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  1. Just another weekly update from me. So as of today I'm 100% clear, but I did breakout really bad on Wednesday. When I woke up that morning I had no acne, but work stressed me out so much (alot more then usual) that when I got home I saw 6 inflamed pimples. I popped the white heads out and applied some retin-a on them. I then went and got a chemical peel on Thursday. On Friday they were pretty much all gone, and on Saturday there was no sign that they were ever there, no redness or anything. So
  2. I take two a day but I don't ever flush so it's not a problem for me. In the morning I take 250 mg on an empty stomach, and in the evening I take 500 mg after eating dinner. It seems to work for me, but I don't know if it will for you. Only one way to find out.
  3. I did the ViPeel and I will say that it's the best peel I've had. However one peel won't cure all if you have alot of red marks. In fact the first peel was minimal in improvement. However after the second one I saw a significant improvement. I did the peels 3 months apart and I will do another one in one more month.
  4. Were your redmarks bad and how long did you have them before doing an aqua glycolic peel?
  5. Another week has gone by and another week with a clear face. This is the 3rd straight week where I've had no acne. It's a mile stone for sure because I haven't had 5 straight days with no breakouts since 2001. Even when I was taking antibiotics last year I still got at least 1 or 2 a week. I'm not going to say it's all the niacin's doing, but it definitely hasn't hurt. I'm going to keep on taking it and keep up with my routines. I'm kind of nervous that my acne will come back, but I'm going to
  6. I'm sure there are risks, but as of yet I haven't shown any symptoms. I don't even flush when on the bottle it clearly states that is is the flushing kind. I take 250 mg in the morning and 500 mg at night.
  7. Just keeping everyone updated with my experience with Niacin. If anyone has read my old post they can see how I've progressed. I've been on Niacin for about 6 weeks now. As of right now I'm totally clear, but I don't know if niacin is the main reason why. Back about 3 weeks ago I did have a breakout with about 5 pimples that did get inflamed. It took about 2 weeks and now they're gone. About 2 weeks ago I also did a ViPeel. That could also be another reason why I'm totally clear. All I know is
  8. So it has now been about 2 weeks since I've taken Niacin and I wanted to keep everyone updated. I'm now taking 250 mg in the morning and 500 mg at night. I eat a meal before taking the pills and I do not flush whatsoever even though on the bottle it says it's the flushing kind. As for my acne I've seen a decrease to one or two a week, however (this is the really encouraging part) my acne doesn't become inflamed. Normally these little pint size acne will turn big and red, but since I've been t
  9. JimSta which brand are you using? Is it regular Niacin or flush free. The brand I'm using is called "Finest" and it is the flush variety, however I don't ever seem to flush.
  10. I'm trying Niacin right now. I've been taking 2 250mg tablets each day for the past 3 days. Thus far I've had no new acne show up and the ones that I had are fading away. I'm hopeful this will cure me, but I won't hold my breath. I'll try to update my status about once a week.
  11. Good to see you here. I guess like you I've been obsessed with fixing my face. There are times when I think it's finally gone, but then it comes right back. I do what I can and I hope I talk to you some more.

  12. Just wanted to update everyone on my peel. The brown crust started peeling off between days 3-5 with the last of it on day 5. My face is normal looking again, but there are little patches where my skin is really pink however the pink discoloration is fading little by little everyday. Overall I think the peel improved my face very marginally. There are places where it worked great (my temple area) and there are places where I didn't see that much improvement (my cheeks). I'll keep getting peels s
  13. I'm kind of freaking out right now. I got a glycolic acid peel yesterday and today I have this dark crust. Underneath that dark crust I can make out some very pink skin. Is this normal? How long before this peels off?
  14. I just got a VI Peel done today. In 7 days you're suppose to get really good results. I'll let you know in 7 days if my red marks go away.
  15. Those are some deep scars so a peel won't help you too much. In fact I have scars like that. You'll need something that can dig deep into the skin and help promote collagen. Consult your derm and see what type of laser procedure they can do for you.
  16. Alright it's been about 6 months later. I went back for my followup and I saw my before and after pics. I would estimate that I'm about 70% better. I'm really impressed with the laser and I would definitely recommend this to anyone. I'm going to be doing this one more time. The doctor has explained to me since I took the last procedure so well he'll up the intensity on the laser this time around. This will add an extra day to my recovery but the benefits far out way the extra day of social dow
  17. I've been using the proactiv toner, but I'm in the market for a new one. This might just be the one I'm looking for. By the way is this the following link the toner that you're using? If so I need to order some for myself. http://www.aviva.ca/shop/products.asp?item...6&catid=158
  18. You're Asian right? Your skin is exactly like my skin and my scars looked exactly like that. After I finally got rid of all my acne I had a bunch of those discolorations and indention. The derm told me to wait like 6 months because they were suppose to eventually fill up and go away. Well 6 months passed and I still had the exact same problem. So I went out and did a smartxide dot laser procedure. It took some time but about 5 months since the procedure my face has become pretty smooth. The red
  19. Best thing to do is ask your doctor or whoever that performed your peel. They can probably help you out better then us.
  20. Day 3: my face is itchy, and I'm starting to peel around my lip area. My face is still very dark and and discolored. My sister who knows me best has commented on how much smoother and more even my complexion appears. I still can't say for certain how much better my face has gotten until my face fully peels, but things are looking good and my face is still looking even toned.
  21. Update for day 2: Lots of redmarks, millions of small pin holes, and discolored skin. On the upside my skin looks even. I can barely spot those deep pitted scars. This could be a temporary thing because right now my skin is all crusted, and given a couple more days my face should be peeling. After my skin peels I'll see what's left behind and then I can more accurately tell what percent improvement my face has made. Also no more burning pain when I wash my face. My skin doesn't feel baby soft a
  22. Just wanted to update you guys and tell you on this first day my face hurts like heck everytime I wash it or put a moisturizing lotion on it. I immediately have to stick my face in the freezer for about a minute or so to cool it down. I'm alright with the pain though. Makes me feel like the laser did it's job and that my skin is getting better.
  23. So today I had a smartxide dot laser procedure done. Supposedly it's the most advanced laser resurfacing technology out there. It's suppose to give you close to the results of the best CO2 laser without the month long recovery time. If you want more info just go to this link: http://www.innovationsmedspa.com/smartxide_dot.php I've got some before pictures that I took and I'll take some after pics as well. I'll post them up in my gallery sometime this week. I just got to recover some first. T
  24. After 8 years of bad acne I'm finally acne free thanks to Sweetheart519 recommending Dr. Nguyen to me (thanks sweetheart). It's been about 2 months since I've been totally clear and while the doc has told me I should wait several months before seeing a plastic surgeon I don't think I can wait. Sure I could wait a couple more months and see these scars disappear on their own, but I'm not going to hold my breath thinking they'll all go away. In all likelyhood even if I wait one more year the scars