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  1. I just saw this clinical study. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4375771/ The before after pics look real good. They use a combination of retinoic acid and glycolic acid 12%. "At the end of 12 weeks, significant improvement in acne scars was noticed in 91.4% of the patients." I am thinking of trying this.
  2. I’ve just done something stupid and used 60% glycolic acid on face... it was stinging as soon as I applied it but left it on for 2 minutes. I feel like my face is sunburnt. I used this once before but never experienced anything like this - it didn’t even peel nor burnt my face. But now, my face looks a bit red (though others are not noticing the difference) and it stings when I use a toner. Please help! How long do you reckon I will experience this? Also, when can I start applying makeup? Since it never peeled before nor did it leave wounds or scabs, does this mean I’m at no risk of infection? I’d appreciate any advice you can give!!!
  3. Sorry went a little nuts with the tags on this thread probably. Anyway, Ive been meaning to make a post about this for months. I literally cannot stop using BP gel (cream? gel? not sure its white). I have been using it pretty much every time I shave/wash my face for years. I wash my face about once a day, sometimes every two days. I have good hygiene, but I find if I wash more than that my face looks 10 times worse. Also, the BP is necessary every time now. I will have the same areas (on sides of chin, neck around adams apple) cropping up with the same big red breakouts. They arent like normal pimple, there is no white head or core, its just a hard PAINFUL red bump. You cant even pop them, they are just big painful red bumps. These also show up on my legs and butt. The products I use are the following: Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser (cleaning, also use for shaving as its better than any cream ive used)) Neutrogena Healthy Skin Face Lotion with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Store brand BP gel 10% (I try to dilute this a little with water before applying) Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant (I also use some crafting clay in my hair, professional Sebastian, figured should mention as I am a side sleeper, i use this rarely) Not only am I having the red bumps problem if I dont use the BP, I also have large black pores and white clogged gross sebum pores. I know its terrible to go around squeezing them all, hence why i got the glycolic acid AHA gel. Even after using that for months its no better. I have researched far and wide for years, read every article out there I feel like. I am still having same issues. Would love and appreciate anyone who knows anything else. Thank you.
  4. I have an AHA+ Glycolic acid 10% tube from acne.org and it expires in 10/2018. I opened the tube in December 2017 and I am still using it in April 2018. Does this tube need to be thrown away a certain amount of time after opening it like benzoyl peroxide(Duac) usually does due to it being ineffective after being opened for so long? Or does it not matter how long ago it was opened? Do I need to store the AHA glycolic acid in the fridge after opening like you do with Duac benzoyl peroxide?
  5. I have an AHA+ Glycolic acid 10% tube from acne.org and it expires in 10/2018. I opened the tube in December 2017 and I am still using it in April 2018. Does this tube need to be thrown away a certain amount of time after opening it like benzoyl peroxide(Duac) usually does due to it being ineffective after being opened for so long? Or does it not matter how long ago it was opened? Do I need to store the AHA glycolic acid in the fridge after opening like you do with Duac benzoyl peroxide?
  6. I have an AHA+ Glycolic acid 10% tube from acne.org and it expires in 10/2018. I opened the tube in December 2017 and I am still using it in April 2018. Does this tube need to be thrown away a certain amount of time after opening it like benzoyl peroxide(Duac) usually does due to it being ineffective after being opened for so long? Or does it not matter how long ago it was opened? Do I need to store the AHA glycolic acid in the fridge after opening like you do with Duac benzoyl peroxide?
  7. I have started using AHA glycolic acid 10% from acne.org for fading hyperpigmentation brown acne marks. I use this on top of my Duac once daily gel (Benzoyl peroxide 5%, Clindamycin 1%) so I apply the AHA after/on top of the Duac and I leave it overnight. To get the best results from the AHA glycolic acid is it best to use it without Duac underneath? Would I see faster results from glycolic acid for removing hyperpigmentation if I used AHA in the morning and having just AHA on my face alone and then putting just Duac on my face at night rather than using both at the same time and leaving it overnight? Or does it not matter?
  8. AHA glycolic acid

    Forums Acne.org products 1 reply

    I have started using AHA glycolic acid 10% from acne.org for fading hyperpigmentation brown acne marks. I use this on top of my Duac once daily gel (Benzoyl peroxide 5%, Clindamycin 1%) so I apply the AHA after/on top of the Duac and I leave it overnight. To get the best results from the AHA glycolic acid is it best to use it without Duac underneath? Would I see faster results from glycolic acid for removing hyperpigmentation if I used AHA in the morning and having just AHA on my face alone and then putting just Duac on my face at night rather than using both at the same time and leaving it overnight? Or does it not matter?
