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  1. Good day to you! I would like to seek some help and suggestions about these scars, or dark marks. They started with small bumps and pimples but i cannot stop my self from picking them until they become scars and when they become scars, i will pick them again until they form bigger scars. and here’s the result. some of them got lighter by themselves through time but i have bigger new ones and they look awful. can someone suggest me what to do to clear them (the new and old scars)? i am trying to use roseheep seed oil for a month for my older scars but it doesn’t seem effective for me. and when i use tretinoin, my face becomes itchy and red AF! any other products that i can use to clear them as fast as possible? please help me.
  2. Help! i have deep ice pick scarring and suffer with eczema and sensitive skin (nightmare!) So finding a treatment for my scarring has proven difficult. I've spoken to a dermatologist who has advised fractora would be the best treatment and wouldn't cause my eczema to flare up during recovery. It sounds as though fractora would be the only treatment not to irritate my skin and cause further problems during recovery, however I have read elsewhere that fractora wouldn't change the appearance of icepick scars. Has anyone had any luck with fractora and ice pick scarring? Any help or recommendations would be appreciated! Thanks in advance!
  3. Turning 22 next month and still have never kissed a girl or done anything for that matter. The thing is my skin is clear but my confidence is shot from the good 4 years I had severe acne. I just feel so inexperienced at this point that there is no reason to try. 15 year olds have more experience than me.
  4. hey. i have this awful scar its so unsightly. i cant leave my room without so much makeup. what is the best treatment for this. i have the banish dermarolling kit but im afraid its not going to work. so depressed. skin was finally looking normal
  5. Argan oil for bona-fide scars?

    I'd like to know if anyone has found Argan oil--or even another non-comedogenic carrier oil--to lessen the appearance of scars? (Scars refers to damaged skin--e.g., rolling scars, boxcar scars, etc.--not hyperpigmentation, which is not scarring.) Thank you, PI
  6. hi everyone, hope you're doing well! just wanna post here what helped me to get my acne under control, it may be able to help someone out with this horrible thing as acne is. I'm male 20 years old from costa Rica(tropical warm weather) and have had oily skin and acne almost all my teenage, before I thought it's totally normal and that eventually it would go away with time, but it was approximately 2 years ago when my acne started getting bad(cystic acne) bad to a point where I have a couple of scars (Ice pick, V shaped) that are really unnoticeable and tiny so they don't really annoy me, and also around 2 hypopigmentated scars (white flat scars that never regained original skin color) they're not noticeable either so I dont care. I really never cared about diet and thought it was an underlying problem in my body the cause of my acne, and also I've always been someone who adores food so changing diet was not an option for me, I used to eat bread everyday, red meat, pork and would eat junk food like 3 times per week. 3 months ago I started to realize it was not worth to have this psychological pain all the time and that I had to do something about it, not only that it would help my skin but also my body in general so I decided to change my diet, I was offered Accutane but I decided that taking this drug was not worth it so diet was my only option for now and it would also be the best thing. for moral reasons, I became vegetarian first, it was very hard as stuff like meat, chicken had always been one of my favorite meals but now I think that it's not worth of how much an innocent animal has to suffer all their lives for me to have a good meal, it's just cruel and now every time I see any meat I feel like throwing up, even tho the taste is good, what hides behind is enough for me to say goodbye to it forever. (some will have a different opinion on it which is totally acceptable and respectable) going vegetarian helped me tons to lessen my acne also, but something was missing and my cosmetician that does me extractions told me to try to stop eating gluten for a few weeks (you know that thing that is in pasta, bread, etc.... gluten is something that produces a lot of inflammation in the body and can definitely cause acne for some people like me that are prone to it, also every time I used to eat bread I. would get awful bloating, gases, etc so that may be an indication you're sensitive to gluten. anyway I tried it out and it was what helped me the most! my acne literally disappeared in a matter of 2 months, no more cysts of bumps! it was hard to leave gluten as I would always have bread for breakfast and subway was my favorite restaurant to go too but now I've found other things that also taste good and they do not do harm on me that gluten does. the only gluten I get now is from a couple of beers that I have onweekends and that's it( I believe the beer I drink does not have much gluten as I dont have any bloating after drinking it) but just by doing that I can proudly say that I dont have acne anymore, I only get like 1 a whitehead per week goes away like in 2 days if I don't touch it and immediately if I pop it properly. now im only dealing with red marks and a couple of shallow. scars which im confident will fill up in time as they have improved a lot recently, the only thing is use in my skin now is aloe vera mousiturizer in the morning and at night aloe vera gel straight from the plant and ita done wonders specially for the red marks & scar,also I exfoliate twice a week with a mix of. baking soda and honey as recommended by the cosmetician. I'm not encouraging anyone to go. vegetarian or gluten free, but if you are so depressed because of acne as I was and you dont wanna try harsh things like Accutane or retin a etc, changing your diet would be the first thing you should do. (specially gluten)most of my protein comes from light yogurt, 2 organic eggs per day, rice and beans and cottage cheese In case you're wondering where to get your protein from. hope this may be able to help someone out and have a good day! (sorry for bad English, as it's not my first language)
  7. peach fuzz covers pitted acne scars

