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  1. So I went on an accutane cure when I was 16 due to severe acne and it got rid of most of my acne. However afterwards I was left with a lot of scars on my face, especially in the temple and forehead area. My dermatologist had me wait a year before laser treatment, and now I've completed 1 out of 3 treatments (6 months between each treatment) with co2 fractional laser. I am now 18 years old and the scars haven't really improved all that much. I know it's a lenghty process but I just feel like there must be more that I can do to speed up the healing process. I live in Norway where society covers most medical bills, so therefore the dermatologists have tons of clients to take care off, and very little time to consult with them to get the proper treatment aimed at them. I use effaclar duo plus every night and effaclar H moisturizer in the morning as told by my dermatologist. My dermatologist haven't suggested me anything else, and now im just waiting for my laser treatment. Is there anything else I can do in the meantime to help it? What should my daily skin care routine be? I am also unsure about what kind of scars I have, but I think it's boxcar scars. Here are some photos of my scarring Forehead: Left Temple: Right temple: Nose: (Sorry if these ain't the best photos, but the iphone 6 camera ain't the best. I can try take some better photos if it's needed) As you can see, the scars are most severe on the temple area, and thats because I have very sensitive skin and my acne caused wounds in that area. These scars are really destroying my mental health, so please help me with some advice. Thanks for reading, I appreciate all advice.
  2. Hi! I'm 15 years old and I've been struggling with acne since I was about 11. I have taken accutane 3 times, and I'm currently on it. Right now I don't have much active acne aside from the occasional breakout, however I have some pretty severe hyperpigmentation from previous acne. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on how to get rid of these red marks without causing breakouts. I am scared of damaging my skin by using some of the recommended products I've seen which is why I am seeking suggestions specific to my situation. Thanks!!
  3. Hey can anyone tell me what this is and how I can get rid of it? It was much worse before and it got ALOT better but I don’t know how to get rid of these marks completely. They also change Color depending on water and temp. It will turn more red/pink.
  4. Hi guys, I have done 4 MRF treatment and 1 CO2 laser treatment. But i cant see any noticeable results also in some lightning i think it look more worse than before. 1st Mrf treatment: Aug 2017 2nd MRF Treatment: Nov 2017 3rd MRF Treatment: Jan 2018 4th MRF treatment: April 2018 5th Fraxel CO2 treatment: 13th May 2018 Left most picture is the pre picture taken in a room with no sunlight Top right is the pic after 3 MRF treatmemt taken in room with direct sunlight on face Bottom right is the pic after 5th treatment taken in room with direct sunlight on face I didn't used to bother so much before my first treatment but now post treatments it had made me very very conscious. What can be done to improve the scarring? It looks really bad in some kind of lightning (Lift, Washrooms etc). Treatments has made my face looks thinner
  5. Hey guys, just wanted to share with you a video about a proper way of clearing acne once and for all. Tell me what you think, cheers!
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    So i used to take many medicines to treat acne , which left scars and holes on face I have many scars especially on both left and right side of my face and on nose , it annoys me ... moreover I noticed my face gets red and hot whenever I take shower or Put a cream on it like moisturizer , or a sun cream Is there a solution to treat the scars ? And how can I reduce my skin redness? Thanks
  7. Always make sure that there is someone in the room to document the subcision to make sure you are actually getting the treatment you paid for!
  8. So over the past half year or so my skin has been going crazy. It started when I got a zit that left a scar (I never have scarred from acne before). This scar eventually filled and and started to look better but then I started noticing that my skin texture just completely started to change. It’s dull and tired and my pores on my cheeks are not a lot bigger. Every time I break out it leaves scarring (maybe I’m just losing collagen?). I went to an esthetician and she told me that I have no indented scarring on my face, and that I have a ton of closed comedones under my skin which is making the texture so uneven. I still don’t understand why I am getting dark marks like I am seeing in the picture below. It almost looks like there’s a layer of skin just missing. Any advice would be very much appreciated!!
  9. Hey all new to the forum, I have been battling acne most of my life probably like the rest of you. Went on two rounds of accutane in college and have since been pretty pimple free with the occasional break out once or twice a month. I'm left with some scars which from the few doctors I've seen have been classified as moderate ice pick/box scars. I'm looking for advice on what treatments you suggest, I'm looking into Dr Rullan in San Diego and Dr Novik in NY because I've heard those two are some of the best at treating scars. Any advice is greatly appreciated, thanks!
