Post # 1
I have a cluster of acne scars on the side of my face and I’d like to get rid of it before spring for the beginnings of pictures and such. Does anyone have any experience or advice for clearing it up?
Also, I can’t go to the dermatologist because I don’t have health insurance. Thanks!
Post # 3
Scars are hard to minimize, but it an be done a bit with the creams and patches you buy at the pharmacy, things like Mederma.
However, depending on the kind of scar (is it a white blemish vs a crater) will determine how much it can help.
Post # 4
@ThreeMeers: They’re red and some are flat and some aren’t, (no heads) I guess that would be an acne scar?
Post # 5
My FI’s sister recently bought a Groupon for a facial, and her facial took care of a lot of acne scars. I dunno if it was a special type of facial, but you should keep your eyes out for deals like that!!
Post # 6
I have had really good results with Tamanu cream from Carley’s Clear & Smooth:
Post # 7
I’ve had pretty decent luck with Clinique’s Even Better products. They are not cheap, but they do work for dark spots. They won’t do anything for craters.
Craters, depending on the severity, respond to retinoid treatment. These are basically topical Accutane, and can be pretty harsh. Right now I am doing Retin-A micro (Also not cheap–and you will have to go to the dermatologist.)
Dermatological treatments also work. For small craters and surface irregularities, you can do chemical peels or microdermabrasion. They’re both non-invasive and the redness goes away after just a little while. If your scarring is pretty severe, you can do dermabrasion, which is more invasive but also more effective. I wouldn’t recommend this if you just have a couple of scars though–it’d be like kililng a fly with an M15.
Hope this helps! If you have any questions, feel free to PM me. I’ve tried just about everything but Accutane.
Post # 8
Merdema works but really only for new scars…I’d say save up and go get laser. Insurance doesn’t cover laser scar removal anyway…Expect ~$120/spot (small area).
Post # 9
You should be able to get a consultation with a dermatologist for free. The dermatologist may not be the one doing the actual treatments though. I’m not 100% sure, but I think laser treatments tend to work the best.
Post # 10
@MsVoyageur: Thanks, I wasthinking about that too, I wasn’t sure of I would need a series of treatments or not though. But that sounds great!
Post # 11
@EffieTrinket: I did accutane in my early teens, worked great and fortunately I don’t have any craters, they just look like pimples.
Post # 12
Sometimes a great peel or microdermabrasion will do wonders for scarring! Especially if done as a series.
Post # 13
I get acne & the scars also take quite a bit of time to clear up. I used to see a Dr. but it started getting too expensive so now I go to a local salon & see an estetician (skin specialist)- she does a microdermabrasian & extraction once a month for about $50, and recommended a great skincare line I’ve been using for about 2 months now with amazing results. It’s Jan Marini & is a bit pricey but it’s def. worth the money. Right now I’m using a benzoyl peroxide 2% cleaner twice a day, a glycolic acid cream twice a day, a liquid Vitamin-C tincture twice a day, and benzoyl peroxide spot treatment when needed. i’ve been seeing great results, but only if i stick with it- One night of sleeping in my makeup will ruin my face for at least a week….
Jan Marini does alot of giveaway’s on their facebook page also- you might get lucky!
Post # 14
i had acne scars from picking, and the only thing that made a noticeable difference was a combination of microderm’s and IPL treatments.
rotate every month – take about a year to be TOTALLY gone. $$$$ but worth it 🙂
Post # 15
I have had bad acne most of my life and I scar (red) really easily with most blemishes. I must admit I do pick at them so it is my fault.
I was skeptical but I tried the Clinic Even Better Clinical Dark spot corrector and LOVED IT!! The cream is light and cilky. It NEVER made me break out. In fact…if I had a blemish starting I found the corrector at the very least lessened the redness and most times got rid of the blemish by morning. It made my skin glow and within a month I felt I would wear less makeup. I definitely noticed a difference in my face…and so did others. I feel this is a great option and reasonably priced. I bought a 30g (I think) corrector in January and just bought my second 50g (larger as I love it) container a month ago. I little goes a long way.
Post # 16
I used prescription hydroquino 4%. It pretty safe to use and about 3-4 months it’s gone for good. Generic cost around $25 with insurance. It’s just a cream you put on the spots once or twice a day. I used to out it under my makeup. I had many scars from mosquito bites and acne and all gone now.