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philly #1

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  1. After reviewing the many scar treatment options, I feel Fraxel is my best option. I have some minor/moderate rolling scars and I hear Fraxel can be quite effective for this type of scarring.

    I did go to an consultation back in August but upon examening further issues, I have a few worries that weren't present when I went to the consulation.. I am thinking about calling to make an appointment but I wanted to gain some feedback from the quality members of this board.

    I have a few questions to the people who have had Fraxel before:

    1) I do remember the Dr. saying there are risks associated with Fraxel as their is with any medical procedure. He mentioned some rare problems are patchiness of the hair growth on the face, discoloring parts of the face (pigmentation) What are the other risks with Fraxel and how rare are they?? Has anyone had any problems after getting Fraxel done and if so, how severe?

    2) My face is pretty clear right now. I would say its been a good 5 years since I have had moderate active acne. THe last few years has been more or less some minor pimples here and there. ALthough, the moderate/severe acne that I had back when I was 14/15 has left the scarring I am looking to improve right now. WHat are the chances that Fraxel could cause me to breakout in active acne after the procedure, is this common? This would really bother me as it would most likely cancel any benefit I obtain from the procedure I feel. Is it common to suffer acne that you wouldn't have experienced if you didnt proceed with Fraxel?

    3) I have an extremely oily face. The dr. said that not only does Fraxel improve scarring, it will reduce the activity of my sebacious glands and as a result, wont have as much oil on my face. If this infact true, it would be a huge positive for me to proceed with Fraxel as the oily complexion does bother me. Although, I dont know if the Doc was saying this to appease me. Anyone have any info to share regarding this issue?

    4) What the regime/routine after getting a Fraxel done? I can definitly follow the Dr's instructions immediately after the procedure (3-4days) but my life is going to be extremely busy and dont want to be going through a routine (applications of creams) weeks after the procedure.

    If I do have any questions, I will make sure to list them in this thread. I appreciate anyone who take the time to answer a anxious young man's worries.

    THanks!!

  2. I have my 1st Fraxel Laser Scheduled this upcoming week. I am 21 yr old male and I havent had significant active acne for about 5 yrs now. I do have some concerns although I have heard Fraxel 2 is the best possible treatment of rolling scars, which I have. In addition, its been noted Fraxel's significant lower downtime when comparing Co2 lasers.

    I do have a few questions. Sensible responses would be greatly appreciated.

    1) Im worried about the downtime/ healing regime. I plan on going to vacation in the next month or so. How sensitive will my face be to the sun after getting this done? I am fairly fair skin. I do understand my face will be extremely sensitive to the sun within 1 week of each procedure but beyond that will my face be much more sensitive to the sun vs. if I didnt go through with it?

    2) How important or crucial is it to follow the healing regime and put the creams and ointments on your face after getting each procedure done? I dont want to be tied down to this routine and worry about the creams causing me to breakout with acne that I wouldnt have suffered if I simply didnt put the stuff on my face. For how many days following the fraxel must you place creams on your face for dryness and redness b]

    3) I have a very oily complexion. The Dr. said Fraxel also promotes the reduction of the sebacious glands, which will cause less sebum on my face. Is this infact true or did he simply say this to satisfy me since I let it be known the oily face is bothersome?

    4) The Dr. was adament about getting full face rather than spot treatments for uniformity. Yet, I only have a concentrated area of scaring on my cheecks and chin.

    5) Finally, the closest doc who performs the most updated Fraxel 2 is Dr Katz in Warrington, the suburbs of Philly.. Does anyone have any valuable comments regarding him with Fraxel. He seemed very knowledgeable and kind.

  3. Hi,

    I have traditionally used Neutrogena or Aveeno for the acne on my face. However, where I reside, the winter months are extremely cold and these acne medicated soaps cause my skin to become dry since I have sensitive skin.

    As a result, I have been looking at other alternatives that will cause less dryness yet not cause me to breakout. I like using something out a container/ bottle for my face like neutrogena/aveeno products come in rather than bar soaps such as Dove. As such, I went to store today and saw they have have Dove Sensitive Skin Body Wash in a bottle, I bought this product but now hesitant to use it on my face. I dont know if Body Wash means you arent supposed to use that on acne prone face??? I know Dove has a good reputation for with people that have acne yet dont want to use the acne medicated soaps, I know alot of dermatoligists reccommend Dove. I used to use Dove Sensitive Skin and it seemed to work fine.

    If there are no other alternatives, I will go back to Dove Bar Soap but ideally I would like a containters. Also does a product have to explicitly state non-comodgenic to not cause breakouts or can products not say that yet will not cause breakouts. This Dove Body Wash doesnt say non comogenic...

    Generally what soap do you guys think is best on someone who has mild/moderate present acne. Should you use some neutral dove soap then apply medications seperately or buy a soap specifically formulated for acne like neutrogena or aveenO?

  4. I have suffered moderate/severe acne from the ages of 13-16 but now im 20 and only get the occasional pimples on my temple areas. I have not any signficant breakouts in about 4 years which includes my face.

