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Re: Scarring Acne
Aug 14, 2005
[FONT=Comic Sans MS][COLOR=DarkOrchid]Hi [COLOR=Magenta]cajuncutie23[/COLOR] :wave: I myself am in the process of recovering from the red marks caused by cystic acne. I never used to believe I would see my beautiful, pale skin again in the same condition it was when I was 13 (before I first broke out). But guess what - I've almost got it back!

Firstly you've got to stop new breakouts. Easier said than done I know. But there are easy things to help you. The Golden Rule is [B]never[/B] pick :nono: Not only will it make things look worse and make individual outbreaks last longer, but it will promote cross-infection.

Then you must promote the growth of new skin cells. The higher the turnover of new cells in your dermis, the quicker the marks and scars will fade. I have had three treatments of microdermabrasion that went a long way to reducing the scarring I had (I have two indents in my forehead where I practically dug out two spots in misguided rage :o and now they are filling back up).

If you can't afford microdermabrasion in a clinic (it's expensive) or you don't like the idea (it's pretty painful and leaves your skin red raw for a few days), then you can get home treatments such as the excellent [COLOR=RoyalBlue]Epidermx[/COLOR]. It's not cheap, either, but one tub lasts a long time. If you use it properly it too can cause redness and is painful to use. And [B]never[/B] use it on active acne!

Bare minimum, I recommend an exfoliator. I use a combination of Johnson & Johnson's [COLOR=RoyalBlue]Clean & Clear Oil Free Exfoliating Daily Wash[/COLOR] (fine granules) and St. Ives [COLOR=RoyalBlue]Blemish Control Apricot Scrub[/COLOR] (larger granules). You must be gentle when applying exfoliants - don't aggrevate your face by rubbing too hard.

As well as topical applications, there are changes you can make from the inside. Firstly, you must drink [B]lots[/B] of water to ensure that your skin is well hydrated and its oil content is balanced. And you might consider taking a [COLOR=RoyalBlue]Vitamin C[/COLOR] supplement to protect your skin from free radicals and promote collagen production. I take 2000mg daily and I believe it helps.

Essentially, patience is the key to healing red marks and scars. Think about how many people our age have active acne and scars now. And then think about how many people in the next generation have visible scars - not may, right? So given time things must get better ;)[/COLOR][/FONT]
Re: Scarring Acne
Aug 14, 2005
Well, that depends on the type of scars you have. If the scars you're talking about are red marks, then yes, exfoliating will do the trick. But if it is a depressed scar (like ice-pick scars) or raised scars (such as keloids), then exfoliating wouldn't do much. If you have ice-pick scars, try looking into punch excision.

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