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  1. moshmosh

    i need help for scar + acne

    i need help. what kind of acne/scar is this? what kind of treatment should i get. this is my first time im having this kind of breakouts. it is really scary and i have loss my confidence
  2. So I am 18 and i still have some active acne but i am wondering if the marks on my face are indented scars or just pigmentation. I started useing differin 5 weeks ago for the acne, will that combat these marks, and if they are scars will differin even them out?
  3. I'd really appreciate if you tell me the type of my scars and the best solutions for treating them. I'm 29 years old. I've had this scars for 10 years and what bugs me a lot is the biggest linear scar which has ruined my life! So I'd like to know if there is any treatment to improve that one or it'is just a waste of money.
  4. Let me know if I need to be worried about scarring with this acne. I think I have it under control now, I just need to know if there will be any scarring, how much, and if it will go away over time. Also what can I do to help speed up the process. When I look at my skin I see no indented scars but it has changed colors as you can see in the picture. I had just woke up in this picture and my face was a little dry.
  5. Clove20

    Week 1

    I was gonna simply go dairy free but since i dont eat that much meat and i have recently seen some animal videos i decided to try veganism for 6 months in hopes of results. so far no new break outs have been puting lemon juice on my skin every other day and it is glowing! i see my scars diminition already but its probably my imagination, its too soon:) i am taking a nutrition class in college so i am eating alot of vegitibles, beans, and tons of fruit. i am drinking about 10 glasses of water a day. i used to drink maybe 3 a day, idk why i am so thirsty lately. guys try flaxseed milk OMG it is amazing!!! i got the original its so yummy! if u dont like it plain put it in cereal or smoothies you cant taste the difference in food products!! it has 1200 MGs of omega 3s ive also been eating avacado as much as possible. all those goods fats and oils should be good for my skin! stay away from omega 6s which is bad fats like fries ect:p this isnt impossible, dont get me wrong ill have a cookie here and there, but everytime i want cheese, i think to my self " does cheese taste as good as clear skin feels?" let me know if you have any questions!!! lets hope this works for me and i could then spread the word.. ill add a picture later! promise before my acne clears up which i am very hopeful:)
  6. hello everybody Im so confused about what to do with my scars and honestly Im so scare about the laser Im 30 years old my short history: 18 years old acne treatment: antibiotics, benzac gel 24 years old accutane 20 mg for 6 months 27 years old obagi full set 3 sections of photo laser, 2 quimical peels, 1 microdermobration 29 years old accutane 40 mg 1 year its been 6 months since i finish accutane my doctor say i can go a head with the fractional laser i did research, and most dermatologist recommend 1 year after cause your face can be burn i cant find i doctor to trust all of them want to take as much as they can right away from you. Im so looking forward to treat my scars, at 29 i was to go under fractional with the technician it was so sure about it 2100 for full face 3 days lay down, the doctor of that clinic see me before and he say that is not for me because my background is easy for me to get sun burn and Im from a very sunny and hot country he told me after that if i damage my face will be not much to do cause my skin will be so sensitive and that i was to young to do it that he will recommended for older people. Now i went for consultation with another dermatologist after Accutane he didn't took the time to explain to me properly he was rushing he say he is the doctor who done that laser the most in this country --CANADA--, that i was so lucky to find him cause his prices are low because he do it a lot (with he doesn't have a good website no before after pictures i can find the name of the laser i ask him to show me pictures ti see how red i will be the only picture he show me the girl doesn't look as red and bleeding as i see in youtube videos she just look a little pink he say he is so aggressive with his laser that i need 3 times every 3 months 900 full face each time he didn't talk about lay down time he say in two days the redness will go, i ask him specific about fractional laser im thinking is not that one the one that he is planing to make to me, i ask him that if i can make it just in the most affected areas he say no because i will have different tone of skin i seen people here doing it that way, where can i find a good doctor im even thinking to wait and travel to USA or mexico my country cause here i just been expending a lot i hope im not doing it wrong canceling my appointment. it will be so good to make a topic where we recommend doctors and also can identified the ones that just want to take your money recommend my doctors or places people who have treat it the type of scars that i have i don't have money but i don't care save and travel between USA - CANADA- MEXICO better than damage my face forever thank you
  7. LostHope

    Retin-A / Chemical damage.

