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tracy, first off - what makes you say "guys bounce back better than girls"? Do you mean with respect to scar healing or regaining the confidence to be outgoing and not stress about our skin? I don't think there's any biological reason why a girl's skin can't heal faster than a guy's. The only reason I can think of would be if the girl was wearing make-up that caused further break-outs and prevented the pores from breathing properly.

Anyway, as I said in reference to microdermabrasion, it's a double-edged sword. I was DESPERATE to try it and luckily I could afford it. But it's a fairly painful procedure. Firstly your face gets sprayed with tiny, sharp crystals and (if you so ask), problem areas get battered to the point where you have to grit your teeth. Then for good measure a mask is applied to your raw skin that helps protect it from sunlight (since you would burn easily with the top layer missing) and it stings like a ...

But I believe that having dealt with cystic acne I have suffered some of the worst kind of physical pain there is (but no, I haven't been shot in the stomach before). And after the pain the effects are desirable: red marks are evened out and lines and wrinkles smoothened. But You can expect to have a very red face for about five days, by which time you're supposed to be thinking about the next appointment. That was why I didn't carry on with microdermabrasion: the short-term effects would have got in the way of important things like the job interviews I had to attend. If I had a couple of months spare I would book a full course because I know that the redness fades and with each treatment my skin would continue to improve.

I am, however, relatively lucky with scars, so I cannot be sure how successful microdermabrasion is for their treatment. I suspect it can irradicate even deep scars given enough sessions. For example, I have two fairly symmetrical, pitted, pock-like scars on my forehead which I requested the nurse concentrate on. Like I said, that hurt like Hell, but it was worth it because over time their depth has decreased and new skin has replaced the scar tissue. You see, microdermabrasion promotes the growth of new collagen which, in turn, improves the elasticity of your skin. Where once I had a deep wrinkle on my forehead which I could only smoothen out by literally lifting the skin, I now have a faded line and the skin on my forehead is increasingly taut. But like I said before, I attribute this to diet as much as anything.

The bottom line, tracy, is that I don't want to recommend microdermabrasion if you're in a state of mind where, if it were to cause any further damage, you would be further upset. I know how difficult it is to get these ideas out of your head once they pop in there. But, in my personal opinion, I think you should concentrate your efforts on getting on top of your break-out cycle before you consider scar treatment. Once you prevent new acne you'll be amazed at how quickly things improve :) And although microdermabrasion has been advertised as a tool for fighting active acne, in my experience it only makes it worse.

I assume you live in the States. I shall look into the moisturiser I use and see if I can recommend a US equivalent because I have never had any problems with it. Good moisturisation CANNOT be underestimated in the fight to regain smooth, clear skin!

Lastly, don't be afraid to ask more questions!
[QUOTE=Und3rc0v3r]tracy, first off - what makes you say "guys bounce back better than girls"? Do you mean with respect to scar healing or regaining the confidence to be outgoing and not stress about our skin? I don't think there's any biological reason why a girl's skin can't heal faster than a guy's. The only reason I can think of would be if the girl was wearing make-up that caused further break-outs and prevented the pores from breathing properly.

Anyway, as I said in reference to microdermabrasion, it's a double-edged sword. I was DESPERATE to try it and luckily I could afford it. But it's a fairly painful procedure. Firstly your face gets sprayed with tiny, sharp crystals and (if you so ask), problem areas get battered to the point where you have to grit your teeth. Then for good measure a mask is applied to your raw skin that helps protect it from sunlight (since you would burn easily with the top layer missing) and it stings like a ...

But I believe that having dealt with cystic acne I have suffered some of the worst kind of physical pain there is (but no, I haven't been shot in the stomach before). And after the pain the effects are desirable: red marks are evened out and lines and wrinkles smoothened. But You can expect to have a very red face for about five days, by which time you're supposed to be thinking about the next appointment. That was why I didn't carry on with microdermabrasion: the short-term effects would have got in the way of important things like the job interviews I had to attend. If I had a couple of months spare I would book a full course because I know that the redness fades and with each treatment my skin would continue to improve.

I am, however, relatively lucky with scars, so I cannot be sure how successful microdermabrasion is for their treatment. I suspect it can irradicate even deep scars given enough sessions. For example, I have two fairly symmetrical, pitted, pock-like scars on my forehead which I requested the nurse concentrate on. Like I said, that hurt like Hell, but it was worth it because over time their depth has decreased and new skin has replaced the scar tissue. You see, microdermabrasion promotes the growth of new collagen which, in turn, improves the elasticity of your skin. Where once I had a deep wrinkle on my forehead which I could only smoothen out by literally lifting the skin, I now have a faded line and the skin on my forehead is increasingly taut. But like I said before, I attribute this to diet as much as anything.

The bottom line, tracy, is that I don't want to recommend microdermabrasion if you're in a state of mind where, if it were to cause any further damage, you would be further upset. I know how difficult it is to get these ideas out of your head once they pop in there. But, in my personal opinion, I think you should concentrate your efforts on getting on top of your break-out cycle before you consider scar treatment. Once you prevent new acne you'll be amazed at how quickly things improve :) And although microdermabrasion has been advertised as a tool for fighting active acne, in my experience it only makes it worse.

I assume you live in the States. I shall look into the moisturiser I use and see if I can recommend a US equivalent because I have never had any problems with it. Good moisturisation CANNOT be underestimated in the fight to regain smooth, clear skin!

Lastly, don't be afraid to ask more questions![/QUOTE]

Well I think guys are more confident, cuz lets face it they dont look as bad with scars on there face, as girls. The media is always brainwashing us that we have to look a certain way, and I just don't think guys have it as bad. But im not a guy, maybe they do. You know better then me, youre a guy. Anyway I have cured my active acne cuz i have stopped eating carbs and sugar. Also I am taking essential fatty acids. I only take the ones that have no pcb's, or mercury in them. Anyway I did have one question. Since I overdid all those medications I have the tiniest little wrinkles if you look really close to my face. They look really bad. I was wondering if you had these and how microderm abrasion worked for you on these (if you had them) thanks!! :bouncing:





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