    Hi guys! I am a female and I recently shaved my peach fuzz (light and sparse hair) on my face in pursuit of a smoother makeup application. Well, my foundation definetly looks better and lasts longer but my pitted acne scars are looking much worse (i even noticed some shallow ones i haven't noticed before). I guess my peach fuzz was covering my pitted acne scars. I just wanted to share with you my experience. Have any of you guys had a similar experience?
  8. There's a hidden pimple underneath my nose, right in the center of my face. I kept squeezing it and clear pus came out, but not the root of the problem. Now I have a big swollen scar with the cyst still underneath. What do I do??
  9. I'm 23 y old. I've always had issues with my skin (acne, moles, scars from mole removal, acne, etc..) but that's all kinda endurable. However, ~ 5 years ago my skin became permanently damaged which has been ruining my life ever since. I was using some facial cleansers and acne products, some with benzoil peroxyde and salicylic acid. One of these has permanently damaged my skin (forehead, nose and around the nose) causing some kind of dermatitis, but on top of that - and this is what bothers me the most - it damaged my skin and caused a permanent indented scar that looks like a wrinkle straight across my forehead (as you can see in in the photo). This wrinkle has been ruining my life! So since then (5 years ago) I've had this wrinkle-like indented scar on my forehead, skin that is dry and peeling after showering but really greasy after (forehead, nose, around nose creating a lot of oil/sebum) and red, sometimes itchy, sensitive, irritable skin. When I'm on the sun, or doing something and starting to sweat, my forehead starts to itch and get red. You can't really see the redness or just how bad my facial skin has been for the past 5 years, because of the lighting. When I'm outside, on the sun, it looks even worse. I've been trying to cover my forehead with hair to cover the "wrinkle" for the past 5 years but this is not a solution and it's horrible aswell. Please help me, tell me there's a solution to these problems, especially the scar on my forehead. The dermatologist I've been to recently just said well it's a wrinkle and you have dermatitis. And that's it. She didn't offer any advice, solution, nothing. And it's always like that..Also, if this is relevant to you, I've had acne for ~10 years and finally at the start of this year I started using Roaccutane, which kinda helped. But I was on it for only 3 months and with a 2x smaller dose than the min. recommended for my weight, because my doctor was afraid of side effects I guess. It still got rid of pimples for a few months, but they started coming back now. It's been > 6 months since I stopped taking Roaccutane. Anyway, thanks for reading this and thanks in advance for any suggestions or advice. The dermatologists I've been going to over the past few years really aren't much help.. They literally just want to give me creams to use for my acne, no real solution for all my other problems.Edit: I also forgot to mention.. I've had (I think) exfoliative cheilitis on my lips for as long as I can remember (more than 10 years). Basically my lips constantly grow a layer of skin which then peels away and this happens over and over. I'm always using lip balm so it's soft and it just peels when I'm in the shower or I peel it myself, but if I were to leave it unattended it would be dry, flaky, would probably cause my lips to bleed. I have lip balm 24/7 so it's soft and after I remove the layer of skin that grew there's fresh, sensitive skin below. This happens every 2-3 days. My lips look normal the day after I peel them but it starts to get noticable afterwards. Also, pretty sure another sideeffect of this cheilitis is that my lips are kinda swollen. My lower lip feels like it's much bigger than it should be.
  10. Hi! Could you tell me what kind of scarring I have? And are these scars really unaesthetic? To be honest, I feel completely miserable, my self esteem almost doesn't exist. I don't know what to do, is this a right time for undergoing some treatment, for example laser? I'm 20, I still have some comedonica acne, I'm scared that it may worsen and a treatment would turn out to be pointless. Also, is there any chance that it will disspear without an interference?
  11. Scarless Healing