    Hey guys, I'm 27 and my nightmare started almost two years ago, I was using AHA's and Retin-A in an attempt to lighten some sun damage on my face (which I still have) when I realized I was doing a great deal of damage to my face. My pores became huge and stretched out on my cheeks, some are as big or bigger than the size of the tip of a ballpoint pen and have an irregular shape like someone stretched them out. I have the dreaded orange peel texture and large dents of varying depths in my face and broken capillaries, mostly on my nose but a few on my cheeks. I've never been too concerned with scarring as I had very little before, but this has consumed me. I don't know if anyone has done as much damage to their face with topicals as I have. I've tried talking to talking to family and friends about it, they told me to get over it or that I had BDD, in hindsight I've been wearing lotion since this happened because my face was dry and it does minimize some of the damage, it's still noticeable but when my face dries out it looks significantly worse. Every day I wake up with an overwhelming sense of sadness, it just feels so hopeless. The only thing that has kept me going is the belief that there is something out there that can help me, I've done endless amounts of research on scar treatments: Subcision, needling, peels, TCA cross, laser, punch excision, but I'm scared to pursue any of these treatments because harsh products are what got me into this mess in the first place. I have very little money so laser is off the table as is seeing any Dermatologists/Plastic Surgeons and even ablative lasers don't seem to do much for scarring anyway. My biggest hope has come from TCA peels and cross where people with scarring similar to mine have seen significant improvements but like I said, I'm afraid I will just make it worse. Has anyone been through a similar situation, or had scarring like I've described and treated it successfully?
  8. Hey all, I have deep acne scars over my face, which are indented. I am on the wait list for my dermatologist, but in the meantime, I continue to roll with a 2mm dermaroller. I own the highest TCA chemical peel available in the UK (30% I believe), so I'm not looking for a peel from the GP. I looked around in my area and found one that was highly rated. I understand that peels won't do anything with deep scarring and yet many GP's suggest them. From looking around, the practise of subcision is effective. I emailed the GP and had a response back. " I am a fully qualified GP with my own practice in the heart of the city and I have a specialist interest in Facial Aesthetics. I have qualified as an Advanced Level Practitioner in numerous Cosmetic Injectable Techniques & Procedures. I am also a Facial Aesthetics Tutor and has successfully trained several practitioners over the years with regards to Cosmetic Injectables so you know you are in safe hands.For scarring I use dermal fillers and dermapen for optimum results. With this combination treatment, get fantastic results. 3 - 4 sessions are required, each 4-6 weeks apart. Each session is £400. I would suggest a free consultation for me to assess your scarring and decide on optimum treatment. We can then proceed if you so wish.I appreciate you have deep scars - I also use TCA chemical peels for this. Subcision is not my preferred choice, but we can discuss this option." Do you think it's worth checking out? His methods are dermapen, which I own and can safely say you need more than 3 - 4 sessions. The price is steep but I don't own any dermal fillers, so maybe that's worth the cost? I don't want TCA chemical peels because I own them. With that said, subcision is what I want. Do you think it's worth asking him despite that not being his preferred method? I ask because getting to his clinic is costly for me, but if it gets the job done, then that's great. Thanks for reading!!
  9. Hi everyone! I’m a 22 year old female seeking acne scar treatment after having acne for 10+ years. For years I have hated myself and my skin and now I’m finally taking action. I'm currently seeing a dermatologist right now (Dr Davin Lim in Brisbane) and have my next laser treatment in APRIL/EARLY MAY (so really soon!) To date I've tried fraxel (to no avail), fully ablative laser resurfracing (erbium), fractional laser resurfacing (CO2 Core Laser) as well as filler/subcision. The reason for my post was 1) to answer any questions for those seeking scar treatments and 2) show people my scars. Fraxel and erbium were performed by dermatologists/nurses here in New Zealand where I am based. After feeling disappointed, I flew to Brisbane to see Dr Lim. This is where I’m at now. To date, he has used subcision and CO2 core laser in treating me (some filler too for my left cheek). My left and right cheeks are of concern to me. On my left cheek I have considerable rolling scars. There are a few smaller boxcar and ice pick scars on my left too but predominantly rolling. On my right side, I have boxcar scars and there are two in particular that are quite bad. This will take time, I know, and I will update everyone as I go through my scar revision journey.
  10. moon123

