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  1. alternativista, I understand that you're talking about topical application of linoleic acid. But based on your research, what is your internal recommendation? The reason I ask is because for those of us that get cystic acne in, let's say, multiple locations, we would have to literally bathe in the stuff to prevent all acne. What do you think?
  2. So let me get this straight. With the previous structure, the multiple forums made it extremely easy for users to find specific posts containing specific information, but it inconvenienced the moderators. So the solution is to draconianly slash the number of forums all the way down to...... 22? What the heck was it before? 25? All I see here is that you eliminated THE ONLY FORUMS I look at on this website: Severe acne, oily skin, and hypertrohic scars. Sorry, but I am NOT going to waste
  3. Sorry to hear about that appointment. Keep at it, and keep searching for dermatologists too, not just plastic surgeons.
  4. It's definitely worth a shot to see what he thinks. I went to one and we couldn't do any surgical removal because there were so many scars and they were just a little too big.
  5. I've read a little about it. It sounds like rather than freezing the scars from the outside, cryoshape freezes them from the inside by sticking a probe directly through the scar and this supposedly leads to better results. It sounds like because of this probe, cryoshape is only practical for keloids that are actually big enough to fit the probe. Thus, cryoshape sounds like it can't even be used on smaller acne-related keloids. Haven't read about it in a while though.
  6. I'm basically your twin. Dozens of keloids on chest/shoulders. Haven't been publicly shirtless in years. I've spoken with 3-5 dermatologists... had 12ish steroid injection sessions, 5-7ish laser sessions. Basically, I've lost count I've had a lot of treatment sessions. Here is my advice for you: (1) Find a very good, aggressive dermatologist When my scars (5ish years old) were initially injected with steroids, the doctor tried 5mg concentration and then 10mg concentration. Nothing h
  7. yelloh, All of those side effects are normal. Do you remember the name of the CO2 laser? I've had a very hard time finding any doctor or medical literature that suggests CO2 lasers would improve redness. They all think of the PDL as a 'gold standard' even though it hasn't done jack shit for me. I'm not trying to say you tried that laser for nothing; I'm trying to say congratulations on finding a doctor with the balls to try something aggressively. By the way, when I received lase
  8. Ok, so what are the arguments AGAINST this entire thread? You and Bryan seem pretty sure that anti-androgens will solve oily skin issues for a lot of people. So why not we all (males and females) just take saw palmetto and call it a day? /devil's advocate
  9. I think you applied too much. Also, make sure to rub it in well when putting it on. I've recently started trying milk of magnesia.
  10. Is there a reason you object to traditional treatments performed by a trained doctor, such as steroid injections?
  11. More injections, silicon sheets, radiation, etc. Maybe a combination treatment of injections and pulsed dye laser? Ask your dermatologist. He's likely going to recommend more injections.
  12. CO2 lasers? Not a good first step. Step 1: See a dermatologist who has experience with keloids and hypertrophic scars. If your scars are normal skin color, then steroid injections should work out great to flatten them and that should be all you need. If your scars are red, treatment may be a bitch. The redness of the scar is just very hard to treat. As another poster noted, pulsed dye lasers such as the vbeam are touted as great for reducing size and redness, but also for me, they haven't
  13. It's probably normal. I've had tons of keloid steroid injections and I've never actually noticed if they were redder and bigger the next day haha. Ugly is ugly to me so I never really noticed the details. Were they redder and bigger immediately after the injection, meaning that the doctor saw the reaction? If so, then the doctor probably knows what he's doing and I wouldn't worry about it. If they got redder and bigger overnight, then I guess that might be unusual? Then again it might not be.
  14. Have they improved by themselves over the two years? If so, it may be best to just let them fade on their own. From my research, CO2 lasers are not the first step treatment in treating hypertrophic scars. Doctors love to start with steroid injections. Through my personal experiences, steroids flattened my keloids but didn't do much for the redness. Medical literature seems to love pulsed dye lasers, such as the vbeam laser. Everything you read about PDL says it flattenes hypertrophic scars an
  15. ^ I don't know if I'd call it a high chance, but there is a chance. If you've had several treatments and the keloid is almost flat, but the doctor wants to do one more treatment of high concentration steroid, then it's likely to indent. You and your doctor have to get a feel for it after each treatment. For example, for me, 20 mg/mL was too low of a concentration of steroid; it didn't do anything. 40 mg/mL was too much, it caused the scars to shrink quickly so it was hard to predict if the scars