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shalibee

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  1. I agree with JSM555. Lasers can definitely damage and many times the damage isn't seen 'till years later. I had Smoothbeam 6 years ago. I started to see the damage 2-3 years later. My upper cheeks where I had the Smoothbeam seemed tighter, and thinner. Eventually, I lost a lot of volume under my eyes and upper cheeks. It's not hereditary. In fact, my face remained unchanged for most of my life only to change quickly within 2-3 years after that treatment. Most doctors will tell you that thi
  2. Mr. President's post stresses something extremely important that will get lost if routed to the emotional and psychological impacts of acne section. Like Mr. President, there are many, many people who have come to the scar board and have made their scars, skin texture, and face a whole lot worse from doing procedures. From what I've seen, it's the minority who get some sort of improvement and <30% if that. Mr. President's story is all too common. Someone in desperation comes here searc
  3. Are there any East Indians on this board with acne scarring? I'm wondering because I'm East Indian (F) and have scarring, but most other East Indians have that super amazingly neve-rending smooth baby skin. I feel like I'm the only East Indian with scarring. I have always been and still am considered very beautiful according to strangers who just say things. Some strangers do say what's on their mind, both the good and the bad comments. Some, in the same breadth, will say that I'm absolutel
  4. Aside from the larger pores I see, the scars themselves look quite deep. Those are more difficult to get rid of. I've had cycstic acne which has created scars but the soft rolling type. Some of those have resolved over the years. A few others are still there but hardly noticeable. I have one small scar that's deeper like in those pictures....nothing has helped to improve that. I assume maybe the only thing that could make it better is a punch graft (punch out and replace with other skin).
  5. Please don't consider suicide. Please. I've been down that road too for similar reasons and have learned a lot. I will tell you that while you may feel trapped now and think that you will never look the same, trust me when I say things will get much better. It's amazing how much time can heal wounds. It does wonders. While my scars haven't gone away completely, they have smoothed out tremendously with very little treatment. There were times I remember thinking nothing would change. I fe
  6. I no longer have active acne. In fact, my acne was very intermittent, meaning I'd have years of virtually clear skin, followed by a few months of a bad breakout. I had 2 of these bad breakouts. They left me scarred. My scarring isn't extensive but does look bad in what we all know as "bad lighting." Now my skin is clear and even toned. However, acne scarring does give a rough sort of appearance to the skin. I've been going to a spa to get massages every now and then. Every time I've gone
  7. Has anyone had 3 or more Smoothbeam treatments and it's been 3 or more years since? If so, can I please private message you? Thanks
  8. Would this work on a scar caused by a cortisone shot given 5 years ago?
  9. Interesting assumption you make here. Of course I've tried to correct my scarring. With someone who does have scarring, treatment is the first glimpse of hope. It's when someone has tried numerous treatments over years which do not work so well or make some scars worse when one really starts to feel dismal. Your statement to stop feeling helpless and to take responsibility is certainly a very immature statement. I hope you can find a bit more compassion than that with others because you, yo
  10. Interesting assumption you make here. Of course I've tried to correct my scarring. With someone who does have scarring, treatment is the first glimpse of hope. It's when someone has tried numerous treatments over years which do not work so well or make some scars worse when one really starts to feel dismal. Your statement to stop feeling helpless and to take responsibility is certainly a very immature statement. I hope you can find a bit more compassion than that with others because you, yo
  11. I've had acne on and off for 15 years...I'm 34. I never had acne as a teenager but developed it as an adult. My acne was usually pretty mild, but had two bouts of cystic breakouts. Once when I was 23 which left a few minor scars and another after I gave birth at 29 which left a few more scars. The scars aren't visible, depending on the lighting as we all know, but the pain is always there. I'm always aware of the scarring and the lighting I'm in every day of my life. When I'm in bad ligh
  12. I totally feel for you. The thing I don't understand is why there doesn't seem to be more effort put into research for more effectively treating scars. Ok, for instance, research has come up with a way to grow eye lashes (latisse). I mean, who would have thought that you could grow your lashes longer and thicker? It's something everyone thought "you're born with it or you're not." And this is the thought with acne and the resulting scars "you're genetically predisposed or you're not."
  13. For those of you who have kids in their teenage years or beyond, do they have acne and how severe/less severe is it in relation to your acne?
  14. Tazorac is a retinoid that's been around for a long time so I'm pretty sure you can get it in the UK. Besides controlling breakouts, it evens the skin tone and really has an amazing impact on the overall look of the skin. It does take patience though....give it at least 3 months.
  15. Getting needling done here. http://www.blackandbluetattoo.com/scar_reduction It's a shame - she took that info (including pics) from elsewhere on the internet and advertises it as her own. She caused more scars and made things worse and others who have been to her can attest. She should get her license revoked for engaging in a practice she knows nothing about.
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