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  1. "I definitely think it's a good idea to put neosporin or something on the blisters to keep them moist and stop them from scabbing." Yes - treat it as a burn, and put "burn" ointment and antibacterial medication on it .... always best to keep the old skin covering it as long as possible to let the newer skin underneath mature. So keeping the old skin/scab soft with ointment and out of sunlight has been my best way to avoid scars.
  2. Thank you for your update! My doctor has recommended my large pores & rough texture & shallow acne scars will be resolved by smoothbeam treatements .... but I'm still researching to see if this there are negative reviews about this treatment. I'm very glad to read your problems were short lived & resolved themselves. Could I ask a few further questions: Do you have before & after photos? What problems did you want smoothbeam treatments to resolve?
  3. My recommendation is to see a medical DERMATOLOGIST. Not an esthetician. I'm not saying that there was anything wrong with the esthetician's treatment, but she has limited machines & treatment options to help treat your skin. A doctor will have medical training, more experience, and a larger repertoire of treatment options available to help you. There are medicines which might solve your acne from inside, rather than performing something superficial on your skin. Often good dermatologists n
  4. Yes, I was stunned to learn after struggling to find a solution for my acne (Dozens & dozens of consultations with dermatologists) ... that my problem was primarily that I exacerbated everything by picking. I wished the internet had been available while I was growing up .... I've been picking since I was 12yrs old & only discovered this in my 30's. Recently, I've been raising cats & dogs. This has enlightened me about behaviors & tendencies of animals ..... they build up energy
  5. I think I have .... but it helps that I live with someone. He's not afraid to give me crap if he notices that I've been hard on my face - which today means using toner (which temporarily makes it red). There's a good chance I might lapse if I wasn't so conscious about him noticing. It's good of you to analyze your vulnerable moments. I only realized my skin picking was a problem in my mid 30's - yes, I honestly thought I had severe acne. Since learning it was a minor form of OCD (I also chroni
  6. How have you stayed away from picking? What do you do when you feel the urge? Analyze when you're most vulnerable to picking ... for me, it's in the evenings, especially closer to bedtime. So now I exercise in the evenings, helps burn away the stress buildup or any nervous energy which I would otherwise take out on my skin. Reward yourself for not picking - if I don't pick for a month, I treat myself to a nice expensive facial. For me, it's definitely an impulse control disorder .....
  7. I also learned alot from www.stoppickingonme.com I definitely feel it does count as a minor form or OCD .... for me it's an impulse control disorder. I was in my 30's when I discovered this was my problem .... ever since I was in my early teens I would "mine" for new blemishes every time I had a chance to be alone with myself & a well lit mirror. I've been to dozens of dermatologists over the years, who all said my acne "wasn't that bad". I wished they could have told me about this ... but
  8. I have this exact same problem. I've always felt my pores would get easily clogged, but recently they have been constantly dilated - even when clean. Your photo is exactly what I see when I look in the mirror, only I don't think it's from squeezing, because for me it's worse on parts of my face that weren't affected by blackheads (outside of the Tzone). And the pores in the "blackhead areas" (Tzone) are less stretched. I'm also researching if laser treatments might help reduce pore sizes. Ther
  9. I had great success with Diane 35, but sorry ... no experience with Areabelle. Diane suppresses androgen production, which seemed to really clear up my skin. Dramatically reduced oil production also. But the headaches suck! Good luck, keep us posted about your results.
  10. Don't get talked into it by the staff at the clinic .... they don't have anything to lose if the treat goes wrong. What are you going to do if after spending all this time & money - your results are : unchanged, very little progress, or even negative results? You are probably not going to sue them, and they know this. I've had 3 IPL proceedure by Laser Genesis, and the "technician" who performed them doesn't know but I'm not happy with the results .... fat loss & ruined texture. I now g
  11. Thank you so much for sharing your experience about the procedure. Keep updating us with your progress. ps - If you took before/after photos, would you mind sharing? Of course delete your eyes to protect your privacy. I wish you a smooth recovery!
  12. Dear RightOk It's kinda funny you should pose this question because I have just finished cynergy treatments at ICLS (Oakville). It did reduce the general redness in my scars, but when I get cold you can still see how my skin has undergone trauma (lots of purple/red marks). I'm not certain how old you are, but my acne was from my teens (mostly) and the redness went away in my 20's but was starting to come back in my 30's. Everyone said they would go away on their own, but my father's skin looks
  13. I have discovered a forum which has collected stories from various people having negative side effects from IPL treatments: http://messageboards.makemeheal.com/viewtopic.php?t=68824 I am uncertain if this is the explanation to my recent changes in skin texture. Over the last couple of years, (ever since I had 3 ILP treatments from LaserGenesis) my skin has dramatically "aged" in ways I can barely describe. I suddenly have "male skin" - it seems alot thinner, with orange peel texture around my
  14. I have discovered a forum which has collected stories from various people having negative side effects from IPL treatments: http://messageboards.makemeheal.com/viewtopic.php?t=68824 I am uncertain if this is the explanation to my recent changes in skin texture. Over the last couple of years, (ever since I had 3 ILP treatments from LaserGenesis) my skin has dramatically "aged" in ways I can barely describe. I suddenly have "male skin" - it seems alot thinner, with orange peel texture around my
  15. I tried Bio-Oil .... mail ordered it from the UK. Sorry but I saw absolutely no change after 3 months.
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