get older. I'm really afraid that if I wait, the acne will get worser and worser and the impact that an accutane treatment will have on potential scars will be bigger too. Or is it really a matter of time and will it disappear over the years because i'm relatively young? Or should i visit a beautician for some acne/skin improvement treatments? BTW. I'm having a fractional laser treatment too for my cheeks right now. I'm willing to quit this if i have to take a new accutane treatment.. I would really appreciate it if you would read the whole story and maby you can give me some good advice. This shit is really having impact on my mood unfortunately.. Thanks in advance! Dutch91
  20. Dermabrasion On Nose

    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?
  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. I am in my early forties and have struggled with acne my whole adult life. I have been on antibiotics, had dermabrasion, retin-A creams, antibacterial creams AND two courses of Accutane already ... you name it, I've done it. Always the same: temporary relief that would last 8 months, 18 months, and then it would come back full force. A couple years ago my face was a real mess and I decided it was all of the antibiotics and "chemicals" that were prescribed that had screwed up my system. For two years I decided to combat my skin problems naturally, wholistically. I did a number of cleanses, spend hundreds of dollars on a naturopath, tried every possible supplement combination (zinc, Pantothenic acid, cod liver oil, etc. etc. basically, ALL of them), drank spearmint tea like crazy, etc. etc. etc. often I would find temporary relief and then guess what, it came back, it kept coming back. There is nothing more aggravating, frustrating and soul-crushing then having to wake up every morning, look in the mirror, and see what new horrors have formed on your face despite yourself. I am now on my third and I hope final course of Accutane. At this age, I honestly can't take much more of this. I am on 40 mg having worked my way up over the last month. 10, 20, now 40. I will be on 40 for a month and then I think he wants to double it to 80. For everyone posting about the dangers and horrors of Accutane on one's health, there comes a point in people's lives where you have to weigh horrors against each other. My derm has insisted that Accutane is safe despite what is being said out there. Maybe he's wrong. I don't know. I've taken it twice already so I figure any damage that can be done has been done already. And I'm in good health otherwise. One thing I should say is that with all the antibiotics and Accutane, I have developed sun sensitivity. I ALWAYS wear a mineral-based sunscreen, and I supplement with Pycnogenol and Astaxanthin to help internally ward off UVA/UVB damage as I have hyperpigmentation issues related to that as well. I will post later to update on my third and (hoping) final experience with Accutane. I would have preferred the natural, holistic route to solve the problem. But it has failed, miserably.
  23. Hi everyone. This is a first post like this of any kind for me... I am 35 years old and have been a skin picker ever since my early 20ies. I am not a face picker, but I do have a very bumpy skin with tiny acnelike bumps that bug me, which I would love to pick but usually don't because I am afraid people will see the scabs and scars. I am one of those pickers that picks in places that are easily accessible and hidden with clothing - I always pick my back, shoulders and chest raw, as well as scratching my scalp to get every piece of skin off my head. Thing is I am also an eater of my scabs and skin. The more I pick, the more scabs form, and the more scabs I pick and the more of them I eat. I am usually picking when I am bored and not doing much of anything, like watching TV, or on the other hand if I am stressed out about something. Lots of times I don't even realize I am doing it at all until I notice the blood underneath my nails. Or I will take off my t-shirt and I will have splotches and stains of blood on the back of the shirt that weren't there before I am absolutely desperate to stop this viscous cycle somehow. I have had some of my scabs get infected in the past and am now left with lovely red and brown scars all over my back, shoulders and chest. I would love to go for dermabrasion of my back especially to help minimize the scarring, but I think I cannot because I have way too many open sores from my scratching at this time. Is there anyone out there going through the same thing - especially the part where you want (or feel the need) to eat your own scabs. Anyone with some words of wisdom or help for my situation? Thanks.
  24. Hey guys, I'm currently on accutane (9 days in), I had originally got and appointment with a dermatoligist because of my scarring. I hadn't had any spots for a good few months so thought I'd see about what I could do for the scarring. Unfortunately, literally days before my appointment I broke out in big cysts again. Typical So I got put on accutane, which I'm very happy about. I know while your on accutane and for a good few months afterwards, you cannot have treatment for scarring, but I thought seeing as everyone has been so helpful and supportive on the accutane forum, that I would ask for some advice on this forum. I have 2 patches on my face where I have proper scarring from persistant cystic acne, not just red marks. One patch is worse than the other. I have sat and tried to distinguish which type of scarring I have, but the worst part is honestly all four types in one. At first it was just a rolling scar but it now has boxcar and icepick scarring to it, and a hypertrophic scar attached to it from a cyst that seemed to never completely go down. Quick horrible to look at in certain lighting because part is raised and part is sunken There is some discolouration to it aswel but thats the least of my worries because redness can be covered with make-up. The other patch, my better side I call it , has some ice pick and is a bit sunken. I wish I could take a photo to show you but I can't bring myself to see it in a photo. Anyway, basically what I'm looking for is some advice on the different types of scar treatment, reviews of scar treatments or just any advice that you think may be helpful. My doctor and derm suggested dermabrasion, but I have read a few reviews on the net that this has ripped peoples ice pick scars and made them worse. I liked the sound of laser treatment but my derm said that was a bit extreme. I just don't know! Sorry, I didn't mean to write so much! Thanks for reading and any help or suggestions is very much appreciated