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  1. **This is genuinely not sponsored or an ad- just a different type of treatment I never would have considered and am so glad I tried!** Earlier this year, completely desperate with my rough and scarred skin, I purchased a PMD device (personal microdermabrasion device). It is an exfoliation device and completely different to anything I have used before. I'm not even sure how I came across it. It was around £100 and a real risk but I had tried all creams and products and everything had just made my skin worse. With or without make-up- my skin was coarse, bumpy and dry. Over the last year I have really started to notice deep blackheads and blocked pores extend to all areas of my face: by my ears, my jawline, my nose.. The list goes on- but after one use of the PMD I noticed a difference, specifically on my cheeks and forehead. The device comes with a number of exfoliating discs, ranging from sensitive to coarse. I followed the instructions religiously- watching the DVD provided and reading up on all the guidance (I found on youtube lots of reviews from people who clearly didn't use the device properly so beware!) and I have never had any problems. Initially, it left some light pink marks on my face that lasted around 5 minutes, I followed up with a moisturising sheet mask and my skin would be left feeling a lot more smooth. I have worked my way up and now use a coarse disks weekly and my skin is never pink or marked anymore after using the device (I still follow up with a mask to soothe). I still get acne flare ups, I am a skin picker, but my make up goes on so smoothly often I could almost pass for being acne free and my acne scars and large pores are visibly reduced. I have also noticed my skin is not as oily- maybe something to do with my pores being less blocked? I obsess a lot less about what I put on my face and between using the PMD and not touching my skin with my own hands I am noticing a real improvement as the months go on. I really wish I had taken a before and after picture but people have told me that my skin looks healthier and I can 100% see it for myself. Obviously everyone's skin is different and my routine is not for everyone but for people who are noticing a real build up of bumps as a result of combination skin this could be a real game changer. This post is for anyone who finds almost all products block their pores, for people with skin that seems to get oilier with the use of ANY product and for skin pickers who are stuck in the 'I'll pick - my skin feels bumpy - I feel the bumps so I'll pick' cycle! I strongly suggest you do your own research but I have found a solution that is chemical free and works for me! Good Luck Everyone :)
  2. 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!
  3. Hi! I've been using the acne.org regimen for ~8 months and it completely cleared my face up. It made my facial skin very smooth, no texture whatsoever. However, red marks are left behind by old acne. How to get rid of hyped pigmentation spots? Has anyone tried chemical peels or microdermabrasion or LED treatments?
  4. Hello everyone. I don't think I have posted here before but here goes. So like a lot of people on here I didn't have 'acne' troubles until beginning of 2013. yeah I had a pimple here and there but anyone with proper acne would consider that a blessing! I didn't think much of it. it went. but came back really bad October 2013 really sore massive pimples all over my jawline in the 'hormonal' area. I got so upset about it I rationalised it to smoking cigarettes and I quit and the acne cleared up. I thought that was weird considering I had been smoking for 10 years by that point. What I later worked out though was it started after I had microdermabrasion which really messed my skin up first time in late 2012 (first acne experience) didn't do it for months until the October flare up. Oh, I also used salicylic acid and BP to help me get clear. Anyways, I started vaping 6 months on from that event and smoked again for 7 months, stopped again, vaped again etc. no acne. I then got a massive pimple in January 2017 like the ones I had before that sent me crazy! roll in the tea tree, TCP, BP, washes etc and blasted my whole skin. 3 months on just more pimples but only in the places that were dry where I over done the product. I also had been 'exfoliating' prior to the outbreak. also I used to get the odd pimple on my back and got product happy there too and dried that up and guess what...more acne. So...im trying something different. I'm using a face wipe to take of my make up, a light Australian body care tea tree wash, a lil BP on the jaw line, Clinique gel moisturizer and that's it. it doesn't feel tight or dry anymore and I'm on night 2 now. my is skin is oily type and I guess that's what it likes. for my back it a light squeeze of the foam tea tree body wash from the sponge down my back and rinse and then with some sudocream after as it really dry and needs a barrier. no exfoliating which is what I have been doing for months. I never needed all this crap before. My mum and brothers literally use water and no pimples ever and I don't think my dad used to wash full stop! washing hasn't worked so here I go. No exfoliating manually or chemically. Its the only thing I haven't tried! I will update with results. Also fruit and chocolate trigger pimples in me so none of that either. Any experiences from others along the same lines then please comment.