  10. Hello I am just 17 and I am very worried about my skin is it scarring or just big pore please help ....Thanks
  11. So guys I can't take this anymore. I need your help and although this might seem more like a psychological problem it isn't. So first off I'm 17 from Italy so that my English is not the best. My acne started when I was 15 and it always got worse until the point that I am today. My skin was a lot oily and that didn't properly helped. I started taking Accutane during 6 months from June to November. That summer I went on Holidays with my parents and I've put a lot of maximum SPF suncream however i was feeling my skin get uncomfortable (I know I shouldn't have gone with them ). After 4 months post-tretament I ordered from Internet Derma Rolling devices from 0.25 mm to 1.0 mm and started doing it for like 1 month. Tbh it only made my skin a lot worst. Now 5/6 months after my treatment I've been making skin exfoliation with a exfoliation bath cream. I will attach some pictures for you to see the after and before. The 2nd/3rd/4th picture (After treatment) don't seem so bad but in real life when I look me in the mirror it s a lot worst trust me. I've been having suicidal thoughts and before this mess up I was an happy kid with a lot life goals but after this phase of my life I've lost all of my self esteem. I was a guy that hanged out frequently, I wasn't afraid to speak in public and above all shit I loved me. Nowadays I didn't me like a regular person and I ask a lot why this shit happened to me. I am not happy anymore. (I know there a lot of people worst than me but trust me it's hard going from a high self esteem and good looking to miserable looking and shitty social life ). My skin after Accutane also got a lot thicker and I lost weight on my face and got my skin weak af. I can't handle this anymore. Any help is appreciated thank you guys from the bottom of my heart I don't know what to do anymore
  12. Greetings. I did a 10 months course of accutane and I'm left with persistent red marks and a bit of scaring. I decided I want to get a fractional laser session and I was wondering how long I'd have to wait to get it done. Last pill was early March so it's been almost 4 months already. Am I good to go, or should I wait longer?
  13. hey I've been using the regime for a year now. Some of my acne has cleared up but not all of it. My skin is oily in some areas and unbearably flaky and dry in some which all started after i used the regimen. MY skin still stings from using BP. I use two pumps because I've been using the regimen for so long but i don't think its still suppose to burn. I follow everything exactly also i use AHA. should i decrease the amount of bp that I'm using? for reference I'm 16 years old with moderate acne that scars very easily.
  14. Hello! I started getting acne when I was around 10 years old. It got pretty severe and then began to clear up when I turned 17. Now at age 25 I have clear skin but am plagued with acne scars. I have been going to a dermatologist for a year now. I receive chemical peels and microdermabrasion every two weeks (alternating). The derm insists that I will see results if I stick with it long enough. My skin looks a lot better as far as my pore size and coloring, but the texture is still awful. The derm says my next step is micro needling. Last month I went to a plastic surgeon for a consultation. I asked about subcision and filler but the assistant I saw (I didn't actually get to meet with the plastic surgeon) said that I would have better results with Fraxel on top of TCA. She also insisted that first I get on the Obagi system. The plastic surgeon works with Obagi in Los Angeles. She said with Obagi my skin will be in a better place to receive the best results from the Fraxel plus TCA. I was quoted $500 for the Obagi system and $4,200 for the Fraxel with TCA. She didn't even look closely at my skin or change the lighting around. My skin looks fine in some lighting, but in harsh lighting, it looks horrible. I am tempted to go with the recommendations of the plastic surgeon's office, but at that high a price I want to hear some other opinions. Thanks in advance.
  15. Hi everyone. I am 24 years old and I have been treated for acne since 4th grade. I’m finally to the point where my skin is clear enough for my derm to OK microneedling. After 3 treatments, my skin appears no different. On only the right side of my face (mostly cheek and jawline) I have small patches of raised, scaley, skin-colored scars. They feel very rough to the touch. I moisturize nightly and follow a spot treatment acne regime from my derm. Has anyone experienced this before? Why are they only on half of my face? What can I do to soften them (aside from needling). It makes me self conscious.
  16. Hey guys, just wanted to share with you my personal progress on how I cleared my acne in 6 weeks! Now I feel way better, and I finally have gotten my life together Here is my video on how I fixed my skin, cheers!
