Post # 1
Hi ladies, I have both hyperpigmented scaring and ice pick scars on my face from acne. I went to the dermatologist last year and she literally wouldn’t answer any of my questions (I wanted to look into lazer treatments and things like that). She gave me two creams to use and neither have done a thing for my scars or ance for that matter. I plan on going back to the dermatologist in the next few months, but wanted to ask you ladies if you have been in a similar situation and have found any prescription or OTC treatments that helped? Thanks In Advance.
Post # 3
i kid you not but lemon juice helps fed ance scars & helps with acne. google it 🙂
Post # 4
i’ve had a lot of luck getting facials with glycolic peels. Good luck!
Post # 5
Commenting because I’d like to follow this thread.
Post # 6
I also have lots of scarring and discoloration from acne, and I’ve found that Retin-A really has helped to smooth out my skin (when I remember to use it). My skin is definitely not perfect, but it has really helped even things out. I also use AcZone and feel it works pretty well to control my continuing acne issues.
I’ve also pondered some sort of laser/microdermabrasion, but have never tried looking into it…I’d say you should find another derm that will answer your questions!
@MissHobbit: Good to know! I’ve always been afraid that facials might aggravate what ocassional acne I still get. :/
Post # 7
Go to a different dermatologist, one who specializes in acne treatment.
Peels and microdermabrasion work wonders. Retin-A or other retinoids (Tazorac, Differin) work well on cell turnover also.
Post # 8
@Mrs_Grenier: lemon stings me so bad! It sounded so promising, but i simply couldn’t stand it 🙁 But you, OP, might be able to. Its defintely worth a shot. I’d try something natural over a presciption anyday.
A couple of my friends had extremely good results with a presciption Accutane. The side effects aren’t great, but the results looked fabulous! Their skin is pretty much flawless.
Post # 9
@Mrs_Grenier: Thanks for the tip!! 🙂
Post # 10
@Azyriah: I took Accutane for a bit…all the while thinking about all of the side effects on the giant sheet of paper that came with it. Birth defects, depression, loss of eyesight, liver failure were the scary ones…I also read online about people who ended up with TONS of cavities after they were done taking it, but, you can always find something to scare you online…LOL.
After only week and a half I decided it wasn’t worth the risk of taking it. Didn’t surprise me later to find out that it was originally formulated to be a cancer treatment.
That being said, Accutane is effective for treating acne, but not for treating acne scars like the OP is talking about. 🙂
Post # 11
@DomesticDiva: Good points! Accutane scares the crap out of me.. I’ve heard of so many long term side effects (specifically things like worsening memory) I don’t think I would ever consider it worth it.
Post # 12
@Anise: Differin is actually one of the creams she prescribed me. I’ve been on it a year and haven’t seen a difference unfortunately.
Post # 13
@Britt_RN: Differin didn’t work for me either, but Retin-A Micro and Tazorac have both worked well for me. While you’re trying to figure out your topicals it helps to see the derm. every 6 weeks (that’s about how long it takes for your skin cells to completely turn over) to see if what you are using is working or if you should change something up.
Whenever you use a retinoid make sure to use a sunscreen also. Not using sunscreen is a surefire way to increase your hyperpigmentation problem.
Post # 14
Vitamin E capsules, break them open and apply the vitamin E (works better than the gel you can buy). It’s the only thing that I’ve ever heard of working that is non-prescription. I used to see a dermatologist and she said it’s the only non-medicinal thing that can help.
Post # 15
I use a Clarisonic Mia (Mia 2 is now out though) and have noticed an incredble difference in my skin texture and my acne. I actually had used my moms for about 2 1/2 weeks before finally giving it back to her because it no longer had any charge. She just bought me one as an early Christmas gift, but I went about 2 weeks without it and holy crap did my skin start freaking out again. They’re on the pricey side – $120 for the regular Mia – but I can’t rave about it enough.
ETA: I dropped my mom’s Mia in the shower one time, and thought I would have killed it. Nope. That thing is still going strong. It’s like nothing happened. They’re tough!
Post # 16
Have you tried proactive? I worked wonders for me when I was in my early 20’s…it even helped with my scaring. Its imperative that you use it morning and night, every single day. And I found the best results using the refining mask every day or every other day. Also, it really dries your skin out at first, and it will be tight and red but hang in there that does go away.. Make sure you use an oil-free moisturizer with spf of at least 30 morning and night as well. And also, stay clear of make up for a while.
nothing that a dermatologist prescribed me worked. The only thing that worked for me was proactive.