  5. I am hoping to get any answers from people who have personally had glycolic peels or microdermabrasion. I went to my dermatologist last week and he prescribed spiro and he suggested I get microdermabrasion and glycolic peels in their office because it is covered by my insurance. I have had another dermatologist recommend it but I was told I would have to get off trentinoin completely and I am not willing to do that. But my dermatologist told me last week that I would need to just not use the trentinoin for a few days. I have a few questions I was hoping anyone who has personally gotten either can answer. Did they make you break out after? I have read horror stories where people got microdermabrasion and it just made their acne much worse. I have read that they can make you break out more when you get them. Is the peeling really bad? How long was it until your face looked normal again? Was it beneficial at all for you? Thanks for any comments.
  6. i am 16 years old and i had mild cystic acne and just pimples in general from the age of 11-14. for the past year i haven't had any bad breakouts, just a few pimples here and there, but i am left several icepick and boxcar scars from my previous acne and i didn't even pick at my acne that much. a couple weeks ago i started using the neutrogena microdermabrasion system at home to help my indented scars. i feel like this machine is a good exfoliator. is this is a good idea? is my skin to young to use microdermabrasion? will it help my scars fill in or go away? i have lost all hope and i feel like they will never go away. thank you so much for your help and advice.
  7. I just had my 2nd Jessner peel last week and this time I didn't peel or really flake. I did notice that I shed a very fine layer (i was dry and "scaley" day 4). My esthetician told me that if I'd ever like something slightly more aggresive she could do a Vitalize peel or perform microderm immediately before a Jessner peel. I'm considering the microderm before the Jessner, but I'm not sure if that would be too much for my skin. I had microderm once about 2 years ago and my skin tolerated it fine, but my skin had very tiny bumps that came up for about a week after, nothing bad and it went away without leaving a trace. Do you guys think it might be better to try microderm maybe a week before the peel or same day? I don't mind spending the money if it's going to give me results. My skin is fairly clear, breakouts here and there. Mostly congested skin, minor red marks, large scarred pores and very shallow scarring and uneven texture (orange peel).
  8. I've had acne for years and years now. I tried all the usual stuff - BP, duac, lymecycline, adapalene, probably some other stuff that I can't even remember. I finally got started on roaccutane of which I'm now on my third month. I am getting less severe breakouts but I'm starting to see these little scars. I'm not sure if they are ice picks or enlarged pores and I know you shouldn't mess with scar treatments whilst on roaccutane, but I was wondering if I could do something about them once I'd come off. Also I have a really bad habit of over-exfoliating when my skin starts to get a bit rough and peely. Could that be causing the enlarged pores?! Sorry the pics aren't great and the lighting is a bit rubbish. It sort of looks like hyperpigmentation at first glance, but there are dented scars below the redness. Can anything be done? Thanks in advance! EDIT: Sorry I can't get any clearer pictures. The scars aren't that deeply indented tbh, and they're hidden by all the redness! I know it could be a lot worse but I was wondering which treatments, if any, would be suitable for small ice picks...