    Waiting for treatment

    How long do people wait with subcision on new scars? Mine is 2 months old and am wondering if waiting 6 months is the right thing to do. Thanks.
  11. Hello! I started getting acne when I was around 10 years old. It got pretty severe and then began to clear up when I turned 17. Now at age 25 I have clear skin but am plagued with acne scars. I have been going to a dermatologist for a year now. I receive chemical peels and microdermabrasion every two weeks (alternating). The derm insists that I will see results if I stick with it long enough. My skin looks a lot better as far as my pore size and coloring, but the texture is still awful. The derm says my next step is micro needling. Last month I went to a plastic surgeon for a consultation. I asked about subcision and filler but the assistant I saw (I didn't actually get to meet with the plastic surgeon) said that I would have better results with Fraxel on top of TCA. She also insisted that first I get on the Obagi system. The plastic surgeon works with Obagi in Los Angeles. She said with Obagi my skin will be in a better place to receive the best results from the Fraxel plus TCA. I was quoted $500 for the Obagi system and $4,200 for the Fraxel with TCA. She didn't even look closely at my skin or change the lighting around. My skin looks fine in some lighting, but in harsh lighting, it looks horrible. I am tempted to go with the recommendations of the plastic surgeon's office, but at that high a price I want to hear some other opinions. Thanks in advance.
  12. psychokitty

    3D print new skin

    I thought this was really interesting. 3D printing has been around a few years but it still blows my mind. But I could see it being a scar treatment in the future... http://www.wakehealth.edu/Research/WFIRM/Research/Military-Applications/Printing-Skin-Cells-On-Burn-Wounds.htm http://searchcio.techtarget.com/opinion/3D-printing-technology-payoff-beyond-imagination Sorry if this has already been posted before. This site has changed so much since I've last been on and I was having trouble searching old info on here.
  13. hello all, this is for everyone who have been able to successfully (partially or fully) able to treat there acne scars , have seen many (say infinite) posts people claming they have succesful scar treatment ,, most of them NO PICS ,, so for those people y dont u put pics u say all the long stories disscuss ur success with happy smilies but no pic please put before and after pics side by side atleast after u complete ur treatment ,, some people clam that they had scars since 18 and now they are 40 and they see 70%(let us say) improvement ,, and still doing treatments ,, is this life really for me its not .. 20 years and still treating and then u'll die and boom ,,u spent ur whole life treating acne scars .. majority of people i have seen take there before and after pics in different angles ,, and different lightning ,, and believe me a slight change (1cm) in light can change ur scars look totally different ,, so again its hard to believe them .. or may be they are just giving them satisfaction .. well that is also a good thing . if u r satisfied .. again there is camera effect .. in night light scars look worst then in day light ,, some people do that .. again no use .. m not saying the scars cant b treated .. or improved ,, but instead of posting long stories .. do post before during and after pics on the top and then start telling ur experience .. and main point please do tell how much time from the first day and the day u think u r satisfied (not fully but partially also) it took ,,, and treatments u performed .. (most of the person i have seen here have done like almost all the treatment possible) ,,, so please anyone who has success with ur scar treatment do post ur pics here. and i know sometimes its hard to see ur pics but u can see my pics in previous post .. i also kinda cry when i see my pics .. as all my friends and roommates have perfect skin and i have to see them every freaking day .... ** please do not give any link to ur pics most of the time those links doesnt work .. u can just upload 3-4 pics here only and if it says memory full or something please delete ur old pics which are repetative .. if so and to those also who already have there topics going on if u people can post ur pics here i'll be very thankful .... it will take few minutes of ur time but for us it will save lot of time .. SO PLEASE KINDLY POST UR BEFORE AFTER PICS TRY IN SAME LIGHTNING AND NOT ANY INTERNET PICS AND WHAT TREATMENT U HAD AND TIME SINCE U STARTED UR TREATMENT AND THE DAY U WERE OK SATISFIED .... ** PLEASE DO IT ,, IT WILL HELP EVERYBODY ** please dont say u can see my success here (a link to some other page)
  14. Zacharias

    How to treat these scars?