    Although it has left some scarring on my cheeks and chin area, this has bothered me so much in recent years. The scars are by no means deep like ice picket marks, infact most of the scarring is somewhat light although it has left red marks, which bothers me even more.

    I have heard that red marks go away after awhile but i havent had any real acne on my cheeks for 4 years, yet the red marks remain from over 5 years ago when the breakouts occurred, so im loosing hope that they will ever dissapear.

    I do have about 5 dark red/purple marks, ive heard marks this color are the ones that leave scarring, so i know these marks probably wont go away unless some surgical procedure occurrs.

    I want to get surgerical procedure done but i dont know how about going through this, should i mention it to my general practioner or derm and ask he refers me to someone? I asked my derm about the getting something done since infact he does surgical procedures for acne scarring but he refused stating that the scarring i have is not severe and should be left alone, but even with this it still bothers me.

    Given i provided the kind of scarring/marks i have, what sort of surgical procedure would be appropriate for me. Should i get this type of procedure done in a regular hospital or a center for this type of surgical procedure is sufficient.

    Please reply with your comments

  5. Im 20 years old and get some minor acne on my forehead area but i dont need any sort of surgery there because there really is no marks/or scars. My main problem is my cheeks, i dont have at all severe or even moderate scarring. I would say minor scarring- no deep identations or holes just slight uneveness throughout. I havent had considerable active acne on my face for a good 3 years, i get the pimple here and there once a while but nothing severe at all.

    My chin area has some more pronounced scarring but again not severe- more developed scarring and again havent had active acne for good 4-5 years.

    It weird my acne was worst at 13-15, then around 15-16 it settled down without meds.

    The problem now is i have red marks( not purple, which are usually known for bad scarring) scattered throughout my cheeks that are very bothersome since its looks like i have broken out recently, which isnt true.

    WHat kind of facial sugery would be recommended for me. Will they even do surgery on me since im only 20 years old. I know they are strict about not operating when active acne is still present but like i said its been a good 3-4 years since then, now is all the markings left from those years...

  6. I figured they dont cover scar treatments. As many on these boards, i have had some mental problems and all arrised when i started suffering acne. I just figured maybe if you could convince insurance comp. that the acne scars are effecting your mental well being maybe they would consider...

    I would think the first step in having any chance at recovering some sort of insurance coverage is to see a certified MD ( psychologist). If you have at least a professional backing you up, the the case looks strong. As of know, i have never seen a shrink and havent suffered severe mental problems, i am just very self concious of my face, that's all and if the scars/spots were removed, i really believe my confidence would return as well..

    I function, go to school, have a job... So the only motivation in seeing a shrink would the be for insurance relief for the surgery.

    I could understand if they dont cover it completely but even partly would be nice!

  7. Now im completely unknowledgeable in this area but for starters under certain circumstances insurance does not cover acne scar removal via plastic surgery( laser treatment), right???

    But one important question to ask since it seems that there are many members of these boards who have suffered mental disorders(depression, generalized anxiety, obsessive complusive disorder) and claim it all started when acne started, if you go to a psychologist for mental problems and you and your doctor definitly comprehend the the root of the problem as when acne occured thus the scarring, its one assumption that if the marks were removed via surgery the problem would go away as well... Now since mental assistance ( therapy and medicine) is covered under insurance would scar removal if was the reason for the abnormalities of the brain be covered under insurance as well?

  8. I have read many articles on net on what causes androgenic alopecia( male pattern baldness) and acne and both mention high levels of increased free testosterone and high activity of the 5 alpha reductuse, an enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT, a powerful androgen responsible for the minimization of the hair follicles and the creation of the excess oil ( sebum) oil and thus the acne?

    A Few questions...

    1) They are people that have dry skin yet still suffer the acne, this defeats this agrument?

    2) there are people with oily skin yet dont suffer acne, so that defeats this argument also?

    3) And last i have never read an article from which any qualified doctor stated male baldness and male teen acne are related yet i read what causes both things and they seem they are related. Ihave never read any sort of article even suggesting that they are related, i have never even read an article where they say if a male experiences acne as a teen, then they have greater chance of suffering male pattern baldness....

    ANy insight on this

  9. I have read many articles on net on what causes androgenic alopecia( male pattern baldness) and acne and both mention high levels of increased free testosterone and high activity of the 5 alpha reductuse, an enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT, a powerful androgen responsible for the minimization of the hair follicles and the creation of the excess oil ( sebum) oil and thus the acne?

    A Few questions...

    1) They are people that have dry skin yet still suffer the acne, this defeats this agrument?

    2) there are people with oily skin yet dont suffer acne, so that defeats this argument also?

    3) And last i have never read an article from which any qualified doctor stated male baldness and male teen acne are related yet i read what causes both things and they seem they are related. Ihave never read any sort of article even suggesting that they are related, i have never even read an article where they say if a male experiences acne as a teen, then they have greater chance of suffering male pattern baldness....

    ANy insight on this

  10. cause acne.