  9. finally acne scar treatment started

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    FIRST DAY OF TREATMENT - - SUBCISION so i finally started my acne scar treatment .. today i had subcision ..it was really painful . . not all my scars look raised or swollen as the lightning was good so may be my doctor was not able to see all the scars .... there was popping sound and lot of blood and pain ...... after two weeks i will have my first microdermabrasion and then two weeks after that first RF microneedling + subcision (as doc said if required as maybe she also saw some scars she left ) ,, but its not her fault as all my scars are not seperate they are linked and many scar within scar .. let us see how much (if any) improvement i will have ... but what was weird that after 45 minutes of anesthetic cream it took like 3-5 minutes max maybe as i am still thinking it just took 2 -3 minutes for her to perform the procedure and after that she wiped the blood put sunscreen and i left ... well if the outcome is good then i dont have any issues ... but can anyone tell is it the same how subcision is done .. and why do they charge so much they just use one needle thats it .. **will post the pics if there is any improvement after having atleast one mdb and one rf treatment ... as there is no use of posting and commenting like there is 5% or 20% improvement ... as all matters is if i am satisfied with the improvement or not any %age what doctor or people say doesnt matter as it is like impossible to say how much % improvement one has .. every time i visit any doc they say expect 50-60% improvement after all the lasers and needling and subcision combined .. and even for the not very deep scars .. so ... again if i think there is an improvement i'll let u know thanks and feel free to ask and answer some of the question i asked ... will be very helpful as we can only help each other ... as other scarless people are busy partying getting drunk and laid and saying to us dont worry u look fine and i will end up asking then y did my girl now wants to remain just friends ** and i am still on 4th month of my low dose isotretionin .. the problem is i started my isotret after all my cryst already formed into scars ... so my bad i could have prevented these scarring if i was a little careful .. but who knows as ai never knew i would scar as earlier also i had pimple and the main issue is i get like one or two pimples or crysts at a time ... thats y i never went to derm ... well its late than never
  10. hello all, this is for everyone who have been able to successfully (partially or fully) able to treat there acne scars , have seen many (say infinite) posts people claming they have succesful scar treatment ,, most of them NO PICS ,, so for those people y dont u put pics u say all the long stories disscuss ur success with happy smilies but no pic please put before and after pics side by side atleast after u complete ur treatment ,, some people clam that they had scars since 18 and now they are 40 and they see 70%(let us say) improvement ,, and still doing treatments ,, is this life really for me its not .. 20 years and still treating and then u'll die and boom ,,u spent ur whole life treating acne scars .. majority of people i have seen take there before and after pics in different angles ,, and different lightning ,, and believe me a slight change (1cm) in light can change ur scars look totally different ,, so again its hard to believe them .. or may be they are just giving them satisfaction .. well that is also a good thing . if u r satisfied .. again there is camera effect .. in night light scars look worst then in day light ,, some people do that .. again no use .. m not saying the scars cant b treated .. or improved ,, but instead of posting long stories .. do post before during and after pics on the top and then start telling ur experience .. and main point please do tell how much time from the first day and the day u think u r satisfied (not fully but partially also) it took ,,, and treatments u performed .. (most of the person i have seen here have done like almost all the treatment possible) ,,, so please anyone who has success with ur scar treatment do post ur pics here. and i know sometimes its hard to see ur pics but u can see my pics in previous post .. i also kinda cry when i see my pics .. as all my friends and roommates have perfect skin and i have to see them every freaking day .... ** please do not give any link to ur pics most of the time those links doesnt work .. u can just upload 3-4 pics here only and if it says memory full or something please delete ur old pics which are repetative .. if so and to those also who already have there topics going on if u people can post ur pics here i'll be very thankful .... it will take few minutes of ur time but for us it will save lot of time .. SO PLEASE KINDLY POST UR BEFORE AFTER PICS TRY IN SAME LIGHTNING AND NOT ANY INTERNET PICS AND WHAT TREATMENT U HAD AND TIME SINCE U STARTED UR TREATMENT AND THE DAY U WERE OK SATISFIED .... ** PLEASE DO IT ,, IT WILL HELP EVERYBODY ** please dont say u can see my success here (a link to some other page)
  11. My Acne Journey (June 2014 - Sept 2014)

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    From the album My Mini Acne Journey

