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  1. Hey, you might benefit from microdermabrasion (I've had it done regularly for the past 8 years) ...your scarring isn't bad at all, but the treatment will help smooth your skin out, minus the downtime associated with more radical treatments. As for the white areas, I'm not sure what can be done about that......maybe some kind of laser treatment?

    Good luck~

  2. Hmm...I'm not sure which treatment is best for those kinds of scars, but have you ever considered trying Panoxyl's 10% bp body wash to treat current break outs? I've used the stuff for the past week and a half and have seen a HUGE improvement....

    Just a thought....

    Good luck!

  3. Ouch! I would suggest seeing a derm to possibly get a cortisone shot. Anyway, I think you're smart in not messing with it.....if it were to get infected, that would suck!

  4. I think I looked into the same moisturizer, but opted to stay with the usual Purpose...is your aveeno moisturizer fragrance free and hypoallergenic? I can't remember if that's the reason why I chose not to buy that recently...........

  5. Well that's a load of shit. Do you know who Mackenzie Phillips is? She had scarring similar to yours and she now doesn't have any...she's had probably a combo of treatments, and granted, she is a "celebrity" and probably has more money than any of us, but, the point is, it can be done. Gosh, that pisses me off your dr. said there's nothing you can do. I don't know what it is about derms, but not only are a lot of them against really listening to their patients and their concerns, but their reactions to post-acne treatments is ridiculous. I even had one derm laugh in my face when I mentioned having glycolic peels (I only had one...while it eliminated the hyperpigmented areas on my face, it made me break out once the skin stopped peeling!).

    Ok, the first series of microdermabrasion I ever had about 7 or 8 years ago was at a plastic surgeon's office......this office performed not only a myriad of facials, but also laser treatments as well. You may want to try looking into similar places in your area. Secondly, I would also follow other people's advice to look into laser treatments and possible TCA peels. If I'm correct, I believe phenol peels are the strongest...and in fact, older women get them instead of a face lift sometimes because of its remarkable strength....not sure if that kind of peel would be appropriate for you though. Also, I've seen other people on this board recommend a "punch" treatment where I think a doctor takes skin from other areas on your body and somehow sews it in to the scars to smooth out the texture (someone please correct me if I'm wrong!).

    Basically, if I were you, I would get not only a second opinion, but a third and even fourth if you feel it necessary. Also, don't listen to the person who said nothing can be done about your scars, that's a load of crap.

    Hang in there...and as one other member pointed out, your scars are not discolored..which is a huge advantage. In your other photos, because of the location of the scars and the color, they're hardly noticeable.

    Good luck, take care, and keep us poted!

  6. Hey, I have a few tips (you may already know them....):

    1) Change your pillow case every night (I've done it for years and it's definitely helped my skin stay under control...if you don't lay on the pillow case night after night when there's a build up of crap from your skin and hair...it can only help you acne)...

    2) Be careful about the fabric softener you use. I had TERRIBLE breakouts for 3 months...and I finally pinpointed the cause--I changed fabric softener sheets...and the new kind...I assume due to the fragrance...wreaked havoc on my skin. My friend uses "free and clear" and swears by it and I use the Kirkland sheets from Costco..which have never irritated my skin)

    3) Always moisturize. Drying out your skin causes the sebacious glands to go into over drive and cause more problems....

    4) No picking. I've paid for it ....literally. After God knows how many chemical peels and microdermabrasion series...I've spend thousands paying for my impulsive behavior

    5) Drink lots of water

    6) Avoid the sun

    7) Be wary of hair products that contain oils and waxes...these things can cause issues along your hairline

    8) Wash your hats if you wear them frequently (you can buy these little plastic things shaped like a hat...that you put it in, close it and throw in your washer) .... I like to wear hats frequently and until I started to wash them, I think the dirt and grime built up on the part that rested on my forehead was another cause of my acne (or, if not the cause, it just exacerbated it)

    9) Make a concious effort to keep your hands away from your face at all times....

    That's all I can think of...hang in there.....it'll get better

    (p.s. The Queen Eileen mint julep mask is pretty cool.....it contains sulfer which is an anti-microbial...just don't use too much of it as it can be a little drying)


  7. It looks both dry and infected...

    But cool! How'd you do it?

    Why do you say it looks infected? It would be all pussy and REALLY nasty looking if it were......??

    Anyway, man, that looks like it hurts...but I'm glad you're all right.....that would be awfully traumatizing to get nailed by a car!

    Take care......looks like you're healing up nicely!

  8. I'm sorry you're going through this.....like everyone else said, you're pretty and thankfully you don't appear to have cystic acne, therefore the odds of you being scarred after your tane course decrease....dramatically. It is weird though, that all of this happened in such a short period of time........did you switch to any funky hair/skin products 4 months ago? Did you change your laundry detergent.....fabric softener? I'm sure accutane will take care of everything for ya.....however, can I ask, why can't you wear makeup? Are you allergic to it?

  9. It's all natural make up....made from minerals. It goes on like powder make up, but covers like liquid. I've used the stuff for five years now and I'll never go back to liquid...the stuff is amazing! It minimizes poor, absorbs shine and makes your skin look flawless.....it's only a win-win situation. I'd suggest Bare Escentuals (I'm a loyal fan of their mineral make up)....