  9. I dont know how to start, i feel like shit. I did a 6 month accutane course of 20 mg per day, i was really confused when my derm told me not to keep taking accutane because '' your face is great now, you dont need to keep taking these pills''. But i dont reached the accumulative dose. Now like a month without any pill my acne is coming back it started at my nose where i get 3 pimples in a night, today i woke up with a pimple forming on my cheek. Before starting accutane i was coming out of a depression and while i was on that fucking pills my depression comeback but i didnt told my derm, i also have body dismorphia so im always unhappy with my appearance. I feel so damn broken right now i just cant handle how i feel with myself, ive been strong for 6 months i just cant keep. I have some epiduo left so im aplying it at my pimples i dont know what can i do right now.
  10. I am 46 years old and have been dealing with Acne in some form since I was 12. At 24 I went on Accutane and it made a huge difference but I still have contended with plenty of pimples since then, through pregnancy and now hormonal perimenopause. I know many of the people reading this are much younger so I feel as if I finally have some good advice to share. I think the main problem with most regimens is that they do one or two things, but not the three most important things that I think are necessary to do all at once: 1.) Clean out pores 2.) Exfoliate and keep the oil on your skin to a minimum 3.) Kill bacteria and reduce Inflammation Warnings: The information below is for people with real acne. People with pimples here and there do not need this plan and may dry out their skin too much. Also if you have sensitive skin, go slow and be careful. And please note that nothing here is original - you can find information about all of these treatments on the Acne.org website and elsewhere. My take on it is that you need to be using a product in each category. 1.) Clean out pores: Charcoal is the best. I like Lush Dark Angels. Leave it on for a few minutes after scrubbing. 2nd choice is Biore Self Heating One Minute Mask. Also leave in for longer than 1 minute. These scrubs/masks should bring out whiteheads and blackheads and after you use the scrubs/masks you could/should pop them (as long as you have really cleaned your hands). I recommend this nightly or nearly nightly. There are other ways to clean out pores, like steam or getting facials or rotating brushes, but nothing works as well as charcoal in my opinion. 2.) Exfoliate and reduce oil: The best products in this category are Vitamin A and acids. a.) Vitamin A: My favorite company is Vivant Skin Care and their best product is Exfol-A or Exfol-A forte. It is like Retin A without the prescription. In fact, the company was founded by Dr. Fulton, one of the inventors of Retin A. Follow the directions on Vivant’s website - you will start slow and then use the stronger products and start using them more frequently. Eventually you will use the Exfol-A nightly. I do not recommend prescription Retin A unless you can find one in a gel form. I think the cream that it comes in can clog pores. b.) In addition or if the Exfol-A is too much for you, you should also use a salicylic acid or mandelic product. Many companies make pads or cleansers (Vivant has both and Proactiv has a toner). Some of the pads also contain glycolic acid. The pads are good for after sports before you can get home and wash. They can also be good in the morning instead of washing your face. They will take away excess oil and also help to gently exfoliate. c.) Another acid treatment is peels. You can do these several times a week. But you probably should not do them if you are using the Exfol-A regimen nightly. It will be too much. Perfect Image makes several levels of peels for acne. Use their website to get information about frequency and strength and be very careful about how long you leave the acids on your face. 3.) Kill Bacteria and reduce inflammation: There are several routes you can take here - Benzoyl Peroxide or other topical creams, an oral antibiotic like Doxycycline, or Blue and Red Light therapy. a.) Topical cream - My problem with these is that I never found them to be strong enough and they also can have other potential ingredients that clog pores. They can also be very drying. But maybe the Acne.org one is good. You should also look at one called Vanoxide which contains both an antibiotic and an anti inflammatory (hydrocortisone). b.) Oral Antibiotics - These can work but they may have other complications like killing gut bacteria. Also how long do you need to be on them - maybe forever? But I have to confess this works best for me at a low dose. c.) Blue Light and Red Light therapy - This works as well. Buy a mask or a wand. The problem is the treatment needs to be done every day and takes time. The mask also can make it hard to go to sleep at night and the wand is small and you have to keep moving it around. The blue light works to kill the bacteria (a multi-step process, read online) and the red light reduces inflammation. Other options to clean pores and exfoliate: If you see a dermatologist, he/she may recommends facials where they open and clean out your pores and also do stronger peels. This will work but gets expensive as you will need it often in the beginning. You can also try microdermabrasion to exfoliate at home or in an office.There is a device online that is getting good reviews, however, I have only had a professional do it. Finally, you are going to have to moisturize. I truly hate this part because I am so oily that it makes me feel even greasier. However, it is necessary and you should consider a product with an SPF as well. Also make sure to look at the Acne.org list of ingredients to avoid in products. This is very important and is also recommended by Dr. Fulton. I use the Vivant product called Day Treatment Lotion with SPF as well as Allantoin. This methodology above will take some time - a few weeks at least because many people will actually get worse before they get better. And you may have to go slowly and build up or try a few products in each category to find what you like and can tolerate. The key is to make sure you have a product in each category that works for you. If you try this and give it 3 months and you are not happy then I would call a doctor and consider Accutane. I hope this is helpful.
