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  1. Is anyone planning to visit Dr David Lim from the uk in the near or distant future ? And also does anyone have any advice for someone planning to do this. I’ve had enough of seeing over charging, under performing doctors here in the uk and want to finally be rid of my acne scars
  2. Hiya, I’ve posted on here a few times about my chin acne journey - which has made some progress I suppose, as it definitely isn’t as bad as it used to be. It cleared nice when I was on holiday last year in Greece (I thought it was due to the sun and the sea water, considering I live in England), but since then it seems to have gone quite downhill. I have exams now and I think maybe stress is why my chin has erupted in spots again. Don’t get me wrong I know it’s not terrible, but it’s enough to knock my self confidence, and honestly I’m so sick of it (I’ve had acne for over 3 years now). I have my college prom in July and I really want to look my best, so please please please if anyone knows anything that might help, let me know. I miss when I could go makeup free when I go out, I probably sound so over dramatic but at the end of the day, any form of acne whether it be severe or light, can still lower self esteem. Thank you so much!!!!!!!!
  3. 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.
  4. Does anyone know if IPL laser hair (not regular) helps fade already existing dark spots left from ingrown hairs??? Thank you.
  5. Hello All, My name is Natalia and I created this post strand to help you in your personal journey with over the counter acne meds and self esteem issues due to acne. I am fifteen and have struggled with painful hormonal breakouts and cystic acne mostly in areas where one would apply countour: in my cheeks, chin, and upper forehead and eyebrow areas. I struggled with self esteem issues due to my acne and would constantly cover it up with tons of foundation and concealer, while simultaneously comparing myself to models like the Hadid sisters, Chantel Jeffries, or any other seemingly flawless internet influencers. After doing a lot of soul searching, taking a short detox from social media, and being more methodical and mindful about my diet, I am beginning to both change the appearance of my skin, and my mindset. By remembering that God made me skin specially unique and that it is my inward appearance that really matters, I have found myself feeling less self conscious about my skin, but making better overall lifestyle alterations. I hope to help you improve the way you see your skin and I hope, like me, you can start to gain some confidence to the point that you don’t have to do a full coverage makeup every time you leave the house. There is nothing more beautiful than seeing a person being themselves. Imagine going through your day being unapologetically you. “There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty.” “Ladies, most of you have no idea how beautiful you are. Don’t let mean words from an insecure soul blind you from the truth of your beauty. You are beautiful by design… just the way you are.” -Steve Maraboli (These quotes have really been encouraging me through my acne treatment journey and have provided some encouragement when I feel embarrassed of the ugly scabs, scars, and white heads, that decorate my face) A lot of people don’t realize the impact that acne or hyper pigmentation has on someone, especially a young person growing up in a world where appearance is everything. I hope you know that you are not alone. Also, if you do not struggle with extreme acne problems, do not be quick to judge that person you know who struggles with a pizza looking face. This is NOT their fault. Despite many people’s attempts to tell their friends that they just need better hygenie or that they don’t wash their face enough, people with cystic acne simply cannot help the way their imperfections develop, as it is most likely a genetic predisposition. Instead of judging our friend or loved one, learn to help them in a kind and meaningful way. I was recently prescribed both benynzol peroxide (for the morning) and Retin A or tretenoin (nighttime) and will be keeping a public log of my progress on these medications, and my other skin care products & regimen (with pictures) to aid all of y’all, Xoxo, Natalia Edgar
  6. Hey y’all!! Just wanted to stop by real quicks & drop my two cents on what helped me w my specific skin/skin problems. i made an account on here for the sole purpose of writing this post in hopes that it could help somebody out :-) So anyway, first things first I am in no way shape or form an expert on skin problems or nothing like that I’m just posting what worked for me personally. Alright so a lil background, I’ve had clear, smooth, baby-soft skin up until I graduated highschool in 2014. Then BOOM outta nowhere my face started breaking out. At first it wasn’t too bad, but it gradually got worse as I started stressing out about it & constantly picking at my face & using facial cleansers/products w out really knowing what it was. So that went on for a bit until June 2017 & then I had some kinda reaction to a clay mask I used & I was