    Elastagen is doing a clinical trial on acne scar using tropoelastin as a filler. For those in the UK please check it out https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03056235
  12. Chin Only Cyst Acne

    Hi everyone. I was wondering if there is anyone here who experiences similar condition. I am 24 y.o. and about a year ago I developed cyst acne. The thing is, I have only one or two cysts and they always appear only on my chin. I also developed milia that grows into acne sometimes. It is also only on my chin. The rest of my skin is perfectly fine and always was fine, hence my enormous frustraition with my new 'friend' cyst acne. It all started a year ago when I foolishly mistreated a regular pimple on my chin (overdryed, picked million times and then it just never went away). Maybe it worth mentioning that I moved to the States a year ago as well, however, chin acne started to appear one-two months after the moving. I have been eating salads every day, fruits, lemon water in the morning, I cut off dairy too (not 100% , I have milk chocolate sometimes). I use all sorts of products too: dermalogica cleanser for with salicylic acid, dermalogica daily microexfoliant, neutrogena blue light therapy mask, renee rouleau anty-cyst spot treatment (the only thing that seems working), renee rouleau detoxifying mask . Of course I always use spf (CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30) and cetafil mousture cream, and I get facials almost every month. And obviously cyst acne on my chin doesn't give a damn about any of the healthy stuff I am doing. Last time I got two nasty cysts right on my birthday, I am so desperate I can't even articulate it. Anyone has similar situation here? Usually I see posts about severe acne which is not the case here. What is the next step? I just can't beleive I have it. I am 24 and I have never ever had anything like that in my life.
  13. texture or bumps??

    i had really bad acne a lot of whiteheads but now the white heads have gone away but ive been left with this weird textured skin it looks like tiny bumps they arent white heads idk if its scarring help please what can i do
  14. I'm 23 y old. I've always had issues with my skin (acne, moles, scars from mole removal, acne, etc..) but that's all kinda endurable. However, ~ 5 years ago my skin became permanently damaged which has been ruining my life ever since. I was using some facial cleansers and acne products, some with benzoil peroxyde and salicylic acid. One of these has permanently damaged my skin (forehead, nose and around the nose) causing some kind of dermatitis, but on top of that - and this is what bothers me the most - it damaged my skin and caused a permanent indented scar that looks like a wrinkle straight across my forehead (as you can see in in the photo). This wrinkle has been ruining my life! So since then (5 years ago) I've had this wrinkle-like indented scar on my forehead, skin that is dry and peeling after showering but really greasy after (forehead, nose, around nose creating a lot of oil/sebum) and red, sometimes itchy, sensitive, irritable skin. When I'm on the sun, or doing something and starting to sweat, my forehead starts to itch and get red. You can't really see the redness or just how bad my facial skin has been for the past 5 years, because of the lighting. When I'm outside, on the sun, it looks even worse. I've been trying to cover my forehead with hair to cover the "wrinkle" for the past 5 years but this is not a solution and it's horrible aswell. Please help me, tell me there's a solution to these problems, especially the scar on my forehead. The dermatologist I've been to recently just said well it's a wrinkle and you have dermatitis. And that's it. She didn't offer any advice, solution, nothing. And it's always like that.. Also, if this is relevant to you, I've had acne for ~10 years and finally at the start of this year I started using Roaccutane, which kinda helped. But I was on it for only 3 months and with a 2x smaller dose than the min. recommended for my weight, because my doctor was afraid of side effects I guess. It still got rid of pimples for a few months, but they started coming back now. It's been > 6 months since I stopped taking Roaccutane. Anyway, thanks for reading this and thanks in advance for any suggestions or advice. The dermatologists I've been going to over the past few years really aren't much help.. They literally just want to give me creams to use for my acne, no real solution for all my other problems. Edit: I also forgot to mention.. I've had (I think) exfoliative cheilitis on my lips for as long as I can remember (more than 10 years). Basically my lips constantly grow a layer of skin which then peels away and this happens over and over. I'm always using lip balm so it's soft and it just peels when I'm in the shower or I peel it myself, but if I were to leave it unattended it would be dry, flaky, would probably cause my lips to bleed. I have lip balm 24/7 so it's soft and after I remove the layer of skin that grew there's fresh, sensitive skin below. This happens every 2-3 days. My lips look normal the day after I peel them but it starts to get noticable afterwards. Also, pretty sure another sideeffect of this cheilitis is that my lips are kinda swollen. My lower lip feels like it's much bigger than it should be.
  15. I have red scar marks on both side of my face that hasn't gone away in a year. I did some research and I think it's Post inflammatory Erythema. For those who had the same scars and successfully got rid of it, what treatments/products did you use? No prescribed medicine- just over the counter please. I'm currently using tea tree oil.
  16. I've been struggling with acne for a while now and recently decided to seek professional treatment. I have tried retin a, clindamycin, BP, salicylic acid, sulfacetamide and others for my active acne. I am yet to try accutane however, should I? My biggest concern though is for my hypertrophic scars on both cheeks and forehead. Which treatment works best for the type of scars i have. Dermapen, fraxel? im not a candidate for co2 fraction laser because of my dark skin. What do you suggest based on my pictures? They look worse in person suggestions??
  17. Acne Scar Remedy

