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hey thanks for replying... yeah, i am going to walmart to look for a scrub /brush or whatever you call it.. i'm so sick of this face.... i mean, the red marks are just the worst!! i dont know if it's scars or red marks.. it's just red... i heard microdermabrasion helps reduce red marks and scarring and i'm going to look into that also... and maybe into chemical peels... but as far as the creams that they advertise on the market... it's ok, but i want to get to the root of the problem!! you know what i mean?

well i better go to walmart! take care
Greetings,

I can empathize with you, Jamie, scarring literally scars not only the skin, but one's psyche. I am lucky in that my facial acne left a red, ruddy complexion, but no pit marks, so I can cover that with make-up. Unfortunately, my acne has crept onto my back and chest (it's really bad on my back), and I have heard that scarring is worse on the back than any where else. I haven't been in a bathing suit in a few years because I'm too embarrassed to expose my back.

Regarding my face, I've tried microdermabrasion, and I like it. I've had about 6 treatments. Before I say what I'm going to say, I need to remind you that I'm not a medical professional, so I'm just giving you my lay person's first-hand experience with the technique. The upsides: in one treatment, I found that it made my skin smooth (sloughed off the dry skin cells, I call it sandblasting, cause that's kind of what it's like), and in six treatments, I can say that it has caused some smoothing out of my skin. I did not, however, have deep pox marks on my skin before starting the treatment. Also, it's not as painful as some techniques may be.

The downsides: it's expensive and most insurance will not cover the cost; it takes several treatments to have any effect (the technician should tell you that not to make you buy a set number of treatments, but because it does); it may not have the "perfect skin" effect you are looking for.

There are other, more harsh treatments that have a more drastic effect than microdermabrasion, but some of them require that you put up with peeling, red skin for some two weeks after the treatment (not many of us can either show up at work with a face like that, or take two weeks off to get over it).

Have you consulted with a cosmetic surgury center that offers both microdermabrasion, laser and the like, and other reconstructive surgury? You should do a lot of research, talk to a lot of people, before entering into any treatment. Even scrubbing your face with a brush.

Good luck,

babushka
hey thanks for the reply........well, i have done my research somewhat... but being limited on funds, it's kinda hard to get to talk to aesthecians (they want money before they talk to you)....but i talked to one before and she told me that i could benifit from chemical peels... i dunno.. it seems kinda harsh... i do have a bottle of retin A micro and i just might try the whole bottle...hopefully it'll reduce the red marks....and i heard it helps exfoliate the skin.. i think the key is about exfoliation!! i gotta use something that will exfoliate the skin1!!! anyway.....tell me, this microdermabrasion... did you say it left pox marks on your skin?? i didn't understand what you meant...did it even your skin out?? i mean, after you had it done, could you notice your skin looking at least better in florescent lights and the sun?? let me know cause i have a year to make some kind of change and one month is already almost up!
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- jamie





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