RED AF w no signs of it easing up. I’m talking about a patch of red w a couple cysts & of course scars from the picking. I finally thought to myself it might be time to go more natural, so i tried the oil cleansing for a bit which kinda helped but not really. Then i tried that wack ass fake black African soap from Shea Moisture & that didnt do NOTHING. So I started reading up on Cocoa butter when i came across SHEA BUTTER. Omg when i tell y’all that that is the best product EVER i am not joking. At first i Would use day & night after cleansing my face w that Castille soap & saw a lil difference. Then one night I got too lazy to wash my face so I just applied the Shea butter & lemme tell you that was when I found enlightenment & saw w my own 2 eyes the miracle of this product. My face was not firetruck red the next day but a more toned down pink, like some type of blush or whatever. Anyway your girl was onto something so from then on alls i did was wash my face in the shower w WATER ONLY (I used my spin brush like 2x a week, water only) & used Shea butter day & night. Eventually I started using it only at night & my skin has not stopped stopped thanking me for those changes. My skin is SOFT, my skin is SMOOTH, my skin is CLEAR :’-) SO TO SHEA BUTTER ps i don’t get pimples now but if i do I slap some tea tree oil on that bish & I go back to glowing BEFORE AFTER Diff lighting IK but work w me alright, I cant make night into day & I just wanna post this up already! Any questions? I’m happy to answer
  7. Hello everyone. This is the first time I joined and the first time im posting this on this forum. I am 29 years old Asian female with severe acne scars. And sadly...these are actually significantly better then they used to be however it's still horrific. The camera doesn't even show the full extent of it because I have severe hyperpigmentation black red purple marks right on them as well...I've also developed wrinkles on top of this as the acne bacteria destroyed my collagen completely and ate it's way through...so the cells were not able to repair... I know there is nothing I can do as I have active acne still I am most likely going to have to go back on the second course of accutane ...and unfortunately this means I cannot do laser or even use a derma roller while on it to fix this fucking shit.I have had severe chronic acne since I was 13 years old and have tried literally everything. Unfortunately it is deeply genetics for me as members of my family have had severe cystic acne to the point where many of their faces are permanently disfigured from it...one of which is my uncle who has had a worse case then mine. Despite drinking several litres of water and even on a vegan diet and a strict skin care regimen acne never ever stopped. Now I'm left with these hideous soul destroying scars that I cannot get rid of no matter what I do... I've never seen anyone my age and an Asian female with scars like this in my life and it looks especially atrocious in dark and dim lighting. Due to this I've not even been able to look at people I subconsciously avoid their gaze and I turn away when I even have an admirer because I feel disgusting with this. No matter what someone else thinks I cannot figure out how to be satisfied with these scars. I've tried hypnosis and therapeutic coaching and watched and meditated with many sources and videos on how to rewire my brain and the closest I got was to get my deranged mind to lie to myself before reality crashes down. I know there are worse things out there but as a young woman where beauty is socially very important this has literally and quite catastrophically changed and rotted me from the inside out. I see people with horrible habits drinking smoking and drugs who have beautiful skin while I come home and cry when I see this in the reflection every day. I have no social life because my acne is so bad I literally cannot do the things most people do I have to come home to take care of my skin and it gets worse with bad diet. Left cheek is worse then the right but I have a deep large pitted gash one on the other side which wouldn't show here. Overall scarring like this is literally all over my face. Makeup does not cover this I've tried literally everything. Bio oil etc even the dermatologist told me that accutane won't get rid of these types of scars.What I don't understand is I've seen people with worse acne then me that have NO SCARS while I am left with severe scarring more then them...how and why is that possible? I heard Asian skin is more prone to scarring... Can anyone give me advice on what you did to get rid of these scars...or did you destroy a part of your soul to convince yourself to live with it and legitimately be happy ? To make it worse someone I legitimately loved rejected me due to the severity of the scars I literally can't even think straight and am in so much mental anguish from this ...I am a husk of a shell remaining just wondering and dreaming of a life where one day I can finally have beautiful skin.. I ask myself what I did to deserve this when I've always had a healthy lifestyle of excercise water and greens. I don't drink any alcohol and don't smoke...
