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  1. Been using this stuff once a week for maybe 2.5 years now, and let me tell you, it has made a noticeable difference in my pitted scars. I looked in the mirror a couple of months ago and was like ... Whoa, where are they? It does a microdermabrasion every time you use it (if you really "go for it," that is). Your skin will be pink, and as smooth as a baby's behind. http://www.amazon.com/Pernox-Scrub-Cleanse...5970&sr=8-2 It is not like any other "scrub" on the market. The other ones all p
  2. Retin-A never gave me new scars, but it did bring OLD scars to the surface for a while. It was very odd.
  3. If the Retin-A / Pernox combo is a bad idea, then my skin doesn't know it. Really excellent results. I'm sticking with it. Pernox does not form a scab. It barely even turns the skin pink. And yet the stuff is amazing.
  4. Um ... you might want to amend your expectations. I've been on Retin-A .1% cream for 3 1/2 years and it has definitely helped. But my scars looked worse before they looked better. Retin-A seems to bring old scar tissue to the surface, so you have to be patient. I also use Pernox Scrub, which is unlike any other scrub and, in conjunction with the Retin-A, has made my skin look 10 years younger. It took over a year to reap the results, but it was worth the wait. I only use the Pernox once a week
  5. I started with the .05% cream, then switched to the .1% cream when my skin adjusted to the .05%. I've been on it for three years and three months and have noticed a definite improvement. Scars have smoothed over and wrinkles have diminished. I also use Pernox scrub, which is outstanding. When used together, they are a powerhouse combo.
  6. Hey, is anyone still using this stuff? I have been using it, on and off, for over a year and I am impressed. I have recently gotten into a regular cycle (once a week), and my skin is looking ten years younger. When combined with Retin-A, it is a real powerhouse. Fine lines and scars have been smoothing out. I really "go for it" when I use it. I scrub it into my skin for over a minute until my face starts to feel tender and then let it sit for a while before rinsing. I wouldn't recommend scrubb
  7. Are you certain that it's your scars that are driving women away? Or could it be the low self esteem that you are projecting? In general, women are attracted to men who know where they're going in life and who project confidence, leadership, poise, fortitude, etc. in the face of adversity. In my experience, a wise woman of good character will look past the exterior if a man has these attributes. And of course, women also look for things such as tenderness, patience, selflessness, and a willingne
  8. I've been on Retin-A for 28 months. It seems to "uncover" old scars when you first start using it, and this process can go on for over a year. It did with me. But now my mostly shallow scars are looking better each month. It works slowly, and you have to have a great deal of patience. As a wrinkle reducer, there is nothing better. I use the .1% cream.
  9. A gauze pad, folded twice, works the best for me.
  10. I bought it online. I used it last night for the first time. It's a great exfoliator but leaves my skin shiny. I am thinking it might break up scar tissue -- it's like a daily microdermabrasion -- if used consistently for a year or more. My scars are fairly shallow. We'll see.
  11. I just purchased a 4 oz. tube of this stuff for twenty U.S. Dollars. It's a bit pricey. Is anyone out there using it? Any effect on scars? (Wishful thinking, I know.)
  12. You need to use Retin-A (tretinoin) consistently over a long period of time to see results, and the stronger formulations are better. I started with the .05% cream 26 months ago and switched to the .1% a year later. I've seen pretty good results. Recently I began mega-dosing on Vitamin C in the hope that it would accelerate collagen formation. What I've learned over the years is ... To be successful with Retin-A, or most any other cosmetic product, you must have patience and perseverance in yo
  13. Actually, I thought your post was very appropriate. People who display "attitude" need a spanking sometimes.
  14. I've tried the APEEL Correct twice, with no peeling. It's on my face now. I'm going to let it sit for an hour to see what happens.
  15. Gracieb, For red marks, try lactic acid (gentler than glycolic) or Likas Papaya soap (inexpensive and effective). The soap is an exfoliator and has whitening herbs also.
  16. Gracieb, do you just have red marks, or are they indented also?
  17. ancelica, It sounds like you will peel in a day or two. Take a steamy shower once or twice a day to help loosen the dead skin. When it starts to peel, DO NOT PICK AT IT. If you do, you could scar yourself. The dead skin must come off on its own.
  18. Retin-A tends to make scars more noticeable at first. I recommend that you stick with it, and be consistent.
  19. Julie Robins has been involved in controversy before. Back in the spring of 2004 people accused her of disreputable practices, such as posting favorable reviews of her products on various forums, both anonymously and as "Robin Jewel". The writing style of these posts was identical to hers. Also, her before/after photos are probably fake, and she can be vicious when offended -- she threatened Dan with a lawsuit. But her products are first rate and so I've overlooked these things.
  20. Yes, unfortunately I saw no permanent improvement with any of the copper peptide products. There was swelling, which made me think I had improvement. But alas, it was a major waste of money. I use high-strength Retin-A now. It fills in small wrinkles and helps scars a little. A much better investment. Just so you know, I've read reports that the moderator of the Skin Biology forum deletes posts that do not praise their products. Caveat emptor (Let the buyer beware).
  21. Someday, The Complex is much stronger. You can get it to frost the skin with multiple layers. This will give better results, but there will be downtime. One layer is superficial, but it will still sting. Be sure not to pick at the dead skin.
  22. Julie's TCA Complex is a good product for very minor rolling-type scars, but it's too weak for anything deeper, like ice picks. And one peel won't do much good. You have to use it repeatedly -- over time there is a softening of rolling scars. Also, you have to layer it to see results; one layer is pretty useless. Three layers is the minimum that I use, and I do another two or three layers 24 hours later. This gives a nice medium-depth peel. Be advised that there is down time.
  23. I think you might be referring to retinol, not Retin-A. I used TriReduction Basic for many months a few years back. Also used CP Serum and Super Cop 2X over the course of two years.