    After all is said and done with accutane, absorica or whatever other medication your on, many people go through their next battle in trying to get rid of their acne scars. I'm currently trying to limit the amount of damage that I will have while on Absorica and I have been looking online for simple tricks to help my face heal. Rather than use over the counter topical solutions, creams or go back to my dermatologist for a prescription, I was looking for a natural home remedy (I am also trying to limit the amount of chemicals and medications going through my body). I came across a video on Youtube, where the girl SWORE that this little trick really minimized her scars (other people in the comments agreed that it worked for them as well!). I personally have only done it twice so far, but I will definitely update on whether or not I see a difference in my face....here it is: 1. Cut a lemon in half (or use lemon juice) and rub it on your face around the areas of scarring. (I used a whole lemon but just cut one of the ends off in order to prolong its usage) 2. Let the lemon residue sit on your face for 30 minutes, it might sting for the first few minutes so its helpful to have a fan or sit near the air conditioning until it settles. 3. Next, take an ice cube and rub it over your face for 5 minutes (I've only done it for 2-3 minutes because my face was getting too cold and it was bright red) 4. Take a cloth and pat it on your face to dry up any wetness *I recommend doing this at night before you go to bed, especially because my face was bright red after I did it. Also, when you are using the ice cube, keep a paper towel or a rag nearby. The ice melts really quickly so it can get a little messy. Has anyone used or heard of this remedy before? I'm really curious to know your thoughts!
  18. For some reason the scars don't look as bad in the photos. All of the scars on my cheek are from within the last year or so. I'll try to take some better pictures at some point. It looks like I have mainly boxcar/very mild rolling scars. What would you guys recommend for a treatment plan? Right now I was thinking maybe 1-2 sessions of subcsision + filler then maybe 3 sessions of infini since it's highly recommended. What do you guys think I could yield for results? Honestly If I could get like 50% I would probably never get another treatment. Do you think this is doable? Appreciate all replies. Also what severity would you rate my scars?
  19. I used apple cider vinegar to try and remove a facial mole, but now I feel like a complete idiot. I applied it using a cotton swap for an hour 3 days in a row until I gave up on it. After a couple days, the was redness / bleeding around the mole so I applied Neosporin and a bandage. Now 2 days later, some dead skin fell off revealing a red area. I'm afraid this might be a scar and was wondering if anyone else had this situation. I'm considering going to a dermatologist to get it removed correctly (which is what I should have done in the first place). Any one know if this will scar permanently or what actions I can take so it doesn't?
  20. Scarring from Subcision?