  8. Hello everyone. This is the first time I joined and the first time im posting this on this forum. I am 29 years old Asian female with severe acne scars. And sadly...these are actually significantly better then they used to be however it's still horrific. The camera doesn't even show the full extent of it because I have severe hyperpigmentation black red purple marks right on them as well...I've also developed wrinkles on top of this as the acne bacteria destroyed my collagen completely and ate it's way through...so the cells were not able to repair... I know there is nothing I can do as I have active acne still I am most likely going to have to go back on the second course of accutane ...and unfortunately this means I cannot do laser or even use a derma roller while on it to fix this fucking shit. I have had severe chronic acne since I was 13 years old and have tried literally everything. Unfortunately it is deeply genetics for me as members of my family have had severe cystic acne to the point where many of their faces are permanently disfigured from it...one of which is my uncle who has had a worse case then mine. Despite drinking several litres of water and even on a vegan diet and a strict skin care regimen acne never ever stopped. Now I'm left with these hideous soul destroying scars that I cannot get rid of no matter what I do... I've never seen anyone my age and an Asian female with scars like this in my life and it looks especially atrocious in dark and dim lighting. Due to this I've not even been able to look at people I subconsciously avoid their gaze and I turn away when I even have an admirer because I feel disgusting with this. No matter what someone else thinks I cannot figure out how to be satisfied with these scars. I've tried hypnosis and therapeutic coaching and watched and meditated with many sources and videos on how to rewire my brain and the closest I got was to get my deranged mind to lie to myself before reality crashes down. I know there are worse things out there but as a young woman where beauty is socially very important this has literally and quite catastrophically changed and rotted me from the inside out. I see people with horrible habits drinking smoking and drugs who have beautiful skin while I come home and cry when I see this in the reflection every day. I have no social life because my acne is so bad I literally cannot do the things most people do I have to come home to take care of my skin and it gets worse with bad diet. Left cheek is worse then the right but I have a deep large pitted gash one on the other side which wouldn't show here. Overall scarring like this is literally all over my face. Makeup does not cover this I've tried literally everything. Bio oil etc even the dermatologist told me that accutane won't get rid of these types of scars. What I don't understand is I've seen people with worse acne then me that have NO SCARS while I am left with severe scarring more then them...how and why is that possible? I heard Asian skin is more prone to scarring... Can anyone give me advice on what you did to get rid of these scars...or did you destroy a part of your soul to convince yourself to live with it and legitimately be happy ? To make it worse someone I legitimately loved and cared for told me in their honest opinion that these scars are unfortunately horrendous and that he does not find it attractive...I don't blame him I couldn't either. My dating life is also destroyed.. I literally can't even think straight and am in so much mental anguish from this ...I am a husk of a shell remaining just wondering and dreaming of a life where one day I can finally have beautiful skin.. I ask myself what I did to deserve this when I've always had a healthy lifestyle of excercise water and greens. I don't drink any alcohol and don't smoke...
  9. I know, I know I'm screwed. I don't usually pop pimples but this one was just too annoying to bear. I was successful at getting rid of the white, hard "gunk" of the pimple. But then it resulted to this (the biggest red spot). Is this what you call a scab? It was swollen a while ago, but I placed a cold compress to de-swell it, and it worked (now flat). It no longer hurts and no longer burns since I applied aloe vera. But I'm very worried. Will it scar? Should I put Terramycin or something? What should I do? :( Please ignore the other red spots. Those are just acne marks.
  10. Hey! Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get rid of the hyperpigmentation and scarring that I have. The scarring isn’t that deep and looks to be small boxcars and a few rolling right on the surface of the skin. Help is needed! Thanks.
