Post # 1
I have many many acne scars (not so much actual pimples anymore). I always have to wear concealer/makeup, etc. when I go out.
I’m going to the dermatologist soon, I heard that Retin-A can help with this.
Any other suggestions?
Post # 3
I have same problems, and glycolic peels along with facials have really helped. I just started with microdermabrasion too (now that I finally stopped breaking out) and it helps to get your complexion more even. My ethestician said after the 3rd micro session you can really see a difference.
Post # 4
now, are these expensive treatments?
Post # 5
Get onto Affirm Laser Treatment Now! It’s not cheap, or pain free but it works!!!
It works for wrinkles and stretch marks too, i have done this and my skin is smooth and clear now. It’s about $450 – 500 a treatment, you normally need about 4- 6 treatments, once a month.
Here are some before and after pics i found.
Hope you find something to help x
Post # 6
Here’s a very inexpensive method that you might want to try first.
Go to your grocery story and buy a bottle of vitamin E gel capsules. Prick one open with a safety pin (that you’ve cleaned first, obviously) and squeeze the goo out onto your scars and spread them around. This works best when you have some time to sit around at home and do nothing, since it’s very greasy. But I’ve had very, very good luck using it to get rid of light burn marks on my hands (ironing — I’m not very domesticated).
Post # 7
I would definitely look at laser treatments! They’re pricey, but I’d scrounge every penny for a couple grand since it’s your face! Maybe a part time job, just SAturdays or something if the money’s not budgetable?
Post # 8
Actually, I don’t really believe all the laser stuff. My sis had it done and it never ended up improving… in fact, it was so bad the dermatologist switched to a different method! Now I know this doesn’t speak to everyone’s experience, but I’d try the Vitamin E first.
Post # 9
Oops… when I say it was so bad, I mean the method on others overall.. my sister’s face wasn’t that bad! hehe.
Post # 10
You can do minor gylcolic peels at home. I think that Philosophy has one that you can try if you are trying to go inexpensive.
Post # 11
Ok, I’ll try the Vit. E capsules! I know I had done that a long, long time ago for my face just for general face health (I didn’t really have many scars back then). So I’ll try that.
And hopefully my dermatologist will give me something not too expensive. I’m a little nervous about the laser thing.
I’ll also check into the Philosophy peel…
Post # 12
I had the same issue…old acne scars messing up my complexion. sucks. I bought everything proactiv, clinique, MANY OTC brands, stuff from Sephora NOTHING worked. Then I went to our local health food store and went to their beauty section after a coworker suggested I check it out. She recommended 2 brands, 1 was WAY out of my price range ($60 for face lotion, um I’ll pass thanks) the second brand is Earth Science…it has worked miracles on my face.
Here is what I use:
Apricot Gentle Facial Scrub (1-3 times/week depending on how my face feels)
A-D-E Creamy Cleanser (use 2 times daily)
Almond-Aloe Moisturizers- Scent free- (daily)
I am going to try the Papaya Glycolic Gentle Skin Peel just as soon as I get to the store to buy it. My sister has roseacea and this brand works amazing on her. Doesn’t cause any new breakouts on either of us and is very reasonably priced!
Post # 13
ONE MORE THING TO TRY:
I am currently battling my acne scars as well. Unfortunately, I did not find out about this until after my wedding, but now I am using it every day. It is called Kinerase scar healing therapy. I got it at Ulta (or you can order from the website), and it came highly recommended by the Prestige makeup manager there. He said it is almost a surgical grade scar therapy, and people use it after surgeries, etc. I have only been using it for about 3 weeks now, and I do believe I have noticed some improvement BUT the box says that you will see noticeable improvement in as little as 8 weeks if applied as directed. You do have to apply it twice a day, but it is fragrance-free, oil-free and totally clear. I put it on the the AM and PM. It does feel slightly oily on your face, and you do have to rub it in, but after that you can put your makeup on as normal and go on with your day. It was $48.00 for the tube of it, and I would say one tube of it will probably last you about a month and a half if used correctly. I am excited to see what it does for me in the next several weeks.
Acne scarring can really affect self-esteem, but unfortunately we don’t all have the money for laser treatments 🙁 I opted for the cheapest route first, and then we’ll see what happens!
Good luck! 🙂
NOTE: I read the customer reviews on this product, and most people said that it worked very well for them, even on old acne scars (which is what I have, and why I bought it)
Post # 14
I have had a big battle with acne scars as well. For your treatment, it depends on which kinds of scars you have. Do you have the icepick scars, like in one of the pictures above? Or do you have just red marks from old blemishes? Because the red marks will eventually fade on their own and will not necessarily leave permanent marks (especially if you didn’t pick them in the first place).
I haven’t ever been able to do the laser treatment, but for my icepick scars I use Mederma. It’s an OTC treatment that is used for softening scar tissue. The earlier you start with it after the initial wound, the better. I think it’s about $30 at your local CVS or Walgreens or whatever. For speeding up the process of fading red marks, I use DDF Glycolic 10% Exfoliating Oil Control Gel. It is sort of like doing a gentle peel every night (keeps acne at bay as well), and works much better for me than Retin-A actually. DDF also makes a product called Fade Gel that a friend swears by, but I have never tried myself, and I think if you use it you have to be extra careful about sun protection.
If all else fails, I have found nothing better than Make Up For Ever’s high definition concealer for covering up, and I have really tried freakin’ everything. It is full coverage but doesn’t feel heavy or greasy at all–not a cream base, so you don’t end up with an oil slick or more blemishes or finding that it has disintegrated on your face.
Post # 15
@bride power – PLEASE be careful about the vitamin E!!! I have had eczema for years and someone told me that vitamin E directly on my skin would work wonders. Well at first everything started to go away and then it just came back 10 times worse. I went to the dermatologist and found out that many people are allergic to vitamin E and that it really isnt supposed to be put directly on your skin!! You should probably consult with your doctor before doing this! Especially on your face, if you are allergic to it then you will break out
Post # 16
I put vitamin e oil on my face all the time and my skin looks amazing. I have super sensitive skin as well. Maybe just do a patch test to make sure you’re not allergic?