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  1. Progress pictures

    5 Months agoNow: I want to fade these red marks faster though. The side I sleep on is not healing as well.
  2. Hi, I'm currently 17 years old (almost 18) and recently I've suddenly been getting bad breakouts on my cheeks. Even though I've gotten acne for a while now it's never been this bad and my cheeks were always pretty clear. I have oily skin and I've been washing my face daily as well as using a prescription acne medication. Most of the marks on my skin are red scars and not actual pimples. How do fade these or get rid of them?
  3. Hi there id like somone to give me some iformation on my red marks. Iv had acne for 2-3 years my breakouts have calmed down and im left with this. Will it fade away if so in how long and is there anything to speed the proccess up? It has gotten better over the last 3 months. But id like it too heal abit quicker thanks people
  4. Hello, For some years, I have a lot of patchy scars, red, or purple that dont disappears (I never try any medication or cream...). Usually, I dont touch any pimple, and I let it go. I discovered some weeks ago a technic, and a tool against these scars, microneedling and the dermaroller. It looks like perfect for me, it's cheap, and seems efficient. And beyond scars, there are a lot of informations about its benefits on the skin. But before buying one, I would like to have some support on the kind of dermaroller should I buy, how many needles, with how many millimeters... Thanks.
  5. Spironolactone - My Journey

    Hi everyone! I'm a 18 year old female. I am about to start my second year of university and boy, where do I even begin with my acne journey lol. From what I could remember, I started getting acne at around sophomore year in high school. I do have to say it wasn't anything severe per se, just some pimples here & there. I call this "acne" because it became so traumatic for me that I couldn't stand looking at myself in the mirror. In fact, I completely avoided the mirrors in the bathroom in high school. That's how bad acne took over my life. I then discovered makeup and yes, foundation covered up the redness so it didn't look like I had acne, but deep down I knew that I didn't like my skin. Now, I do say that I'm a huge believer in skin-care. I never EVER slept with makeup on, so I know that it wasn't the makeup making my skin worse, but now that I think about it, maybe it was or I didn't clean my skin perfectly. I went to see my dermatologist and I was prescribed doxycycline (oral) and Epiduo (topical). From what I remember, I think my skin cleared up pretty well at that point so I stopped using both. I would occasionally use the topical here and there, but honestly, my skin was slowly becoming not my number one priority (yay!) because I was drained in AP work and stressed from school. But, once I stopped the oral medication, my acne came back. It, again, took a big toll on my self confidence. Even now, my skin is nowhere perfect (but SO much better than before), but I still am insecure about my skin. My mom told me not to go to the dermatologist again, so I basically was using just the Epiduo. My skin became relatively clear, but I was just left with a bit of hyper pigmentation here and there. Towards the end of my senior year, my mom went to a skincare clinic so I could do laser treatment for the dark spots but this is the BIGGEST MISTAKE OF MY LIFE. I believe I booked 10 sessions and it was different kinds of lasers. The first couple of treatments went fine, but I think towards the middle, my skin broke out like CRAZY. My skin is STILL recovering from it. I was left with scars and pimples EVERYWHERE. Like I said before, I've never had anything severe, so you could believe how devastated I was. To this day, I have no idea if it was a bad allergic reaction or anything, but my skin HATED whatever was happening. I came into the skin clinic so I could get rid of the pigmentation before I started college, but instead I was left with, I would honestly say, 80% more than what I had. I went to the head lady and told her, "Look, this isn't supposed to happen at all." And she eventually gave me more sessions but I honestly regret even those... Where do I start with my first year of college. I was embarrassed, I was confused, and I was angry. Why was this happening to me? The pigmentation was SO bad that I felt uncomfortable even going to the communal girls bathroom with no makeup on. Everyday, I went to class with makeup. On some days that I felt TERRIBLE about my skin, I just didn't go. That's how much acne had impacted my life. I called my Dad from school, and I told him that I NEEDED to go see my dermatologist again, because I could not live my life like this any longer. On March 29, 2017 I went back home to go see my dermatologist (I didn't like the ones at my school). I was put on spironolactone (50 mg) and tretinoin cream (started out at a low dosage, I think 0.25%). I