  11. Was wondering if these are hyperpigmentation marks like I know I have scarring but Lately these have gotten me depressed like I wish I can get rid of them I am trying palmers fading cream from redness I'm hopping it takes some what away
  12. Hi everyone, I’ve been on the acne.org regimen for just under a year now and it has helped me clear up my most of my pimples. However, recently I’ve noticed these red marks/spots on my cheeks and I don’t know what exactly they are. My only guess is that they’re possibly hyperpigmentation, so could somebody please confirm/elaborate what my current skin issue is and what can be done to cure it? Thanks, appreciate your time!
  13. So I have had Hyperpigmentation from acne for the last three years. I I would like to know the most effective way of getting rid of the Hyperpigmentation since it is black skin, which is more prone to PIH, and the (pitted?) acne scars which are more pronounced on the right side of my face. Thank you.
  14. Is there anything for my redness I have left from acne ???
  15. I have an AHA+ Glycolic acid 10% tube from acne.org and it expires in 10/2018. I opened the tube in December 2017 and I am still using it in April 2018. Does this tube need to be thrown away a certain amount of time after opening it like benzoyl peroxide(Duac) usually does due to it being ineffective after being opened for so long? Or does it not matter how long ago it was opened? Do I need to store the AHA glycolic acid in the fridge after opening like you do with Duac benzoyl peroxide?
  16. I have an AHA+ Glycolic acid 10% tube from acne.org and it expires in 10/2018. I opened the tube in December 2017 and I am still using it in April 2018. Does this tube need to be thrown away a certain amount of time after opening it like benzoyl peroxide(Duac) usually does due to it being ineffective after being opened for so long? Or does it not matter how long ago it was opened? Do I need to store the AHA glycolic acid in the fridge after opening like you do with Duac benzoyl peroxide?
  17. HELP MEEE!

    Forums General acne discussion 3 replies

    Hello, everyone. I’ve had this on my left cheek for a while now, and I don’t know what it is or how to get rid of it. Does anyone have any clues?
  18. I started having acne when I was 11 (I am now 17) and ever since it has been very severe. I have terrible scarring and redness. I went on accutane 2 years ago and I have pimples, but not terrible breakouts anymore. Although, my awful redness and scarring have not really started fading. My dermatologist keeps telling me that it will just take time, but 2 years is enough. In the pictures below, it doesn’t look near as bad as it does in person. I just wanted to give an idea.
  19. I have started using AHA glycolic acid 10% from acne.org for fading hyperpigmentation brown acne marks. I use this on top of my Duac once daily gel (Benzoyl peroxide 5%, Clindamycin 1%) so I apply the AHA after/on top of the Duac and I leave it overnight. To get the best results from the AHA glycolic acid is it best to use it without Duac underneath? Would I see faster results from glycolic acid for removing hyperpigmentation if I used AHA in the morning and having just AHA on my face alone and then putting just Duac on my face at night rather than using both at the same time and leaving it overnight? Or does it not matter?
  20. AHA glycolic acid

    Forums Acne.org products 1 reply

    I have started using AHA glycolic acid 10% from acne.org for fading hyperpigmentation brown acne marks. I use this on top of my Duac once daily gel (Benzoyl peroxide 5%, Clindamycin 1%) so I apply the AHA after/on top of the Duac and I leave it overnight. To get the best results from the AHA glycolic acid is it best to use it without Duac underneath? Would I see faster results from glycolic acid for removing hyperpigmentation if I used AHA in the morning and having just AHA on my face alone and then putting just Duac on my face at night rather than using both at the same time and leaving it overnight? Or does it not matter?
  21. AHA glycolic acid

    Forums The Acne.org Regimen 1 reply

    I have started using AHA glycolic acid 10% from acne.org for fading hyper pigmentation brown acne marks. I use this on top of my Duac once daily gel (Benzoyl peroxide 5%, Clindamycin 1%) so I apply the AHA after/on top of the Duac and I leave it overnight. To get the best results from the AHA glycolic acid is it best to use it without Duac underneath? Would I see faster results from glycolic acid for removing hyperpigmentation if I used AHA in the morning and having just AHA on my face alone and then putting just Duac on my face at night rather than using both at the same time and leaving it overnight? Or does it not matter?
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.