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jay7

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  • Birthday 11/11/1964

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  1. Yay, my first new post on acne.org for ages! I was out with a friend the other night and he started arguing with someone about sunscreens being potentially bad for you if used all of the time. He said it doesn't let the body produce enough vitamin D.... Now I don't want to be controversial but I think he may be right. I first noticed my T-zone skin getting a little porey and icky a few years ago. I still get cysts too. Anyway, over the next few months I saw some dermatologists and a skin
  2. The best comment I had (this was 19 years ago and I still remember it) was "Did a cat attack the end of your nose...?"
  3. Hi plshelp I had a scar identical to yours on the tip of my nose (icepick) plus a shallow wider one (boxcar) next to it. I had them both punch elevated a year ago. The icepick didn't respond at all (too deep) but the boxcar looked great for a few months...until the incision from the punch elevation decided to indent and leave a little c-shaped scar which isn't too bad, I guess, but still noticeable. So, I had the icepick scar TCA crossed by a great derm, but everyone can make mistakes. Tha
  4. Yeah, it's a funny thing (actually, not that funny), that you don't realise what you've got 'til it's gone . I used to be so much against messing too much with hair and skin. My ex had some scarring from acne when she was young and she was put on roaccutane (Australian - same as Accutane I'm guessing...?). More or less cleared her acne but she still ended up with scars - still beautiful nevertheless. Anyway a number of years back she wanted to try peels, lasers anything to fix her pitted c
  5. da is the highest and my skin wasnt clear now im breakin out more than ever =( Yeah, I'm totally with you on retin a (I'm using gel, not the micro though; can't get micro in Australia). I'm in a bind though because it's done good things for my sebaceous hyperplasia and blackheads...but overall my skin which looked pretty crap before now looks crap and weird (pale, thin, stripped, odd - maybe fraxel did this, maybe retin a, maybe both ) . I'd thought it was the solution for my skin probs bu
  6. Actually, I'm pleased to tell you that you're mom's wrong The 'power' of the flash lighting isn't what does it, it's more the softness, harshness, angle etc of the light. I know for myself that full on hard sunlight, of all things, directly in my face makes me look my best surprisingly. It fills in all the pores etc with light (if it's at the correct angle; otherwise it can suck if it's from the side...), also it gives me cheekbones . Yeah actually same here, when I go out in the
  7. Actually, I'm pleased to tell you that you're mom's wrong The 'power' of the flash lighting isn't what does it, it's more the softness, harshness, angle etc of the light. I know for myself that full on hard sunlight, of all things, directly in my face makes me look my best surprisingly. It fills in all the pores etc with light (if it's at the correct angle; otherwise it can suck if it's from the side...), also it gives me cheekbones .
  8. Yeah, I learnt the reason for the lighting thing when I took up photography seriously years ago. Most skin imperfections are reddish and under a light which is red, yellow or orange (ie the same sort of colouring) they will reflect more light and appear paler therefore blending with the surrounding skin. Fluoro light is actually green (our brain compensates for this and makes it white) and red things will not reflect as much light when under it and will therefore appear darker and will contrast
  9. jay7

    tca cross

    Hey Iriska I had a shot at some enlarged pores today with the same kit that you got. I finally decided to get back on the TCA cross horse after my nasty experience with a derm-performed one on my nose tip that you may have read about in my earlier posts - that's looking a little better, by the way, but it's still got a long way to go... And now that I've performed some crossing myself I'm really quite pissed at how negligent he must have been to overdo it so badly :| ; it's not so difficult
  10. jay7

    tca cross

    Hmm, I'll be in a good position to answer that question in a month or two - an icepick scar on my nose was savagely over-crossed a few weeks ago and I'm waiting patiently for collagen fill in :confused: . I'll keep you posted...
  11. jay7

    tca cross

    Yeah, I had read somewhere about the dangers of nose-crossing but couldn't find it again when I Googled a month or so ago... . Something to do with the thinner skin and less circulation etc. from memory. But it's so much the nose thing, it was just unfortunately a sloppy job! I'm seeing him tomorrow to see what he can advise to keep the area healing - there's hope for it yet maybe - it's still a wound, not yet a scar. Oh and if anyone's got any advice on how to encourage the body to keep heal
  12. jay7

    tca cross

    Just a reminder to anyone having TCA cross done by a dermatologist or at home with a kit... It's not foolproof, and is not to be taken lightly. I've had eight done - all by a very well respected derm - 7 are great, 1 (my most important and most noticeable) is shaping up to be disastrous . It was an icepick I've had for many years at the tip of my nose. I had it punch elevated and fraxelled last year and neither treatment did a thing for this particular scar. So, three weeks ago, I had it TC
  13. Ditto . Yezzir 1, macguyver 0. As someone who used to google and then pore over these acne.org pages (around about the time I had already committed myself to expensive treatments) I can only re-state what Yezzir says - no-one should confuse TCA cross with TCA peels (and for a registered nurse to apparently deliberately do so is irresponsible). This nonsense about "If your so call research shows that using tca in percentage strong enough to cause your skin to actually bleed and scab up is rel
  14. Yeah, I mean I love my derm (in a platonic way ) but alas they (...and their employees ) are in the position of having to make money and seems to me they'll try and push a more expensive treatment over a relative 'cheapie' like TCA cross. I wouldn't even have known about it if it weren't for this site... My derm said most of his clients prefer the minimal downtime and post-care of lasers - not me, gimme an end result, screw the downtime !
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