kept a log of how my skin progressed from then until now. I am now on 100 mg of spironolactone and 1% of tretinoin cream. It would be easy for me to say, the journey was easy. It definitely wasn't lol. But right now, I would say that my skin is about 70% clear. I stay 70% because I have a bit of inflamed skin (and that's really bugging me lol) and hyperpigmentation. For breakouts, I haven't had one in a while (a first in a really long time!) I'm proud of where my skin is at, but of course, I'm wanting my skin to be perfect haha. I have attached a log of my skin journey up until a recent date. If you have any questions, please let me know! I could tell you my current skin care regimen too if you are interested. I'm definitely still working on the redness and hyperpigmentation (my biggest issue!) but I'm proud of how far I have come I'm still insecure about my skin so please be nice lol. The first two pictures are from Nov. 11, 2016 and the most recent two pictures are from Aug. 11, 2017. *I have also added Rosehip Seed Oil & Gyloclic Acid into my skin care regimen and those have both helped tremendously*
  6. Hi! Do you recommend this regimen even if I don't have severe acne, just some occasional breakouts? I'm mainly struggling with hyperpigmentation, but I really would like to completely clear out my skin first. I'm scared it will dry out my skin and do more harm than good though... perhaps I can use it only in the evening paying a lot of attention to the dosage. Please help me if you can, an answer would mean a lot to me! Thank you in advance xx
  7. I thought acne made me depressed... but damn at least when the benzoyl peroxide kicks in after 3 months (that's how long it takes me) I would have flawless skin!!! Pregnancy and breastfeeding ruined my skin>:( I never scarred as a teenager. Even if I popped a pimple, I usually never picked. Ugh I just feel like I have so many plans , specially romantically but I doubt any guy would feel turned on by acne marks . Ugh...... it's not even the red marks that piss off nearly as much as the small indentations and the new asymmetrical smile line I've been given thanks to acne marks. That started in April. I Have a photo gallery in my phone to track the progress. It's slow, I'm currently using Argan oil daily, vitamin c cleanser, BP, and a couple times a week I use Dans aha10% do ya'll think the Aha could help with small indented skin over time or should I just start derma rolling ?? I Have a 1.0 mm roller
  8. Progress pictures

    5 Months agoNow: I want to fade these red marks faster though. The side I sleep on is not healing as well.
  9. GUYS I NEED HELP PLEASE TELL ME WHAT HAPPENED TO MY FACE .. my face became redder on a certain area and it makes me look funny . it started when i placed a 10% salicylic acid on my face before going to school that i was using since last month ( and my face became better) ..i forgot to put sunscreen or any moisturizer then while on my way to school ... i noticed that an area in my face became more red which made me look like that ... many people are noticing it and i dont know how to treat it please tell me what to do w/o using expensive products or anything because i dont want to bother my parents
  10. I'm on day 3 of wearing no makeup all day, even going to Costco.. and the doctors office. It's a panic attack and a half for me to even think that I'll see someone who didn't know I had such bad red marks under all the makeup I used I put on them. IT always looks cakey and the benzo peroxide always made my face so dry that my make up would be crusting off anyway....... but i feel SO ugly:( i love how clear my skin is (no active acne) so the bright news is no new spots since I started letting my skin breathe by wearing no makeup. I think it takes time to let my skin go back to its natural state, hopefully my scars will start to fade soon but even thinking seeing some of my friends right now with this kind of face really just makes me nervous. Some encouragement please? I feel awful.
  11. I can't figure out from the pictures in the sticky thread whether my scars are ice pick or box car scars or rolling scars. I can't tell the difference between them. Also, I tried reading the stickied thread's links to other threads about microneedling, dermarolling, and peeling, but they were too advanced for me. What is microneedling, dermarolling, and peeling? How do they work and how are they different? How do I/what are the techniques to get rid of acne scars/stretch marks? How does needling/rolling/peeling get of acne scars/stretch marks? Does needling/rolling/peeling make you bleed, and is it dangerous? Would needling/rolling/peeling help me get rid of these scars? Should I use a combination? How frequently should I needle/roll/peel? How long does it take to get results? Will makeup help hide them? What kind of scars do I have? Are they shallow or deep? The ones on the side of my face have healed significantly. They used to be bright red. Thank you.