    Hi, my name is Zacharias and I'm from Belgium and 22 years old. Just wanted to ask which kind of scars I got and what the best treatment option would be? I know they are very minor and I have nothing to complain about but they somehow bother me already for a while. Thank you for your answers.
  15. Hello guys, I’m a 19 year old who has severe acne scars caused by cystic, inflammatory acne. After a few years of dealing the pain of having this curse (started at about 13), I finally got put on Accutane (around age 16). While this cleared up all my acne, it came well too late. The damage was already done. I had a bunch of shallow scars left over from the terrible breakouts over the years. Now I’m left with the painful reminder everyday when I look in the mirror. My scars have kept me from going outside my bubble, meeting new people, starting relationships, etc. My life is pretty lonely, depressing, and flat out boring. I constantly obsess over my appearance every day. I suffer from low self-esteem among many things because of my face. And I’m really starting to lose hope. I just wanted you guys to see so maybe you can recommend what treatments would be best or to just give me any helpful advice. Anything would be appreciated. I’m under no delusion that my scars will ever go away completely, but any progress is something I’ll take. I’m on a budget as I’m attending college next fall and I’m currently unemployed, so laser treatments really aren’t an option for me. I’m pretty sure my scars are worse than the majority of people I’ve seen on here posting on this forum.
  16. So if you've been stalking my old posts, you would know that I'm really big on using DMSO (https://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/337735-dmso-the-best-fix-for-acne). DMSO pretty much scavenges and eats free-radicals for lunch. More importantly, it breaks up scars and boosts collagen.* Iodine, being an essential metabolic element, helps in scar regeneration. Copper peptide works amazingly well in scar reduction. Hyaluronic acid serum is all about wrinkle-free smooth skin, aka anti-aging. * DMSO should not be used alone but combined with others like the ones listed above. Only use topically, namely, don't get it into you eyes, nose, mouth, and any other possible opening or orifice that I've left out. Lastly, be smart. Don't overuse it. One word of caution about DMSO: DMSO is a transdermal agent, meaning it gets absorbed into the skin, so make sure you clean the site before application and be certain it doesn't come in contact with anything dirty, like soiled clothes. Also avoid plastic and latex gloves when handling DMSO. From what I know, all the toxins found in plastic/latex will get sucked in by DMSO and penetrate into the skin and/or bloodstream. Spooked yet? On the other hand, because DMSO is very effective as a delivery agent, it works beautifully as a vehicle to take your topical cream or liquid down into the skin. Take hyaluronic acid serum for example. The molecule of HA acid to too damn large to penetrate our skin barrier, so it just sits on top. To be effective, the hyaluronic acid needs to be absorbed into your skin, period. By using DMSO, this is quite possible. ◙ Previous Acne.org threads worth regurgitating ◙ Regeneration of Human Scar Tissue with Topical Iodine
  17. Hello everyone, So I have had acne for pretty much all of my high school life, and now, after about 4 years, it has just about cleared up through a combination of a meticulous skincare routine, green tea, improved diet, glycolic pads etc. I do have the odd breakout for hormonal reasons during that time of the month, but I feel like it's in the same recurring areas and once those layers of skin are removed, it will stop. Anyway, I have been left with terrible hyperpigmentation. It is the type that's so dark against my normal skin that it's impossible to cover with make up. I've looked into a LOT of possible treatments and have come to the conclusion that doing a TCA peel at home will be the best method to removing these scars for me. It seems to be the most