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  1. Thanks for all your responses. I called the clinic and will go to see them when I get back (I'm on the road right now). They told me to apply hydroquinone 4% daily and make sure I use a strong sunscreen each day (SPF45+). I can still notice it, but it's not bad enough that anything else would unless they were closer to me. Everyone I have talked to said that this will go away in time, so I feel better. I will report back in a few weeks.
  2. I just finished my four smoothbeam treatments (with the following settings): 12/04/2003 - 10 01/08/2004 - 10.5 02/03/2004 - 11 03/04/2004 - 11.5 I was doing this for acne and some mild scarring. Certainly my acne has improved. My skin isn't perfect, but it's to the point where I only have a few minor blemishes on any given day and they don't bother me that much. My scarring has also improved (but not gone). So to this end it has met my expectations. However, after each treatment
  3. Not sure why people keep insisting on abandoning treatments after 2-3 weeks. The only way you can find out if something is effective is to use it as directed. With differin, it takes between 8 - 12 weeks to determine efficacy, and also indicates that it may cause your acne to get worse in the first few weeks.
  4. I did for the first 2-4 weeks after my first treatment, but that was in conjunction with the differin I just started taking a few weeks before that so it might have contributed. Things finally started to clear the past few days (weeks 4-5). I have my second treatment in an hour so we'll see what happens after that.
  5. I think the first most important thing to do is get your acne under control if it isn't already. Otherwise you will start to scar more over the coming months and years. If you have active acne, this rules out most laser resurfacing procedures. You might be a good canditate for smoothbeam laser, which treats both acne and stimulates collagen growth to treat acne scarring. It's non-ablative so there isn't any downtime. I think that NLite works along similar lines. The Erbium YAG laser wo
  6. I found retin-a micro too irritating. You can try replacing it with differin, which is more mild, but works using the same mechanism.
  7. Both active products in benzaclin are geared towards fighting bacteria. Differin normalizes the shedding of your skin and helps prevent new acne. I read a derm. article a while back saying that retinoids like differin, retin-a should be included in every acne regimen. Differin is mild on the skin and less irritating than retin-a micro. I'm using it right now, but only ~8 weeks so I don't want to comment until I'm the full 3 months in. Right now I use a BP wash (5%) in the morning, differ
  8. Lasers should not be used as a first line of defence, but there are some of us out there that have tried everything without long term success. Accutane cleared me up completely a couple years ago, but the acne came back (not as severe) a few months later. So I'm left with trying smoothbeam now since existing therapy isn't working for me. Smoothbeam is supposed to have a more long term effect than topicals/antibiotics, which have done nothing for me. Problem is what works for one person mig
  9. I'm doing smoothbeam for acne and minor scarring. I'm ~3 weeks post 1st treatment and after a series of breakouts, my skin seems to be doing much better now. I'm also on differin. Anyway, I'm hopefull that after at least 4 treatments, I'll be all set. I'm willing to do up to 6. Smoothbeam is not cheap either. If you have acne on several areas (face, chest, back) then accutane is a better bet, since smoothbeam is charged per area. I'm doing just my face for $300 CDN. When you say 'lot
  10. I'm doing a series of 4 - 6 smoothbeam treatments right now to help me with: - acne (mild, but very persistent) - minor scarring - oily skin It's supposed to help with all three as it shrinks oil glands and promotes collagen growth. People here have reported mixed results with all three goals. I'm only 2 weeks post my first treatment so I won't be in a position to say how well it's working until at a few weeks after my third treatment.
  11. Thanks for the response. Yes, I'm going to keep up with it. The first treatment they used a 12 setting, with redness subsiding by the next morning. I have my 2nd treatment scheduled early January and will likely do 4 - 6 in total, depending on results. I have so many damn red marks on my face now it's hard to tell what's actually acne and what's left over and will eventually fade.
  12. It's tough when you have a clear day for your derm. visit. If he does not want to prescribe accutane have him agree that you can call his office and have him see you same day when your skin is bad. Otherwise it's no good if you have to book another appointment 6 weeks out.
  13. I'm 7 weeks into using differin and 2 weeks post my first smoothbeam treatment to control minor, but persistent acne. My acne is worse than ever! It seems to have progressively gotten worse over over the past couple weeks. I'm assuming the differin breakout period is over. Has anyone had any experience/success with smoothbeam? Can it cause acne to flare up badly? From what I've read smoothbeam is the next best thing to accutane, without the sides. I've did accutane a couple years ago, w
  14. Smoothbeam: http://www.boston.com/business/globe/artic...or_acne?mode=PF Aura: http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/031125/latu025_1.html
  15. I hope it's not the same Dr. Sheldon Pollack they're talking about here: http://www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/TorontoSun/N.../pf-181285.html
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