  12. THIS IS A REALLY LONG POST BUT I PROMISE IT'S WORTH THE READ Hey guys just wanted share how I once got rid of my acne for a period of time (because now I have acne again) So first off, I started clearing up the summer of 2014 (april - august - yes we had a 5 month summer in the Philippines) but I started breaking out again around October this year (probably because of college, sleepless nights, stress and finals) Anyway I'm a 17 year old who has mild acne. I didn't get cystic pimples back then but my face was covered with pustules, papules and comedones. My skin wasn't oily nor was it flaky but it just looked bad. What worked for me then was: Celeteque (dermoscience facial wash) hydration Belo Essentials Skin Hydrating Whitening Toner SOS (roll on topical treatment) Celeteque Facial Moisturizer Hydration I used these products consecutively for 5 months twice a day. By the third month, I wasn't growing any more pimples. And by the fifth month, my dark spots and scars were gone. It was amazing. Life felt amazing. But there are other factors that should be considered such as the sleep that I was getting, the diet and the sunlight. Since it was summer and there was no school, I was basically stress free and I slept almost the entirety of the day. I would walk my dog in the morning and I read somewhere that sunlight helps in the manufacturing of Vitamin D which in turn helps in regulating sebum excretion. And I ate healthy food because I was at home everyday with very little access to junk food and fast food. I just really wanted to put this regimen out in the open to help those who are desperate of getting rid of their acne. Although it should be noted that this regimen worked for me because I was diligent, had more than enough sleep, wasn't stressed at all and was eating healthy food. So if you're going to try this, might as well do some changes in your lifestyle because nothing worth having ever comes easy. It should also be noted that my skin started showing significant changes on the third month. Perfection takes time. Healing is a process and it doesn't happen overnight. Hell, it doesn't happen for at least a month. But it will happen. You will just have to be patient and persevering.
  13. HELP IDENTIFY THE SCAR PLEASE

    I've suffered from severe acne since I was 12, went on Lymecycline at 13 for 6-7 months and have been left with dark marks and these scars? (I'm 15) Lymecycline cleared my cystic and pauple acne but my skin doesn't look that much better. At first I thought my scars were enlarged pores so I tried pore strips etc. - they didn't work. I suspect they are ice pick scars but I genuinely don't know. Could someone please suggest what they are and possibly give me advice on how get rid of them. Thanks in advance x
  14. Last week, I noticed a red circular shaped spot on the side of my left breast which appeared to be a ringworm. I wasn't sure what it was but I just left it alone. However it wasn't long after that that I began to form red spots all over my stomach and some on my bikini line area. At first I thought I was just breaking out because I tend to get red spots on my body however considering the amount of them and the fact that it's accompanied by the red circular shaped spot on my boob, I think it is a ringworm or pityrosis rosea because they both look similar. I get slightly itchy sometimes but it's bearable. I have been around a lot of people since I got it but nobody seems to be infected with anything. I just started applying ketoconazole cream on it before I make an appointment with the dermatologist to get a proper diagnosis.
  15. Ugly Spot From Skin Picking !!

    About a month ago I developed a rather large red pimple on my nose. I attempted to treat it with hydrocortisone to calm the inflammation. After about 3 days, I attempted to pop the pimple before it was ready BIG MISTAKE #1. The next day I began to see a dark spot forming. It got worse until the point where I began to pick the skin BIG MISTAKE #2. I picked at it until most of the dark spot was gone, I applied triple antibiotic to it and went to sleep. When I woke up the dark spot had returned even bigger. Please help, because I've just started my new job and a dark spot on my nose is very noticeable.
  16. Hello everyone, I am a 15 year old girl and I have been feeling really upset about my acne scars all over my face. I've been crying in my room and whenever i pass by a mirror in my house, I immediately break down crying and feel hopeless. I don't feel like going to hang out with my friends or even go outside and all i want to do is stay in my room forever. On a good note, my acne is almost clearing up, I've been on Doxycycline and using retin-a for around 2 months and I believe it has definitely helped my acne go away. Although it is difficult to get rid of small pimples on my forehead... Once in a while I will get a pimple on my cheeks or chin but I can manage. The problem is that my face is covered in brown spots and scars from the acne and I don't know what to do because it is not fading or going away. I tried using ambi fade cream for oily skin and it irritated my face and left it extremely red and it felt burned. I made it worse and now I'm scared to try anything else. I'm afriad that my acne marks won't ever go away and I will never be able to have clear skin again. please help!
  17. Hi guys, So as you can see in the pictures below I suffer from red acne scarring (hyperpigmentation), these are from old spots/zits/cysts, that have occurred even without popping the pimples, I am currently using Bio-Oil on my cheeks because it's said to improve the appearance of scarring, I've been using the Bio-Oil for nearly 3 months, I have seen a slight change in the scars I think they have lightened a little, but I'm just wondering if this is the best product out there for this type of acne scarring, I would really like to hear other people's experiences and what worked for them. Thank you.
  18. I had Restylane skin booster injected around my cheeks for reducing pores and acne scars. Immediately after the treatment, I got some discolouration from bruising which stay there for 1 month and didn't improve also my pore and scars as well. So I decided to have later treatment, CO2 and Erbium yag for 2 sessions. Now I'm satisfied with my pores and scars but my discolouration is very prominent. I do not know what kind of conditions I have and how to get rid of it. As you can see in these pictures, the treated area is around 2 shade darker than untreated area. It is kind of redness also darkness which never improve for months! Even foundation couldn't hide it. It look like I have used too much bronzer. What should I do to get rid of it?