  11. Hey guys! I've recently introduced Niacinamide (Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% by The Ordinary) into my skin care regime and I was just wondering if it would create or cause a negative reaction on my skin. I'm planning on applying the Niacinamide first, then wait a bit for it to absorb. Once done, I'd layer the AHA Lotion (Acne.org) on top. Does this sound suitable? Please let me know, any responses are much appreciated! Thanks
  12. I recently started using glycolic acid as my nightly moisturizer because Dan said that it would help reduce Flakes and also is hydrating. Dan said that it's supposed to sting a little which means it's working. The first few times it was burning a little kind of like a stinky burn so I knew it was working it wasn't burning my skin like chemical painful though. I put a pretty decent amount on and I don't feel any burning or tingling at all. Should I use more I mean I used pretty good amount though so I'm kind of confused? LOL thanks guys
  13. I recently started using glycolic acid as my nightly moisturizer because Dan said that it would help reduce Flakes and also is hydrating. Dan said that it's supposed to sting a little which means it's working. The first few times it was burning a little kind of like a stinky burn so I knew it was working it wasn't burning my skin like chemical painful though. I put a pretty decent amount on and I don't feel any burning or tingling at all. Should I use more I mean I used pretty good amount though so I'm kind of confused? LOL thanks guys
  14. Hello there! I need help! So about a month or so ago I made the stupid decision to start using pore strips. (I did 3, a week apart between each). The blackheads on my nose were never even that bad in the first place, but the pore strips caused me to have huge pores and SO many blackheads that I never had before. Anyways I picked my nose blackheads once to get rid of them but they just returned so I started using AHA on my nose to hopefully increase the cell turnover and solve my problem. A few days after I picked and started using AHA, I noticed my nose developed a bunch of tiny fine lines all over it. Like if I move my nose from one side to the other you can literally see the lines stretching and moving around. It's almost as if I have a thin layer of plastic on it or something. I've attached a picture of a photo I found online that very similarly matches the lines on my nose. At first I though my nose was just dry, but it's not peeling or anything and it doesn't feel tight. A few days passed and I ended up picking at the blackheads on my nose again, getting most of them out. This time when I finished picking I used 2 % salicylic acid gel all over my nose (I had read a lot about the wonders of BHA on blackheads) and then put the AHA on top of it once it had dried. I woke up and thought the lines had improved a bit. Then I reapplied the salicylic acid twice that day (yesterday) and did the same at night with the BHA and AHA. This morning when I woke up however I noticed that the lines looked pretty bad. Regardless I reapplied the salicylic acid because I didn't even suspect it. I thought if anything it would help rid my nose of the lines. I ended up removing it after an hour or two because I started reading on what over-exfoliation looks like. My nose is red, very shiny and smooth, and has this tight look to it (despite it not feeling tight) with many many little lines.I thought these lines were from the pore strips ruining my skin, but now I'm suspecting over-exfoliation. Tonight I'm just using benzoyl peroxide on my nose like the rest of my face and using a ton of moisturizer. The blackheads on my nose have not returned fortunately, but these little lines look even worse Will they ever go away? I'm only 23. How can I get my nose back to normal faster? I've been really depressed the past week because I feel like I've permanently ruined my skin. Any advice or help would be really appreciated at this point, I'm desperate. Thank you so much for reading!