    I asked my derm this question I said to him " if you dont wash your face or any other part of the body that has acne present, does it worsen the active acne that you already have" and i also asked "if you dont have any active acne in one area but have had some in that area in the past, will it cause acne that wouldnt be there otherwise", he told me NO, it is all controlled by hormones/

    Well, i reconize some days when i am busy and have things to do or i am just lazy and dont wash my face as soon as i wake up in the morning and wait a few hours, i usually break out worse than the days that i wash my face right after i wake up in the morning. I do a very oily face, so im thinking that the sebum itself can cause acne.

    What do you guys think???

  11. I was wondering if anybody on the boards have asked if if crying causes acne on acne prone skin, not the actual process of crying but the teary substance that runs down your cheek...

    I ask because when i get bad colds and allergies, i get very teary eyed and tears will run down my face, a few days later like 2 or 3 it seems i break out more than usual, is there any correlation??

    Also, when i have a stuffy or runny nose and that gewy stuff drips out of your nose, when that snot drips on my chin and moiuth area it seems like i break out then too. SO has anybody else had any issues with this??

  12. Hello, i have had an oily complexion for some time now, it gets really annoying. I started to get it at 14 and now nearing 20 it is still present.

    I thought this was a phase that i was going through and i would eventually grow out of this stage, did i have false hope or will it decrease with age?

    Will this go away and when??

    I dont have bad acne on my face just mild, and it seems like when i dont wash my face when i wake up and let the oil on my face build up for a few hours, i break out. WHen i wash my face as soon as i wake up it seems like it prevents breakouts or at leasts minimizes it.

    Does this make sense or am i being over paranoid? Can just oily buildup on the skin cause breakouts?

  13. I have been using Aveeno Clear Complexion Bar for my face, it contains .5 saliyic acid, it seems to work pretty good for me. Have you heard any thing about this product?

    I have been using Aveeno for at least 4 years for my face, i really liked when they had the oatmeal acne bar, that stuff really worked and this new stuff is not as effective. I have mild acne on my face, mild breakout 2 or 3 pimples every 2 weeks maybe but i still have oily skin. Do you recommend anything for my face??

    You did mention frangrance soaps what about deodorant soaps like Irish Spring

    I have heard mixed stories about deodorant and frangrance soaps on acne skin.Like i said, i have seen negative comments suggesting it justs irritates and aggrivates the acne even more. But i also have heard postives about these kind os soaps, they say that strong strengh is good at killing the bacteria that causes acne, and it drys the pimple up making it at least even and not inflamed

    What do you think??

  14. I Put ZoDerm on my back every night, it contains 4.5 BP. It really has evened out my skin, i never had any cysts on my back, But i did have alot of moderate acne spread throughout my back.

    Now my back is dry and red but there really is no active pimples on the surface which is great!!!!!

    Also when i told him i have been using Dove Sensitive Skin Soap, he recommended Dial because it is antibacterial and Dove is not. In turn bacteria causes acne to people who are prone to it. He said i could stick to Dove, but still recommended me changing to Dial/

    I thought with the topical medication a nice mild soap like Dove would be OK, and Dial may aggrivate my skin.

    Also, i saw the original Dial soap, has a mild frangrance which scared me a bit. Obviously the strong antibacterial deodorant is good for arm pits, private areas, and anywhere under the waste to sustain good hygiene. But for my back i thought using a frangrance and or deodorant soap would be too irritating. Any info you can add????

  15. Frances,

    I just went to the derm today concerning lack of hygiene. To sum it up, i had compulsion and anxiety problems that prevented me from washing my whole body, i would just wash my face when taking 2 showers a day. To avoid smelling, i would simply wear deodorant and then wash every night with Strong Antibacterial soap Irish Spring. And i would rinse my whole body with hot water to kill any surface bacteria. I would wash my body with soap whenever i sweat playing sports, or going somewhere formal but mainly all i would do is go to school and come home so i thought daily cleaning was not necessary

    some of the other reasons why i did not wash other parts of the body were that i only had acne initially on my face and nowhere else, so i was not concerned with any other body part. Well 2 years later, in 2001 i started to get back acne. I today asked my derm if there was a link or correalation between not washing my back and consquiently breaking out, or was i doomed to break out on my back regardless if i washed the area.

    He told me that i was doomed to have bacne and lack of washing had nothing to do with it, he said its all about when your hormones increase in productivity at a certain time, thats what causes acne.

    I was surprised, i thought for sure he would YES to my question.

    THANKS FOR YOUR QUICK RESPONSES, FRANCES, MAY ADD MORE TO THE THIS THREAD IN THE FUTURE, SO KEEP CHECKING, TAKE CARE biggrin.gif

  16. I dont smoke reguarly or daily, a few times a year. But it seems it helps my anxiety and makes me relax with friends.

    Not every time but once or twice. i have broken out with acne a few days after taking it.

    Was this just a coincidence or do you think this is related??

    This question is directed of course to people who are prone to acne, it wont have any effect on someone that really has had no history of this condition.

  17. Cause acne???

    I have been depressed for some time because of acne and was thinking of going on antidepressants to treat my anxiety, and some depression.

    I have heard that one of the side effects of the drugs is acne. That would be horrible, because acne is the thing that has made me depressed.

    SO, i definitly dont want to go on any antidepressants if it causes acne>

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