effective acid over lactic and others. I know that some people may not recommend doing a peel at home, but I am going to do it because it is so so much cheaper than getting it done professionally and if I follow the instructions and research it thoroughly, it minimises my risk of error. So, I recently purchased the Yavonae 25% TCA Peel from Amazon. I was hesitant about getting it from Amazon, but it had over 100 good reviews and the brand seems legitimate. Plus, I have no other choice, as MUAC TCA doesn't ship to my country and the TCA on eBay looked very..suspicious shall we say. Since all of my exams will be over next week, I have about 3 months off school and at home, so it will be the perfect time for me to complete the peel. However, I have a LOT of questions about it even after reading the instructions and there are so many things I need to be 100% knowledgeable about before I even do the patch test. The best way for me to pose these questions is just by listing them all. I'm not expecting one person to answer every single one, but if you could answer as many as you can based on your own knowledge and experience, I would appreciate it so much! I would also love to hear any other TCA advice or stories you have. My questions are.... 1. Will TCA be okay for my skin tone? I have heard it can be dangerous for darker skin tones but I'm not sure what is meant by "darker"..is it African American or anything that is not Caucasian? I have Middle Eastern skin, I'd say it's like Kim Kardashian's. Is this "too dark"? 2. I bought 25% but I have heard that it's best to dilute it and start with 12.5. But then I don't want 12.5 to be so low that I don't see any results. Should I dilute it or go straight in with 25? 3. I use a dermaroller every few weeks on my skin too. I haven't done it for about 3/4 weeks now in preparation for the peel. Is it safe to restart after the peel? And if so, how long after? 4. I use Peter Thomas Roth Alpha Hydroxy Glycolic Exfoliating pads to keep my skin clear. It says in my instructions to stop using all exfoliating products up to 3 weeks beforehand, but I've read on here that you should prep your skin with gylcolic acid. Since this product falls right in the middle of the spectrum, what do you recommend I do? Continue using them or stop a week or two before? Also, how long after the peel can I restart? 5. I also know that you must ban all hair removal up to 4 weeks before. I have done this, but does threading/waxing eyebrows count? Because I'm not going to apply the peel to my eyebrows but I don't want to take any chances. 6. What do I apply the acid with? A cotton wool pad? 7. I have heard that you should use neosporin afterwards. They don't sell it in my country, so it's going to cost me quite a bit more to buy online. Is it necessary and does it make you break out? 8. It says in the instructions to prep skin right before the peel with acetone or alcohol..I have no idea where to purchase this from!! Is it a necessary step? 9. How long should I leave the peel on considering its my first time? The instructions suggest 5 minutes but I think that's too long 10. I will be fasting while my skin is recovering from the peel, so I won't be able to drink my usual 10 or so glasses of water each day. Will this affect the process in any way? 11. Are there any good excuses I can use for why my skin looks the way it does during the peeling? Since I don't really want to tell every family member I encounter about what it is and why I'm doing it... 12. Lastly, any more tips..? Thank you so much!!! I really appreciate all of the help and sorry for writing so much!
  18. Would needling or chemical peels would improve those type of scars??? or any treatment that you think would be helpful? thanks!
  19. I was so stupid to play contact sports with my active acne. Now they're gone but left some nasty scars that are just horrid to look at. It bugs me when I look at the mirror. I wanted to know what is the best treatment for the scars I have. Thanks in advance. Pics are from the harshest light I could find.
  20. Leeman44

