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  1. Okay, so your scars look slightly indented but not very pigmented. Have you thought about going on retinoids? Its thickens the dermis and lessens the apperance of scars, pretty sure it increases collagen levels too, so I think it would be ideal for your skin, but always start with the lowest percentage (0.01%/0.025%) and see how you go. Other than that your best bet would be trying some low percentage glycolic/lactic acid peels then slowly increasing the percentage if you get any results.

  2. You can't just erase pigment spots like that. Moisturisers and exfoliants are two components to help you speed up the process. I used a glycolic acid peel (35% and increased to 60% once my skin grew immune to it) and prevent further spots/acne from developing with a medicated system.

    For that I use phisohex cleanser, dermalogica intensive moisture balance as a moisturiser during the day and dermalogica medicated overnight clearing gel (contains 2% Salicylic Acid and other ingredients to slow overproduction of sebum) during the night. I do a peel about once a week and now most of the pigmentation is gone. I had somewhat similiar brown pigmentation to yours, so try it. You need to be consistent though or you won't get the best results.

  3. Argh, so frustrated at the moment. Mostly because my hyperpigmentation is back (brown spots) plus my skin is SUPER dry and crusty looking once I put mineral makeup on. I've been using bio oil every second night and mama lotion every other night, but its causing my skin to flake and looking all yucky. I can actually differentiate between the different flakes, but have to resist peeling them off, plus I have work + school nearly everyday so I can't take any drastic measures such as strong glycolic peels. I wish I had my glowy, dewy, makeup free skin back. Tis frustrating, any suggestions?

  4. Try benzoyl peroxide . my red marks was very severe last time . i guess Bp , the regimen and the help from the members here has help me a lot . and take zinc everyday. love this website

    Your joking right. Most hyperpigmentation and red marks are CAUSED by BP.

  5. Their are ALOT of threads in regards to this topic but so I suggest you search some of them, your actual condition is just inflammatory acne subsiding and the remnants being hyperpigmentation but I will suggest some products that have faded my brown marks. Their was always little red/pinkish spots when the brown marks faded indicating that the inflammatory acne was still there. Anywho, here's a list of products to try, that aren't TOO pricey.

    • Mama Lotion - Basically contains 10% Malic Acid, 10% Mandelic (gentle AHA's unlike glycolic acid) which faded my brown marks, helped with acne, improved the clarity and pore-size of my skin. Your skin will peel/flake a bit, but this means that the product is working and is nothing a rich moisturiser can't fix.
    • Kligman's formula - This is what I was prescribed by my dermatologist, although the formula's vary, its basically 4% Hydroquinone, 0.025% Tretinoin, 2% Kogic Acid and a hydrocortisone for inflammation. This drastically faded my marks, but be wary of using anything with hydroquinone for long periods.
    • Green Cream/Retinoids - Retinoids simply put are awesome. They've took away years from my young skin (that looked wrinkled and dull) and increase cell turnover thus shedding the layers of skin which will lessen the apperance of brown marks AND will help purge out acne. It needs to be used on a consistent basis to see results, which include firmer more plump skin, less wrinkles, less acne and an even skintone.
    • Lactic Acid Peels - These are one of the more milder AHA peels (in comparison to glycolic and TCA) and the one's from makeupartistschoice contain licorice extract which will also aid in fading hyperpigmentation. There's been alot of great reviews for MUAC's peels, so I suggest if you've tried the other alternatives, giving these a go (starting with the lowest concentration first then working your way up).

    Remember these products are subjective to the patient's skin type and how it responds. Hope this helps.

    Question: out off all the above, which requires the least amount of purging on the skin?

    Not all of them make your skin purge, and it depends what you need it for be it pigmentation/acne problems. If its both I'd go with mama lotion or a lactic acid peel.

  6. Your pores looked really clogged, so maybe some mild retinoids could help with unclogging your pores, pushing all the gunk to the surface and maybe even fading some of that hyperpigmentation. When I tried a glycolic peel from DiannaYvonne 35% my face literally scabbed up.

    It looked like I had my face cut open and the wounds were scabbing up and healing, they were brown, thick and crusty. I couldn't go out and was extremely depressed, but when they fell off their was not ONE scar/trace of hyperpigmentation in sight so I guess it burnt of the scar tissue. Right after that I was still self-concious about my skin and I reverted to my old habits of packing on the makeup, and what do you know, acne + brown marks were cropping up all over the place but now I've been using mama lotion + retinoids and my skin is amazing.