    Hello all, Hopefully some of you can help! I just subcision today and am worried that the entry points of the needle may scar. I had a 1cm by 1 cm area subcised and he entered from TWO points. He switched between the entry points, re-entering them multiple times, around 2-3 each. Is it common during a subcision to re-enter the needle into same entry points, like my doctor had done? Thanks,
  21. I have suffered from acnes for a long time and left with so much scarring. Given my Asian skin type, I didn't want to try laser due to the possible side effects. Therefore, I opted to try Infini RF Microneedling for 4 sessions over the course of a year because it was hard to take time off every 6-8 weeks. However, I only see little improvement (if any...) I think spreading out the treatments will not affect the results as Infini is supposed to help with collagen production for up to 6 months to 1 year. I have mixed scars and don't know what treatments I should try next... Too scared to try TCA peel/ cross at home even after reading the FAQ (again, Asian skin type...). Would I be a good candidates for TCA peel/ cross? Please help! I live in the Bay Area and there are not a lot of doctors to offer TCA peel/ cross and/or subcision... I read some forums here but feel like SoCal have more options and no one seem have to have found a good doctor who performs a wide range of treatments here. Can anyone recommend a good doctor in the Bay Area? I went to Dr. Ransom for Infini. He's nice and doesn't seem to be interested in checking the progress and just performs the procedure... don't really feel like going back to him. But, someone said he does offer TCA cross... Also wonder if I should try 2 more Infini for a total of 6 sessions to see the difference... Right now considering if I should give Dr. Emer a visit even though he's expensive. Does anyone know what is the price difference btw Dr. Emer in Beverly Hills and Dr. Rullan in SD? Getting time off is also a problem Thanks!
  22. Differin week 27

    Hi everyone I am on differin for 27 weeks now. What a ride for me. Still, acne shows up and cause me anxiety. I believe it is all about the hormones because I have chnage my routine to minimize the acne risk. I wash my pillows every week. I eat healthy food such as grain and almond milk. I sleep before 11 pm. Almost every day. I find a hobby to keep me stay away from stress and over thinking. I also do vbeam and smooth beam laser but help little with scars. I think I am going to use differin for the rest of my life for the best of prevention from acne although, it did. Ot perform 100% clear face. I also use benzac 2.5% and 5%. For 5%, I apply it before washing my face and 2.5% is for overnight as my skin uses to 2.5% with no irritation. So the combination of differin and benzac performs great for me but I wish they could do better in preventing acne. Sometime, I apply a dot of benzac on my little cyst for a hope of eliminating it overnight but recently it took 2 weeks to completly eliminate it. The cyst hurt me and create red mark which I hate so much. I wash my face and still feel the bump of it. I wish it could just disappear. By the way, I am 23 going up to 24 next year. So I guess I have late teen acne. It is suck to have it. I try to avoid looking myself in the mirror. It has been many months I look away from myself. Lucky me that I have short eye sight so whenever I look myself in the mirror, I only see my blurry face. It feel like my skin is better when not lookinh throught my glasses and that grow my confidence. How long does it take to completly steer clear from acne? I would ask myself for every night. I even pray for myself to wake up without finding new acne on my face. I don't want to feel the bumps on my face. So this is probably just my online diary now. I feel better when writing things out. You should try it if you bad about yourself. Hope everyone who read till the end stay safe from acne. Wish you all the best
  23. So I have a hand-held pump device I bought from owndoc. How hard aka how many pumps and how long do I suction the area (my cheek) after subcision?
  24. Differin week 20

    Hi guys this is around my 20th week of using differin and around 10 weeks of using benzac. For the past 2 weeks, I had almost clear face. I mean no major acne outbreak. This week I have 3 cysts. BIG CYSTS. I hate them so much. I have no idea how they come up on my face. It is so annoying. I was happy and now I am panic. Wondering if there is going to be more tomorrow. I can't tolerate the feeling of cleaning my face and it hurts so bad. For a while, I have hope and it was vanished by cysts that I can't find the root of it. I hope benzac take care of them as soon as possible. I want to be happy again. Happiness without panic and nightmare.
  25. Hello there- I have researched a lot on various scar treatments, and I am quite interested in microneedling. After reading all the scientific articles I could find on this topic, it APPEARS that they get very good results, sometimes full recovery. Also, more often than not, patients improve by at least 1 grade on the acne scar grading scale. However, many people on this site have been microneedling for months/years, and not getting the same benefits, despite the needling tool being the same or better (dermaroller vs. superior derminator). Also, there seem to be no conflicts of interest or funding from companies. is this due to user error? Statistically, although everyone's skin heals differently, more people SHOULD have noticeable improvement than those who don't. Perhaps those who are more successful are less likely to return and share their experiences. What can explain this discrepancy?