    Type Of Scarring? Help!

    Hi Can anyone tell me the type of scar/issue im facing here? Can I get rid of this atall? Please help Lee
  21. I have had acne problems for over 10 years. I've tried almost everything that's available out there for acne problems. However, no matter what I used, it seems that nothing truly get rid of my pimples. They are not all over my face, but they are not completely gone, ether. I still have one or two pimples here or there most of the time. Of course, more pimple when I'm stressed out or before my periods. Last year, my acne problem had a dramatic turn. Out of nowhere, I started to break out like crazy. I started to get those nasty huge pimples on my face, including forehead and chins. The prescription medicine helped to get rid of most of the big ones, but I was left with severely damaged and very sensitive skin. I can no longer use those harsh over-the-counter acne products. I developed allergic reaction to those products. One of my friends brought me back a small tube of Chinese Anti-acne cream after her trip. Since I was so devastated, I started to try the new cream I got. At the time, I had some small pimples on my forehead, and a lot of tiny whitehead on my chin. After just 1 week of use, all my pimples are gone. My skin becomes very nice and clear. Yes, I mean clear. You can no longer see the bumps and the redness even up close. It's just amazing. Now, I can go to work everyday with just sunscreen on top this Anti-Acne cream. I never feel so much better.
  22. Would needling or chemical peels would improve those type of scars??? or any treatment that you think would be helpful? thanks!
  23. Hi I recently moved to Minnesota from Chicago and am looking for recommendations for doctor to treat rolling acne scars on the side of my mouth. I have had two courses of bellafill and do light peels/microdermabrasion in the past. The issue is they are tethered, so laser treatment is not what I’m looking for at this point. I am having a difficult time finding a doctor who specializes in bellafill specifically for acne scar treatment. It seems most doctors I’ve consulted with have little to no experience using bellafill for scar treatment and want to recommend lasers as a course of treatment. I am also interested in microbeedling or other options to help the tethered/texture issue. Any suggestions would be super helpful. Thank you!
  24. Would really love some feedback from a dermatologist but any feedback is welcomed. I've only had one very light fraxel laser treatment, and to be totally honest it didn't have much effect. This is two years post-accutane. I've accepted my scarring emotionally but at the same time, this is something that I would be really happy to not have to worry about at the ripe age of 20. I would be so thankful to just be able to be free from this once and for all. If anyone has scarring similar to mine and has received treatment I'm really interested about your experience/procedure. Please include before and after photos, if you have them. I'm wondering if it's even physically possible to improve my scars. If it isn't, I would love to accept it and move on from this. But if there is some kind of miracle treatment I would be very relieved. -- T
  25. Dear all, After a couple of years of silently observing (and learning so much) around here, I have finally decided to join in and share my story/upcoming journey of acne scars revision. First of all, let me share the pictures of my scars. As you can see, I have them both on the cheeks (mostly around the mouth, quite untypically) and forehead. The mouth area worries me the most as the dense scarring creates wrinkly, saggy, uneven and aged appearance. My acne scars treatments history: - Biostimulation laser (red light therapy) – hardly did anything but I was new to this and this was what my aesthetician recommended so I went with it - Countless sessions of dermarolling ( 0.75-1mm roller) - Several sessions of dermapen (1-2mm) in the last ½ year – I believe effects of which are really visible over time! I have been avoiding lasers so far – after reading experiences of fellow acne scarring sufferers it really doesn´t seem to me as an effective treatment. I am also scared of volume loss as a negative side effect. I am already starting to lose volume in my cheeks (sunken cheeks run in my family) and I have read that sometimes fat loss is a side effect of laser treatments. But I am certainly gonna research and educate myself more on this complex topic in the future. ___ SUBCISION Now, I have read a lot around here on subcision and decided I want to give it a shot since it is a treatment that really makes sense to me (releasing the scars) and since I have seen some amazing results. Unfortunately, I live in a country where no one performs it (actually there is no one specializing in acne scars in the whole country) but since I live in Europe, I saved up money and am travelling to Denmark in 2 weeks. Obviously, I haven´t had a consultation with the doctor yet (mid-January) as he doesnt do them via Skype but I am really hoping he will find me a suitable candidate for subcision and will perform the treatment right away. Also might combine it with TCA cross. If I do get subcision, I plan to do suction afterwards. Already ordered suction devices from owndoc and also a cupping set. Apart from documenting and sharing my journey here after I am done with the treatment (pictures), I would also like to ask you a few questions regarding your opininon about my scars (what types, what treatments you think might help me) and about subcision in general. Subcision–related questions: 1) Is there something I should/could do prior to subcision - with regards to skin care routine, dietary supplements - to prepare my skin and improve the results? 2) Is there something I should definitely avoid? (i.e. what ingredients in skin care, what supplements) 3) What can I do after the treatment to improve the results? I am planning to take collagen + HA supplements + enzymes that improve healing (they are recommended after surgeries but also illnesses in general to help the organism to jump start immune system and healing) 4) I am also planning to do practically the same routine as I do after dermapen – treat the skin with HA serum, peptide serums, or growth factor serums (not at the same time :)) maybe one thing in the morning, another in the evening) – to stimulate the repair process and collagen production. Is this desirable after subcision too, or it works differently? 5) Is dermapen session helpful like a week before and maybe 2-3 weeks after subcision? Im even thinking I might do PRP. 6) Will suction still be safe even if I do TCA cross along with subcision? I am sorry that this post is SO LONG – I actually really tried to be concise and structured since there are so many topics and questions and thoughts I have around acne scars. Thanks so much to anyone who is willing to share their comments and ideas.