  7. Their are ALOT of threads in regards to this topic but so I suggest you search some of them, your actual condition is just inflammatory acne subsiding and the remnants being hyperpigmentation but I will suggest some products that have faded my brown marks. Their was always little red/pinkish spots when the brown marks faded indicating that the inflammatory acne was still there. Anywho, here's a list of products to try, that aren't TOO pricey.

    • Mama Lotion - Basically contains 10% Malic Acid, 10% Mandelic (gentle AHA's unlike glycolic acid) which faded my brown marks, helped with acne, improved the clarity and pore-size of my skin. Your skin will peel/flake a bit, but this means that the product is working and is nothing a rich moisturiser can't fix.
    • Kligman's formula - This is what I was prescribed by my dermatologist, although the formula's vary, its basically 4% Hydroquinone, 0.025% Tretinoin, 2% Kogic Acid and a hydrocortisone for inflammation. This drastically faded my marks, but be wary of using anything with hydroquinone for long periods.
    • Green Cream/Retinoids - Retinoids simply put are awesome. They've took away years from my young skin (that looked wrinkled and dull) and increase cell turnover thus shedding the layers of skin which will lessen the apperance of brown marks AND will help purge out acne. It needs to be used on a consistent basis to see results, which include firmer more plump skin, less wrinkles, less acne and an even skintone.
    • Lactic Acid Peels - These are one of the more milder AHA peels (in comparison to glycolic and TCA) and the one's from makeupartistschoice contain licorice extract which will also aid in fading hyperpigmentation. There's been alot of great reviews for MUAC's peels, so I suggest if you've tried the other alternatives, giving these a go (starting with the lowest concentration first then working your way up).

    Remember these products are subjective to the patient's skin type and how it responds. Hope this helps.

  8. Skin lighteners (kojic acid, hydroquinone) aren't specifically made to get rid of red marks, mainly just to fade the superficial brown pigmentation left after the acne subsides. I used these lighteners and was left with pinkish/red marks after the pigmentation faded away.

    Chemical peels are okay, just depends which ones you use. The 35% Fruit Acid Gel from diannayvonne.com is what I used (glycolic acid, puryvic acids and some other AHA's) and which was quite mild a peel for my sensitive skin. The end result was alot less distinct red marks due to frequently applying peels every 6 days or so. I wanted clear skin free of red marks so I wasn't that satisfied, that along with the downtime of my skin constantly scabbing which was embarrassing for school, outings ect.

    TCA peels are a bit too harsh if you haven't already used other AHA's. Green Cream helped somewhat with my red marks, but I didn't use it long-term so it wouldn't be fair for me to quote the outcome. I'm ordering some Mama lotion (10% Mandelic Acid, 10% Malic Acid) which is supposed to help fade red/brown marks, improve skin tone and help with acne so I'll see how that goes.

  9. So just add a pea sized amount of this stuff on the red marks is what your saying? Hmm, my red marks take a bit longer to heal, but I guess everyone's healing process varies. Green cream is pretty awesome when it comes to increasing cell turnover and cell regeneration, so that does the job for me + Super Cop from skinbiology which is supposed to increase proteoglycans in the skin which = true moisturisation. Anywho thanks for the help.

  10. I've been using this lately and my red marks are slowly fading, though there is not much of a significance in what works better in comparison to my regular products.

    Sorry if you have answered this but I can't be bothered reading all the posts so MG86 what was the severity of your red marks and how fast did they disappear? I'm hoping for mine to completely go seeing as they are very faint now :)

  11. Oh damn you guys! After I read this post I went ahead and bought the mineral mousse foundation, full bottle of emu oil and about a gazillion finishing powders/loose powders and blew lots of $$. Hope they are as good as they sound :)

  12. I have recently started using MaMa Lotion as it was highly recommended to me by another member. It's great for reducing hyperpigmentation. I am using it for controlling my acne breakouts. I am only on my second week and I am noticing results. So much better and less irritating in my opinion, than BP.
  13. What I'm using is in my sig and its does okay for my redmarks but I need something else cause it seems like its just now stalling kinda, not doing anything new but not doing anything bad.

    Can I use that lotion in replace of my dove one? will that fit okay with the cleanser?

  14. Hi, I was wondering if the fraxel laser works well on brown spots

    that aren't indented or ice-pick scars. My scars are just dark

    brown scars, and my skin is quite smooth to touch but just has

    some discoloration coming from the scars. The scars aren't every deep

    but are still quite obvious. The texture of my

    skin is quite dry, and quite course. Please help me, thankyou :)

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