  19. What's going on with my face?!

    Hi, I used to have cystic acne but really smooth supple soft skin. Went on doxycyline for about 10months in 2012. Over the years I started to develop weird texture on my forehead with small spots. This has spread over to both my cheeks, in particularly the nasobial fold areas. My skin used to be very oily, it still can get oily during mid day. However, my skin lookss very dehydrated I also have sebum plugs too which I never used to have. I literally have small tiny spots all over my lower mouth area and can feel them but I can't pop them. My main area of focus are cheeks and forehead. As it looks very rashy and very dehydrated with weird skin texture Can someone please tell me what this is? It would be appreciated. I'm almost 33 and this is really depressing me.
  20. SO GUYS! I JUST WANNA SHARE MY ALOE VERA GEL EXPERIENCE. SO I HAD A REALLY BAD (it's bad for me!) RED MARKS ON MY FACE!!! And it's dry as hell. It's annoying really! So i tried to use aloevera. I applied a really thick aloevera on the spots where the red marks are on and look after 2 days!!!! It's all gone!!!! I apply it every time i want to. But make sure to apply at night. I am currently using Luxe organics aloe vera gel. Costs around $3.75!!!!! Hope i helped.
  21. I've been battling acne for five years now, and although it isn't as bad as it used to be, I am now left with alot of reddish scars on my cheeks. I want to get rid of them because I am truly fed up of having to see them everyday. What are the best over the counter products that deal with these? I hear vitamin c and e serums help but I don't know. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
  22. Hi all, So I am wondering if any of you can impart your wisdom as to how to get rid of a soft, red, raised bump left over from a pimple quicker... Background: So I have clear skin now and have done for around 9 months (*finally!*). In this time frame I have only had 1 large under the skin bumps; this one gracefully planted itself slap bang in the middle of my cheek 2 weeks ago right next to a icepick scar (so it looked super attractive) after using Paula's Choice 2% BHA the night before for the first time, but unlike any other papule I have ever gotten before it never developed a head and was there for 1.5 weeks before showing signs of going away. It's now two weeks later and the pimple is gone but it has left a slight soft, raised bump (that basically looks active still but is not at all). Please note I never touched it or even attempted to pop it, I left it 100% alone. Are there any products out there on the market you know to help it disappear any quicker than just leaving it to do it on its own? Thanks in advance! P.S. And let's just say I am never touching that BHA liquid ever again.
  23. The sun seems to have worked well at clearing up the acne on my face. Now I would like to try laying in the sun for just 10-15 minutes daily to clear up my currently active moderate to severe bacne. But I'm afraid that doing so will prolong the clearing up of my bacne scars (typically hyperpigmentation is exacerbated with sun exposure from all I've heard). I use non-comedogenic sunscreen on my face daily to prevent the prolonging of my facial acne scars but I don't want to lather up the huge surface area of my entire back in sunscreen daily (bacne is everywhere) for just 10-15 minutes of sun exposure. Can I get away with 10-15 minutes out in the sun without sunscreen on my back and not have my bacne scars hyperpigmentation prolonged?
  24. So my AHA came in and I did a test on the bottom of my jaw and I didn't have any bad reaction so I put it over the 5% benzoyl Peroxide that I have as a prescription from my doctor. I only used the AHA as a spot treatment and I only did it for two spots (the red Marks) for one night in case it made my face really really red I wouldn't want to have weird red spots all over my face but I used it on all my spots as a spot treatment last night and it is red in those areas but the texture is literally completely different from what the Benzoyl Peroxide usually makes it feel like all day. INCREDIBLE. I did what Dan said and put it over an Active pimple that was starting to come up and it didn't really do anything besides what the benzoyl peroxide usually does . so I don't know maybe It'll start working more when I use it more often. for those that have seen results with the glycolic acid when did the redness subside from it and when did the marks really start to fade ??? does the acid help w/ blackheads
  25. Hello, As you can see, my problem area is mid face, cheeks only. I tried dermapen, the doc told me I wouldn't have complications, I did. I had hyperpigmentation. A few months later, my scars seem to show more, maybe due to loss of facial fat. Another derm told me genesis cutera for texture problems as my scars are shallow to moderate. To me, they're pretty deep. He did an awful job with subcision, I see no difference in my scars. My question is, what would you recommend? PRP? Fillers? Laser? Please keep in mind that I get discoloration easily (like I did after a dermapen session, the brown spot is still there after a year). Thank you in advance!