  17. Our skin weighs about 8 pounds, with a total surface area of about 22 square feet. It does not come as a surprise that it is the largest and arguably one of the most important organs of our body. Our skin is waterproof, shielding us from extreme weather conditions, and keeping out harmful chemicals and pollutants out of our body. Although the skin sounds like an invincible shield that protects us from harm, it is also very vulnerable. A minor injury can make a big difference in how it looks, leaving unsightly scars on your skin. Throughout our lives, our skin is subject to injuries, trauma, and acne. Most people are emotionally affected by acne scarring because acne scars on the face can be unsightly. When the scars are etched on the face, they are usually permanent, and they cannot completely go away. However, there are various treatment options that can help reduce its appearance. To understand how to treat different scars, you need to understand how they look like and what caused them. Different types of scars There are several different types of scars including: HYPERTROPHIC SCARS are raised scars that are characterized by excessive amount of collagen forming on the scar. They do not extend beyond the boundaries of the injury. KELOID SCARS are the result of an overly aggressive healing process that extends beyond the boundaries of the wound. These raised scars are often visible and unsightly. ICE PICK SCARS are very deep holes in the skin that look like they have been punctured with an ice pick. Ice pick scars form because of the lack of collagen production in response to a deep acne infection. BOXCAR SCARS are also depressed scars but they are often broader with defined edges at the sides. Just like ice pick scars, boxcar scars form because of insufficient collagen production after healing from acne. ROLLING SCARS have ill-defined edges that look like tiny hills and valleys. They are also depressed scars formed after an acne outbreak. Acne scar treatment options STEROID INJECTIONS Steroid jabs are effective for treating hypertrophic scars and keloids. Steroid jabs bring down the raised appearance of the scars by flattening and softening the raised scars. FILLERS If hypotrophic scars can sometimes be treated with dermal fillers. Dermal filler treatment is effective for smoothening out some depressed scars. However, using dermal fillers to fill depressed scars is often not a permanent solution. LASERS CO2 laser is a skin resurfacing treatment that doctors commonly use to ablate the superficial layer of the skin. The process allows the skin to stimulate more collagen. When the new skin grows, the scarring becomes less visible. However, several sessions may be required to see visible results. One of the latest acne scar treatments is to use INFINI laser to induce collagen production at the dermis. Using micro-needles, radiofrequency energy is administered into the dermis at different depths controlled by the doctor. The treatment stimulates the production of collagen without harming the superficial layers of the skin. After the treatment, collagen remodelling and production take place in the deeper layer of the skin while the top layer of the skin remains unscathed. SPECIALITY SCAR TREATMENT Special scar treatments such as subcision acne scar treatment is a proven treatment that benefits people with rolling scars or boxcar scars. A special needle is used to break down the stubborn scar tissue under the skin, releasing the acne scars and allowing the depression to smoothen out to blend in with the surrounding skin.
  18. Hi all, First post but long time lurker. I recently called Dr. Rapaport's Old Bridge office to schedule for a consultation. However, the receptionist indicated I needed a phone call consultation first, which costs $50, before seeing the doctor in person. I asked about their virtual consultation, but the receptionist seemed to not know about it despite me mentioning that it was on their website. Anyone who has gone to Dr. Rapaport can provide their experience and if the above is true? Thanks.
  19. Hey guys, I am using different serums and exfoliants to decrease scarring, but I don't know if these methods are correct, tell me what you think! Cheers :)
  20. Hello Acne.org users! Since around 8th Grade I have had moderate acne (In 9th Grade Currently) I ordered the regimen and have been using it for about 5 days now (ik its not a lot) but every morning it seems like my skin is getting clearer and clearer! But since there aren't any extremely noticeable pimple on my forehead, I realized I have a decent amount of semi dark spots on my skin from past pimples. Assuming they were scars, I looked up what forehead acne scars look like and they definitely aren't the same. Some of them divot and others don't. Tbh they aren't even that noticeable and maybe not even permanent but I just want to know what they are called so I can possibly look up quicker ways to possibly remove them. Thanks! Feel free to ask as many questions as you want! They also might just be new scars that still need to develop, Im determined to stop popping pimples on my forehead. Unless of course if they are huge whites then I can use a sterilized needle and extract the white stuff.
  21. 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
  22. Best plan for me?

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    I was wondering what these scars on my face are and recently it has gotten even worse. A few months ago I only had these scars on the right side of my face, but now there are scars on the left side of my face. How do I combat these scars? My dermatologist gave me an Aknicare cream and Aknicare cleanser, Stieva-A cream, Oxy 5 cream, and she asked me to take antibitotics of doxycycline, but it doesn't seem to be clearing up my acne or my scars. I have also been using a Clean&Clear moisturizer with Salicylic acid. My morning routine is to use the Aknicare Cleanser, apply the moisturiser, apply Oxy 5, and apply the Aknicare Cream. My night routine is to use the Aknicare Cleanser, apply moisturizer, apply the Stieva-A cream, and apply the Aknicare cream. Recently, I have been applying lemon juice and ice to my scars to try to heal them quicker. Are there any tips on what I should do?
  23. 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...
  24. 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...
  25. Hi so im confused i have tiny holes in my cheeks besides my nose is it a scar or enlarged pores.Is there any way to get rid of it?and whats the best way to treat it?