    I've dealed with acne since I was 12 or 13 years old. I am now almost 21. Had a bad case my sophomore year and then it calmed down. After it became a steady battle with mild to moderate acne. My skin also scars extremely easy, so that was challenging. But by the end of 2013 and very beginning of this year, my skin was great! I had very little scarring and I rarely broke out. I felt like I was finally growing out of my acne phase and that it wouldn't strike me again. Man was I wrong. This past year, I transferred from Southern California to Sacramento State University. My skin reacted extremely bad to the new environment and I began to break out, constantly. I tried every over the counter and at home remedy imaginable. Nothing worked. Around April of this year (2014), I started Tri-Sprintec (a birth control that is supposed to target and cure acne). The BC acted completely opposite to my skin and I began breaking out even worse. By the end of the Spring 2014 school semester my skin was the worst it had ever been. I had only been on the BC for 1 month and it was already so horrible. I kept taking it for another week after I got home thinking that it was just my skin having to get used to it. But I couldn't take it anymore, so I stopped. I was depressed, and sometimes would cry about it. I didn't want to really look anyone in the eye, and I would rarely walk around my own house without foundation on. Once Summer began and I had moved back home for break, I decided that it was time to see my dermatologist (June 2014). She took one look at my skin and knew that it was strictly hormonal acne that I was having and that usually something like Tri-Sprintec would work but not for my case of "hormonal" acne. So I just happened to get bad luck and should have never started that BC. :/ She prescribed me 2 topical medications and 1 oral antibiotic. I was to put Clindamycin Phosphate (almost like a toner solution) on my face every morning. The Veltin gel on my face nightly. And then take the Solodyn antibiotic once daily. And for face wash, she just told me to buy the Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser (the foaming formula) from any drugstore. The prescriptions cost me around $20 for all three after my insurance. And the face wash is about $9 at Target. In this short 3 months, my skin has healed tremendously! The thing about my body, is once I get on the right track, I can react fast to anything. Rather it be my skin, weight, or health. Its just how my body works. Granite, this may not work as quickly for everyone, but if you struggle with acne, I recommend seeing your dermatologist ASAP. One thing I did was have enough courage to go to the doctor BARE FACED. I wanted to make sure I got the right help that I needed. I needed my derm to know how severe my acne actually was so it could be CURED ASAP. I am so happy now, and I have not missed a day of this regimen my derm has given me. I have no current active breakouts, just some red marks that are disappearing. I do have about 2 pimples that pop up around my menstrual cycle. I am using Ambi's scar cream 2x a day for the scars($5). Sometimes I use Pond's dark spot correcting cream($9) at night along with the Ambi (just because I have a huge tub leftover). I also use a mild microdermabrasion kit from Olay($23), around once or twice a week, as needed. **All the above products, including my prescriptions, are purchased at my local Target.** FYI: I started using the generic version of Solodyn (Minocycline) after the first 2 months because it was cheaper. Ended up working exactly the same for me. I have had no side effects from the above products, other than clear skin. Type of acne i had: blackheads/whiteheads, light cystic acne on chin and forehead
  12. Hey everyone! It's been about 3 years since my last post and I must say my face is looking way better! I get small breakouts here and there but I haven't had any full blown painful as hell clusters in ages! I mostly owe that too being very strict with my face cleaning habits and the products I use. Sadly I still haven't found the perfect face wash, toner and moisturizer system but I make do with the random ones I purchase. I use the Mia 2 now and it really helps get every bit of makeup off my face! And I have been using 5% benzoyl peroxide every night for a week now. I noticed when I use the benzoyl peroxide everyday after about 3 weeks my skin finishes peeling and the redness somewhat a subsides. I was on a roll till I ran out.....and just never remembered to pick up more. Now it is just readjusting to my skin and it's still peeling after a weeks use. Can't complain since I have not one active pimple on my face!!! Once I get my skin used to the BP I will be going for my first ever microdermabrasion! And then hopefully find a serum that will help with the redness since that seems to be the next biggest problem. I am doing a skin vlog series on my YouTube channel, I find filming me jibber jabber about my skin takes much less time then it does to make an actual blog on it! (With two kids every seconds spared is a blessing!) if you want to follow along with my little skin journey feel free to subscribe at www.youtube.com/kplunky Let me know if you are on the healing path! I am so relieved that the worst might just be over *fingers crossed* Currently Using Wash: clairasonic gentle wash (sample, almost out so trying to find a new one....any suggestions?) Toner: Clinique Step 2 Toner for oily skin Moisturizer: Cetaphil
  13. Day 16 copy

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    From the album Ziana, Solodyn, Aczone. (& OCPs)

