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  1. labellavita1985

    What is your skin care regimen?

    Couldn't have said this better myself. But I think you meant skincare is subjective
  2. labellavita1985

    What is your skin care regimen?

    Neofight, the "prevailing wisdom" on tretinoin versus tazarotene is that tazarotene is seen more as an ingredient that treats acne, whereas tretinoin treats both acne and possesses powerful anti-aging properties. They work very similarly though, so tazarotene is also anti-aging, but according to my understanding, not as effective as tretinoin in that regard. This is my understanding anyway. The other thing is, neither tretinoin nor tazarotene are that effective as monotherapy for acne. The bottom line is that tretinoin is currently the most powerful weapon we have against aging, with decades of research demonstrating it increases epidermal thickness, promotes healthy skin cell turnover, corrects pigmentation, treats acne, and even reduces the amount of pre-cancerous cells developed in prone individuals. It behooves literally everyone over the age of 30 (who can tolerate it) to use tretinoin (I started at 29.) If you want to know more about tretinoin, I highly recommend Dr. Dray's tretinoin videos (Youtube.) She did a four part series on tretinoin and all of its applications, in addition to intermittent tretinoin Q and A's. Also, here is a very informative blog: https://simpleskincarescience.com/tretinoin/ I have a ridiculously extensive skincare routine that consists of three skincare applications daily (am, afternoon, and pm.) I won't go into all the details here but I will just list the ingredients/products I use. CLEANSERS: First Cleanser (to remove sunscreen and makeup) - Heimish All Clean Balm Second Cleanser - Cerave Hydrating Cleanser ACTIVES: Tretinoin 0.14% - Currently using 4 times a week, working up to every day (Curology; this is absolutely the work horse of my skin care routine) Vitamin C - Every other day (15%) Salicylic Acid - Usually once or twice a week using short contact therapy (1 minute) Copper Peptides - ~1%, every other day Niacinamide - I use a 10% Niacinamide serum and it's also in my Curology prescription at 4% OTHER: Hada Labo Hyaluronic Acid Lotion Secret Key Aloe Toner Amara Organics Aloe Gel Mizon All In One Snail Repair Cream Skin 1004 Centella Asiatica Ampoule Sidmool's Madagascar Centella Asiatica Skin Stratia Liquid Gold (a barrier repair serum containing ceramides, cholesterol, fatty acids, and yes, more Niacinamide) Various sheet masks Neutrogena Sensitive Skin SPF 60+ (copious amounts, every. single. day.) Soo, yes it is extensive, but in line with the Asian skincare approach. I've never thought my skin looked better, acne scars and all.
  3. labellavita1985

    Real success cases here on acne.org?

    Can you link this thread you're referring to?
  4. labellavita1985

    Is it realy dangerous to use 25% TCA peel

    To answer your original question, yes there are reports of chemical peels (even milder peels like glycolic, lactic, etc.) damaging the skin (via hyperpigmentation, atrophic scarring, etc.) over on RealSelf. Some people's skin just doesn't heal well, simple as that. I will say though that if you do go through with peels, aftercare is supposed to be able to make a HUGE difference. I'm specifically referring to copper peptide containing products, which are amazing for healing damaged skin (which is what a chemical peel does; controlled damage.) Other ingredients you may want to explore are aloe vera, ceramides, and hyaluronic acid, which are all known anti-inflammatory/skin repairing ingredients. The other important thing post peel in my opinion is occlusion. I think using an occlusive post-peel is sooo important, it creates a contained, moist healing environment for the skin.
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    Congratulations on your success with Silikon ... I would have NEVER had the courage to do it! For some of the reasons that have already been mentioned. But your progress with the Silikon is amazing. PLEASE keep us updated on the peel!
  6. labellavita1985

    Will subcision help? Pics included

    I'm curious about the cheek filler you had that improved the look of your scars. What kind was it? I'm interested in this. Also, I agree with the other member who said your scars aren't deep. That's a blessing, so don't give up!
  7. labellavita1985

    TCA Peels and Microneedling - Will It Make Icepick Scars Worse?

    Quadboy, thank you! This is basically exactly what I was hoping to hear. I'm pretty sure you guys have told me before that subcision is not appropriate for my scars? Not sure. I'll look back over my old threads. If it's an option for me I'll think about it. Thank you :):):)
  8. You mean did I have breakouts from using moisturizer and sunscreen? No, but only because I'm not someone who is prone to product related acne. Additionally, my acne was entirely hormonal, and by the time I was on my tretinoin, moisturizer and sunscreen routine it had cleared thanks to birth control and a medication called Spironolactone. As far as the oily skin thing, I really like my skin to look "dewy" or "glowy."
  9. Keep your skin very well hydrated as your skin gets used to tretinoin. I would go as far as to say use an occlusive every night to prevent Trans Epidermal Water Loss. Occlusive = active ingredient petrolatum. And I know it's hard, but I wouldn't do anything to my skin for at least the first couple of months on tretinoin. It really does sort of "traumatize" the skin at first. It literally works by creating irritation at the beginning of the skin cell cycle, this also means it works deeply within the skin. I would not do anything to irritate the skin any further while your skin adjusts. This is taking it a bit far but I literally used nothing but tretinoin, moisturizer and sunscreen for the first two years I was on it. I'm not saying wait that long, it's just an example. Many, many people give up on tretinoin because of the redness, dryness, and irritation that occurs initially, which is the worst thing you can do, because tretinoin really does improve skin over time. This has been demonstrated over and over again over the last three decades, and not just with visual observation, but through skin biopsies measuring epidermal thickness, etc. Other than that I think your plan looks great! Funny you should mention glycolic acid because I'm trying to find a way to incorporate it into my routine as well. Please keep us updated on your tretinoin journey as well as any subsequent TCA peels or microneedling sessions. Which microneedling pen are you going to buy? Or do you already have one? The Derminator is the undisputed best at home microneedling device.
  10. Hey Toni! I'm so glad you recovered. Your skin looks good. What is your plan for the future?
  11. labellavita1985

    TCA Peels and Microneedling - Will It Make Icepick Scars Worse?

    Hey Chummy! Welcome to the forums. Thank you so much for your feedback!! :):) I really appreciate it. I honestly think a lot of my scars are scarred pores/enlarged pores too. Let me know if I can help you in any way.
  12. Hey guys. As you all know I have some icepick scars, but I think the majority of my scars are boxcars, and most of my scarring is superficial (I think.) I'm terrified of TCA CROSS, but am getting more and more comfortable with the idea of alternating TCA peels with microneedling (six weeks apart.) The only question is, will this approach make my icepick scars worse, since they will become wider as they get pulled up closer to the surface of the skin from the TCA? In other words, without TCA CROSS done initially to raise the scar bed, will TCA peels and microneedling make my icepick scars look worse? I have a good skincare routine so hopefully that will facilitate healing after the peels and microneedling; it consists of tretinoin, Vitamin C, copper peptides, Niacinamide and a few "non actives" (aloe, hyaluronic acid, and snail mucin.) I'm also planning on incorporating glycolic acid in some way since that is said to boost the benefits of tretinoin. Thanks everyone.
  13. labellavita1985

    Subcision/cross progress - before/after

    Are subcision and phenol cross done at the same time to the same scars?
  14. labellavita1985


    My bad, I must have gotten the two confused!