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  1. 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!
  2. Hi! I've been using the 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?
  3. 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. 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.
  4. 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
  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. FIRST DAY OF TREATMENT - - SUBCISION so i finally started my acne scar treatment .. today i had subcision 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
  8. 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).
  9. 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:
  10. 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...
  11. 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)
  12. 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!
  13. 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!!
  14. Diamond Tip Microdermabrasion

    There are old posts on microderm, but I want to start a new topic because obviously microderm tools have changed over the years. What do you think about diamond tip microderm for scarring and/or acne? I have been getting it regularly now almost every month, and it seems to have evened out my complexion in terms of scarring. I do not want to do anything more extreme than this (like lasers or dermarolling), but I don't like wasting money either. I would love to get feedback from long term/ short term users.
  15. 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!
  16. 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.
  17. Hi everyone, I'm on my 4th month of The Regimen and I've experienced tremendous success on the treatment! My skin, however, definitely became A LOT worse before it got better. Therefore, I am left with a lot of hyper-pigmentation and discoloration to the extent that I cannot leave home without face powder on! I would much rather deal with this than acne, so I'm still so grateful for the Regimen. I've read/watched YouTube videos on the PMD/PMD Pro and how amazing it is. PMD/PMD Pro is essentially an at-home microdermabrasion system that you can do one yourself once every 1-2 weeks. I would love to try this in a few months after being on the DKR for a few months. I've read, however, that you cannot use topical treatment 24 hours before or after doing the microdermarasion at home. I'm wondering if anyone who has been on the Regimen has also tried PMD/PMD Pro? What has your experience been like? Thanks everyone! Mod Edit
  18. 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:(
  19. 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.
  20. 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 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
  21. Day 16 copy

    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*
  22. 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
  23. 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!
  24. Does anybody know what the hell this does? And is it worth purchasing? Does it help reduce acne or something? It costs about $25.