    Had a microdermabrasion done today (Groupon 5 for $100!!!). It felt great. Usually it doesn't do much for me, but I enjoy the facial. This groupon package was cut and dry-- microdermabrasion only, which is fine by me. After the procedure, I feel like my skin can actually breath! I'm hoping it helps the retinoid do it's thing a little easier. I was supposed to stop the Ziana a week ago, but used it up until last night because my skin has tolerated it so well (I knew I was taking a risk... but I'm paranoid that if I stop for one day... ish will hit the fan and wreck my face). We just did the fine tip, but will move on to the coarse tip next time. There was a sale's pitch on some $280 "miracle" face wash. I'm staying true to my cheap-O cetaphil and CeraVe regimen. I know that all of these "miracle" products are just money down the drain. Retinoids are proven. I do have some Vitamin C serum and Glycolic gel from Mario Badescu that I bought shortly before I saw the dermatologist. They sit there on my counter tempting me to use them... but I don't want to do anything to mess everything up! The serum says that it should be used overnight, but I'm wondering if I could use it during the day, under my moisturizer and sunscreen. Still no flakies or irritated skin s/p micro and 2+ weeks of Ziana. Had a new white-head come to the surface on my jawline. It's been 4 days with no picking... but this little guy is testing my patience. *Stay Strong*
  14. 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:
  15. I've been battling acne since I was 13 and it was never an issue until last year . My face erupted and I had a massive flare up of cystic acne. At 20 I broke out in cystic acne My life went downhill from there. I've been clearing up a lot since last year that even my siblings notice the difference. They complimented my skin by admitting that it has cleared up tremendously of course I still have the blemishes left. A lot of them. PLEASE CONTINUE READING ...... I went for a microdermabrasion today at my derma office In hopes of coming out content and happier then ever, and boy was I wrong. I came out feeling worst then ever, the estethician extracted some blackheads I had on my right cheek causing it to bleed and she did the micro of course. I was in so much pain afterwards and I looked in the mirror after I saw my reflection I wanted to DIE . My skin looked beat. It was disgusting my face was bloated my pores were huge. My mind blacked out . I was bleeding. My blemishes looked worse and darker. I left immediately drove home contemplating suicide, thinking of driving to Tijuana anything was better then returning to that stage. Depress mode. My life is in shambles right now, I get upset at my sister, my friends and my boyfriend because I envy there skin . Honestly I push them away. I was suppose to attend an event tonight but with my face all bruised up in pain I don't think I'm going anywhere. Please keep me in your prayers people that hopefully my skin doesn't become worse after this treatment because I feel like I may have damaged my skin more with this stupid idea. I feel like I have the worst skin in the world . Huge pores, red spots all over and very oily skin. I've been curse with awful skin and I can't bare but hide out . I just want to enjoy my youth and live my life to its fullest value but ACNE is so much powerful than I. Hopefully one day I can overcome this obstacle and accept myself for what I am and embrace my friends and family instead of pushing them away. - Sincerly a hopeless child desperate for clear skin
  16. Several months ago, I got two gigantic cysts on my chin. I have already diagnosed their cause as hormone related, but I can't get rid of the remains! I also had both of them injected with cortisone twice, and to no avail. Now, six months later, I still have two red bumps on my chin ... they never come to a head and cannot be popped. At the suggestion of my dermatologist, every night for the last six months I have covered them with a Band-aid and a combination of vaseline and Epiduo to both keep the skin moist but also kill the skin and promote new skin growth. Needless to say, the buggers are still here and my dermo keeps telling me I have to "wait it out". I am considering getting several sessions of microdermabrasions to take off layers of skin. However, this is a very costly investment. I'm wondering if anyone has tried this and if so, had you had any success? Any other suggestions are welcome ... my self-esteem has reached an all-time low and I am truly getting desperate at this point!
  17. 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!
  18. Does anybody know what the hell this does? And is it worth purchasing? Does it help reduce acne or something? It costs about $25.
  19. Okay so today is day one of recovery from micropeel and microdermabrasion, and if you were hoping for some amazing results as was I, they have yet to come. BUT, to be fair, nothing works over night, so I am not thowing in the towel just yet. What it looks like today: red raised marks( what it typically looks like if you pop a pimple) and alot of dark brownish red flat scab type of marks where the most severe acne is/was. my pores do look much smaller, but that exciting mega peel that she spoke of hasn't happened yet, not even one tiny flake. She said to wait a few days to start back on my normal topical routine so I will start that tomorrow. Tomorrow I have two yes two birthday parties to go to. One is at a house with pregnant women and new moms who I am guessing will not be dressed to the nines ( what does that expression mean anyway). The second is at a hibachi place(if anyone has a good excuse? I would welcome it!!!??) , I think I will skip it, too much public involved in that one, when my face looks like I am healing from getting to close to a blow torch( maybe not quite that bad) this will be the true test of my bare minerals make up if it can cover this up it can do anything.
