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austra last won the day on November 16 2013

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  1. Oh, I'm sorry to hear you've had a hard time! Acne can really suck the life out of you. I wouldn't give up on spiro yet if I were you though, hormonal acne takes forever to clear out. In my experience when I've been on the pill (or pregnant, which also cleared me), my acne has only fully gone away after about 8-9 months, until then I've been prone to very bad breakouts, even though they started to become less frequent after a few months and pretty rare (but not non-existent) towards the end of
  2. Please don't call it a scar if you mean just the dark pigment. That's hyperpigmentation, not a cyst scar. It should fade on its own, although I guess mild peels or e.g. Retin-A might help speed the process.
  3. Hey there, Austra! Long time, no talk. I most likely won't pursue any more treatments to reduce the appearance of my scarring until May of this year (one year after stopping my Accutane course). But when I do begin to undergo treatment again, I'll certainly post the results here on the 'Org. What options are you considering to treat your acne right now? Sorry for the late reply. I'm looking forward to hearing from your treatments from May onwards. I may not be commenting that often as
  4. I got most of my acne scars by picking at pimples (fairly harshly to be fair) and then picking the scabs. I've got a lot less scarring ever since i stopped picking at inflamed spots (unless there is a clear whitehead, in which case I do it as gently as possible) and whenever there is a scab, leaving it alone. So please, if you don't want acne scars and I'm sure you don't, do not pick your skin. However, sometimes if you have picked an inflamed spot, I've found that it's best for healing skin
  5. I'm sorry to hear about your situation, katie27! I know how horrible it is having to deal with bad acne. I assume you must have been on birth control before your pregnancy? If you get back on it after you've stopped breastfeeding, it will most likely clear your skin again. You just have to find other solutions to deal with skin problems during pregnancy and breastfeeding that aren't necessarily as effective, but keep things sort of in control. I'm nursing now and started getting some acne a few
  6. Just dropping by to say hi and I hope you're doing well, CherrySoda! And I'm on-and-off following the forums again, so I look forward to reading about your possible future treatments. I've been away for a long long while due to having some other things (namely a little person soon turning 7 months) taking priority in my life. I'm not pursuing scar treatments anymore - I realized that when my skin is completely acne-free and in great condition otherwise, my scars don't actually bother me any
  7. Sorry to hear about the possible granuloma, tricia! At least it seems like you're in good hands, so hopefully it will heal well. Do you know what the usual treatment plan for this is? Is it just cortisone shots + antibiotics, or is it going to be surgically removed?
  8. My derm did tell me on January 8th that my sebaceous glands will once again begin to produce oil (thus, moisture in my skin) once I am finished with this course of Accutane. I suppose once that starts to happen, my scars won't appear as they do now. The current dryness I'm experiencing really does make the edges of the scars look a little "harsher", if that makes any sense. I am doing well, thank you. I have been saying in this thread that I will create another thread on Acne.org devoted to m
  9. I've got similar scarring and 3 TCA crosses with a professional didn't help at all.... I'm not saying Cross wouldn't be worth a try for this type of scarring, but don't give false hope that things would get dramatically better since that's not certain at all. Chances are the OP would get at least some improvement with Cross though, but it's best to try a test spot if possible first and definitely go to a professional. I also think I got some hypopigmentation from Cross that showed up around 1.
  10. I've read some accounts of it happening, and that it's supposed to revert back after you finish, but I don't have personal experience unfortunately. Hope you're doing well, Cherry! Good luck with accutane, I bet it's wonderful to say good-bye to break-outs for good! My skin is currently doing much better due to pregnancy hormones and topical clindamycin so I haven't got much new scarring recently, but I may face the same treatment in the end.
  11. Keep using the petrolatum jelly and just wait for the scabs to fall off on their own. You can't really do anything to expedite this process, you just have to bear with it and let the scabs do their own healing - messing with them might cause permanent scarring. Be very gentle with your skin and avoid touching the scabs. Try to sleep on your back if possible, and don't let water hit your face directly in the shower. The scabs should fall off in around 3-14 days, depending on how deep the dama
  12. Your scarring is so mild that treatments are unnecessary. If you're seeking perfection, you could try some make-up meant for scars like Dermaflage. I don't think there's anything wrong with your skin though, just be happy you didn't get anything worse.
  13. I think it's pointless to go through an invasive laser procedure like Repair with such minimal scarring. So I'd recommend Restore instead, or chemical peels (done by a professional). I don't know if there's anything that helps large pores permanently, but chemical peels at least make the skin texture look great for a few months. And imo large pores aren't something you should try to correct. Chances are you are the only one who notices them.
  14. I am not referring to sagging breasts - sagging sadly happened for me after carrying and breastfeeding two babies! What i mean is the feeling of "let down" which is when a woman is lactating, and ready to breastfeed the baby, there is a feeling (for some women) that accompanies the moment when the breastmilk starts to flow from the nipples. It is also called the milk ejection reflex. It is a very distinct tingling/pressure feeling for me. I get the feeling of let down, but have no milk to eje
  15. Definitely call your regular doctor today or tomorrow. Also mention the accutane. I would say that in your case this is probably a 'harmless' side effect of accutane drying your mucous membranes and causing the bleeding, or you may have bumped the area or something like that. However, noticeable blood in urine (macroscopic haematuria) is usually taken very seriously as it can be a sign of cancer (especially in the elderly) - that's why it's always important to research the cause of haematuri