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Everything posted by Birdie

  1. Thanks for posting the study. I only used it occasionally before but when I read that I decided to try it on a regular basis for a few months. I'm seeing improvement with scars and it's also great for fine lines. I also wanted to add, I no longer have active acne, these are old scars on my cheeks, the rolling kind, also some scars there from laser surgery (which I don't recommend).
  2. That's true! Everyone has something they don't like about their appearance.
  3. It's normal to think that way, even to obsess a little. We all do it from time to time. We were handed a rough deal with a skin disease that can be psychologically devastating. So give yourself a break - it's a tough thing, and it's OK to be bummed out. Just try to find some balance. I wasn't always good at this, it took me a while. Give yourself the luxury of obsessing for a while from time to time, guilt free. But once you've had a good obsess session, train yourself to dismiss these tho
  4. Ello, you can do good things, too. But don't feel like you need to do the things he does. Find your own style. Maybe you care about the environment, or maybe you are just a good listener for your friends to tell their troubles to. There are many ways of doing good in this world. Sometimes the good you can do is close by. So don't look to him so much for how you should be - he is himself, but you are you. Get to know yourself and find out about how wonderful you are. Find your own way to
  5. Update: I like the one from Real Purity, it's very gentle (natural ingredients).
  6. My two big mistakes: 1. Not going on Accutane (I had a really bad case of cystic acne) 2. Getting invasive laser skin resurfacing (left me worse off than before I started) Not doing 1, then doing 2, cost me money, pain, and agony. I can't really blame myself for either. For 1., I was young, nobody was looking after me, and I didn't know any better. For 2., I trusted doctors would put healing above $ (now I know better). Acne is a really serious skin disease, don't let anyone trivialize i
  7. One really bad lighting situation is riding on the DC metro (equivalent of the NYC subway) at night. It's as bright as an operating room. Another place is hair salons. I used to go to a couple with harsh spotlighting, but stopped going because I couldn't stand looking at myself like that for an hour, without even being able to use my hair to hide. Also restaurants and bars - I don't get it. You go there with friends or a date, and you want to look your best and have fun. So there is a sp
  8. I'm seeing some results if I use it consistently and more than they recommend. It's also great for reducing wrinkles (fine lines).
  9. I tried a lot of things but nothing worked, really. I'm seeing some improvement with Retin A right now, I think before I wasn't using enough.
  10. Laser resurfacing made my problem worse. I actually had seen one dermatologist who said, don't do it, it is a waste of money. An angel from God, that I chose to ignore, in my foolishness. Determined to get it done, I went to a plastic surgeon, who saw $ signs and said, sure, he'd do it. I ended up with strange white scars, worse than before. The damage was done by his going in too deep (as two subsequent plastic surgeons told me he had done). In the year following, I did research and found
  11. I totally doubted it myself. I had a zillion of them! Really stubborn deep ones. They had been making themselves at home there on my nose for years. Maybe it won't work for others, but I thought it was worth sharing. And it's a cheap thing to try. I was way past being surprised about anything, and this surprised me. I have been using Zapzyt 10% Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Gel. I got it from drugstore.com. I did a search on it just now, it was only $5. Also in the search results, I
  12. I'm not saying it will work for everyone. But I have seen remarkable results. So I thought I'd share in case it helps someone. I haven't had pimples in many years, my problem has been coping with the blackheads on my nose and the scars from the pimples. Anyway, I read about the science of why Benzyol Peroxide works on blackheads and it made sense. Essentially, the key is that it kills the bacteria and clears out the pore. I thought, OK, I'm going to give this a good try. I thought, I have
  13. It sounds like you have an HMO? Can you call to switch treatment centers/primary care physicians (tell them you want to go to the one near work or whatever) so that way you can get referred to another dermatologist for your follow up? That one you saw sounds terrible and did not give you the level of care you deserve. Or if you have some extra money, you might want to also invest in just going to a good dermatologist and paying for it - I am thinking an office visit should be about $75. Your
  14. Please give it some thought before getting CO2 or Erbium laser surgery. It's a very invasive procedure - you are literally walking around skinned until it heals. When it goes wrong (and I've run across lots more than my case where it went wrong), it goes really wrong. I had Erbium laser on my face, and it left me with more scars than I had when I went in. And another doctor I saw said most people do not see improvement with CO2 laser. When it was over, I'd have been happy to have spent $5,0
  15. I agree, I don't think the picture needed to be posted like this. That's a real human being behind that picture. Poor guy.
  16. I had 10 or 12 treatments (forget which) and saw no improvement. I had it done at a plastic surgeon's office, but a technician did the procedure. She assured me there would be improvement if I kept at it. Then after the last treatment, the doctor stopped in and said, "Oh, you're doing it for scars? It doesn't go deep enough to help with scars." Yet another $1000 gone that I wish I had back... Consider it a facial, not a scar or acne treatment.
  17. 2 months or so after my third smoothbeam treatment for scars (I no longer have active breakouts.) All told - consultation, numbing cream, treatments - the 3 treatments cost me $900. My conclusion is there was no improvement. I thought so first, but I think that might have just been swelling.
  18. I'm kind of glad to know I'm not the only one who feels this way, but in a way, I wish I was the only one, because then you all wouldn't be feeling so bad about it, too. I know the usual things to say are, don't worry about it, focus on the good things, etc. Why are businesses so clueless? Bad lighting is a friend to nobody - those of us with scars are not the only ones bad lighting doesn't flatter - so the thing that amazes me is that people actually get PAID to design lighting for a comme
  19. It's been 2 weeks since my last (3rd) smoothbeam and I think I may see slight improvement with the scars. What is real and what is wishful thinking, I'm not sure. I'll keep an eye on things and report back...
  20. missbusybee, good luck! GoldRex, I saw no result on the scars from this procedure - if there was a benefit, it was very insignificant. I don't want to discourage you, however, if this may help you. I'm just saying what happened to me. Maybe you could try this on a small area first, then decide.
  21. Nice job, Tamara! That really illustrates the lighting issue very well.
  22. missbusybee, I personally would not recommend CO2 or Erbium laser. Another plastic surgeon said his patients who had laser surgery for acne scars were disappointed by it, and he did not recommend it anymore. Occasionally you do meet an honest plastic surgeon. My best advice would be to try the less expensive treatments first, or try things out on a smaller scale to see if they will be effective before spending more money. I wish I had done this. I read an article about it once in a medical
  23. Miss Shady, are you feeling any better now? Please realize that the way you are feeling now will not last, so hang in there. Your life really will get better, I'm living proof of that. Of course I wish I didn't have scars, but you know what? Things would have come too easily for me in life if this had never happened, and it would have taken me a lot longer to have evolved as a person. Remember, this suffering is making you a stronger, more thoughtful, and more considerate person. Suffering
  24. craterhaters, just IMHO, I'd stop and think a little longer before spending the $10,000. I've had dermabrasion, laser surgery (Yag Erbium), phenol peel, N-Lite, microdermabrasion with little or no improvement and I look worse than before because the laser surgery left more scars. Update: Add Smoothbeam to that list, no improvement. After that, TCA peel, little if any improvement. Sculptra injections, little if any improvement. I'm seeing the best results with Retin A, the texture of my s