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well, they both work on scars, to an exent. what kind of scarring is it you have though? mild, moderate, somewhat severe, or maybe a combination of any of the above?

i've had 9 microderms, and 2 glycolic acid peels. just had my second yesterday (first was 40%, and yesterday 50%). so far, i'm liking the glycolic acid more than microdermabrasion. they're quicker, cheaper (usually by at least half), seem to work better on red marks, and seem to be doing a better job overall. and i had pretty aggresive microdermabrasion treatments too.

if there's anything else you want to know, just ask and i'll see if i can help.
Hi Ryan,

I don't have any idea what kind of scars I have. I got them three/four weeks ago. They're more like flat red and brown big marks...Well, they're flat and smooth, color is brownish red. Some of them are big, some not. They're spread out everywhere on my face esp. on my cheeks. I have brown skin which is really unfortunate because it made them very noticeable. People actually think I'm suffering from severe acne because of the scars but I really don't.

For now, I'm thinking of getting glycolic peels next week. Did it really work for you than the microderma?

Please help...I'm really desperate about this.

i doubt those are scars but rather residual red marks left over after acne. they'll go away on their own over a period of months, but glycolic acid will take them away much faster. it seems to have worked better on red marks for me so far than did microdermabrasion. you say you have brown skin. are you black, or native, or just dark-complected? i think glycolic acid can be used on much darker skins, but i'm unsure for higher percentages of it. you may not even need a high percentage though.

i noticed a change in my skin after the first treatment, which wasn't too high a percentage. it peeled more than microdermabrasion treatments did, which is good i suppose. the 50% one i just had caused me to peel even more, especially on my nose. it's not major peeling, but it kinda resembles what you'd have a few days after a sunburn. they gave me products with the package to use too. there's a gentle cleanser, and a spray that has nutrients and such in it, and i got a cream with 10% glycolic acid in it as well. they're all from the glyderm line by icn pharmaceuticals. even the peels i got. there're really no special products you need for after-treatment. just a mild cleanser and some moisturizer for a few days.

and, i can't really say how many treatments you'll have to endure, but if it's what it sounds like, it won't be many and they'll likely clear up entirely if not become unnoticeable and then gradually lighten on their own even more. i don't think you have scarring really, from the sounds of it, but the marks you get after acne can look like it which is almost just as bad. they'll probably have a package of about 6 treatments you can buy, and it's only about $400 usually. and like i said, i got a some products with mine even. you can use them anytime you want, too. you'll have to watch sun exposure as well, which might not be fun in the summer. usually after a couple weeks though after the deepest glycolic peel (70%), you can go out as usual with sunblock and not worry about anything. even the day after, depending on strength of acid used, you can go out for a little while, but definitely with sunblock. you won't be confined to the house really though, but you'll want to watch your sun exposure for a little while after the peels. it all depends. it sounds like a few of these might clear you up though.
If you have red marks or flat scars from acne and you leave them untreated for a couple of weeks or months can they turn into more serious scars?

Like pitted scars or permanent ones or whatever?

I'm kinda scared to know the answer. Like I said before, I got my scars 4 weeks ago and will go for glycolic peels next week which I can't wait.

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