  15. I've tried a lot of different scar reduction products from expensive laser treatments to silicone based gels. I just tried Glycolic Acid 70% and it has improved the appearance of my acne scars. I know it isn't a long term fix but its very easy and has held up for a couple weeks now. I'd say it works better or just as good as the expensive laser treatments (my scars came back eventually with lasers) so for the price and the effectiveness this is the best option I believe. (Links Removed by MOD, No Advertising). Highly recommend neutralizer because the acid potent. I have pretty thick, fair skin so it just caused a little dryness and the skin was a little pink for a day or two but results were better than anything I've tried which is why I'm posting this to the forum. Let me know if you got questions and I'll try to answer. Thanks!
  16. Hi, I was wondering if it was possible to use both AHA and BHA together. I use glycolic acid at night and I was wondering if I could use salicylic acid 2% gel in the morning or if it would be too much? Also, I'm a woc (black) and I have ice pick scarring, is there any other procedure except TCA peels that is suitable for my skin? I don't want to experience hyper or hypopigmentation. (I do not have any existing pimples right now, just a little hyperpigmentation and ice pick scarring)
  17. Glycolic Acid 10% to 30%

    Forums Scar treatments 23 replies

    Ok, for all that are here, I wanted to take your time to talk about my transition from glycolic acid 10% to glycolic acid 30% and my future progress to 50%. I started using 10% recommended by my dermatologist. I used it until i could tolerate it at him and i decided to move to 30% im a couple days ive been shedding skin a lot w some stinging but its bearable. Im not sure if its my optimism trying to persuade me but i feel like bumps of skin coming from my scars and i was wondering if its new skin coming up from the dead skin, most of my scars are rolling scars, at what percent did you guys use and for how long did it take for you to see results? Thanks, you guys are awesome!
  18. Hi, I've just started a new skincare regime a few months ago and it has cleared up my skin drastically!! However I'm left with some pretty bad red/brown scaring. Whilst its not permanent I'm still embarrassed to go out makeup free as my face is so scarred. My dermatologist thinks its possible I've got rosacea too so that doesn't help. Can anyone list possible at home treatments or products they have tried and have help for both face and back scars. My back is much harder to look after so I appreciate any help and advice Current skincare is listed as below (oily/combo) Morning: - Cetaphil gentle cleanser - Aczone gel - Mario Badescu moisturiser - Sunscreen Night: - Cetaphil gentle cleanser - Mario Badescu moisturiser - epiduo gel - 1-2x week glycolic acid 12% scrub I generally don't use toners anymore Also any hydrating/ brightening mask would be great.
  19. Hey guys, So I've been on the regimen for a little over 2 months now, and it pretty much got rid of any inflamed acne for me after about 5-6 weeks of using it. I just added in the AHA a week and a half ago, and I've used it 3 times since then, using a small pea-sized amount. But in the past week and a half, I've had 2 inflamed pimples, which were huge, and yesterday I started getting a very red bump under my skin, so I'm not sure what that's gonna be. Is it possible that this is the AHA causing it? I also noticed that it brought up any whiteheads I had, but I'm confused as to why I'm getting huge inflamed stuff too since I've been on the benzoyl peroxide for a long time. I'm scared that the regimen is starting not to work, or my acne is getting too intense for it. I also started using the AHA on my shoulder acne and my shoulders are breaking out every day now.
  20. My Dermatologist has prescribed me lymecycline (oral antibiotics) and Duac Gel (topical cream). The actual spots seem to be slowly disappearing but the redness/ inflammation is still there. Can anyone recommend anything to help with skin renewal to speed up the process? Anyone found glycolic acid any good or not? Can't get rid of the inflammation
  21. So my AHA came in and I did a test on the bottom of my jaw and I didn't have any bad reaction so I put it over the 5% benzoyl Peroxide that I have as a prescription from my doctor. I only used the AHA as a spot treatment and I only did it for two spots (the red Marks) for one night in case it made my face really really red I wouldn't want to have weird red spots all over my face but I used it on all my spots as a spot treatment last night and it is red in those areas but the texture is literally completely different from what the Benzoyl Peroxide usually makes it feel like all day. INCREDIBLE. I did what Dan said and put it over an Active pimple that was starting to come up and it didn't really do anything besides what the benzoyl peroxide usually does . so I don't know maybe It'll start working more when I use it more often. for those that have seen results with the glycolic acid when did the redness subside from it and when did the marks really start to fade ??? does the acid help w/ blackheads