  20. (((((Skinstitut Products))))

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    Hello, I am just reporting to tell you guys that since my break out have stopped all together (with Minocycline). I have been using the "Vitamin C 100%" and the "Even Blend Serum" from an Australian brand "Skinstitut" . You just mix a little bit of vit c powder with 2 squirts of Even blend serum and then use it on ur whole face and even neck. It not only fades the scars but also your skin looks naturally revalised! Read up on the benefits of topical Vit C on google , but as Vit C loses its potency when mixed with water therefore its necessary to use it with a carefully designed product that can sustain its potency! So yea ive been using it for the past month and it has worked wonders on my scarring! To the point that people around me have commented out of their way that my skin looks awesome . I have zero acne and only 15% of the scarring remaining..... I dont know if you can buy Skinstitut products on other countries but I was able to buy it in New Zealand. Ive also had a 2-3 sessions of "Microdermabrasion" (which is by far way more safer and non intrusive than chemical peels) and this has helped me lots with the scarring as well Good luck i hope that works for u as well
  21. Been having acne for years. People always said its fine and that they dont really noticeable but I know its there and if I can get rid of it why not? I feel it will ruin my face in the long run (im 24). They are mostly on my forehead. I wear alot of hats. Does dirt from the hat or covering up my forhead affect it? Anything you suggest? I use neutrogena acne wash just to clean my face but it hasn't really done anything. Haven't have time to go to a dermatologist but i will soon. I am african american so i know products work different with dark skin. I dont wanna use cream to lighten it but something to wash away the dead skin and the marks. I was thinking microdermabrasion. Anybody know whats best for the dark spots first. Pimples arent often but I have those to I guess if i get rid of those I can prevent more dark spots. I attached photos as well. Thanks for listening
  22. microdermabrasion/chemical peels

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    I am coming back from a loooooooooooong bout with red marks. Some of you may remember me as frogskin. One year ago I had one of, if not the worst cases of acne/scaring/pih ever. I had several hundred marks on my face. All of which were very red, and very dense. They existed for about 5 years without improving whatsoever. I had been getting smoothbeam and vbeam treatments that have helped a ton. Due to price, Im not going any farther with it. I highly recommend it to anyone with a severe case. Retin-a has helped a bit, but works at a snails pace and is not practical as an only treatment for myself. My derm referred me to a specialist, who deals in skin rejuvenation, with chemical peels, dermabrasions, etc. Has this helped anyone? What can I expect treatment to be like? Id say my case is now moderate. My forehead is clear, my right cheek has a lot of marks, but only visible up close. My left cheek is similar, but with 5 fresher marks visible from a distance. I assume it will take a few months. Can I knock this shit out once and for all? Can I resume my life? Stay tuned. Potential before/after pics from last June.
  23. I've purchased a couple of at home microdermabrasion creams including the one from the Skinn line. It is recommended to splash your face with warm water first and then massage the cream for a few minutes into the skin to exfoliate. My question is, has anyone ever massaged these creams on dry skin for an extended period of time? I read a review on another site where a guy vigorously massaged Neutrogena's Microdermabrasion treatment on his dry skin (where the scars were) for 15 - 20 minutes. He said it was slightly painful and his face would turn a rosy red but doing this over time resulted in his pitted scars being plumped up.
  24. Will my scars and soul ever heal?

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    I have had severe acne five years ago, I was having cystic acnes filled with puss. I used to pop them out but I did not popped a lot but still they left big scars on my face. I have noticed that all acnes that were having puss and cysts have now converted into scars. They are red in the day time whilst blackish red in the evening, don’t know why they change their color. I have had many treatments; chemical peeling, microdermabrasions but also none of them worked out for me. Sometimes I feel that my scars are getting deeper, why don’t any treatment work for me. Doctors ensured me that my scars would heal but now I think they have started to develop inner emotional scars too_ I have become a complete home stake, don’t attend functions or go out anywhere not even markets for shopping. I keep myself locked inside the room and keep surfing for the scar treatment; I don’t have enough money either to buy cheap treatment or tools like Dermaroller. At many points of my life I decided to commit suicide because I am sick of answering people especially when they ask me “what’s happened to your faceâ€. I tried my best; I worked hard to earn bucks online and managed to pay the fees of doctors now I am completely hapless. Maybe I am very sensitive; I am not very opened or have vigor to share my problems with my friends. So, I’m writing anything irrelevant to the topic here considering it my emotion; this is the only way to vent out my feelings. Let’s come to the point; could anyone please separate the chaff from the wheat by telling me the most suitable and cheapest treatment of the acne scars. I have just little hope left inside somewhere deep down; I am ready to give a last go. After this, I would never attempt to live here or to heal my scars. Thank you all