(Closed) Acne Scars

posted 10 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2009 - Small church ceremony with mountain-view log cabin reception

So even though they aren’t active now, I would suggest trying proactive. It really smooths out my skin, and I think it would help a lot..good luck!

 

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2018 - R.H. Phillips Winery

I would highly reccommend microdermabrasion from a dermatologist. I’ve been getting sessions for the past 6 months or so and it’s made a HUGE difference in the way my skin behaves. If it’s not for you, or not the best way to handle them, the dermatologist will know and can reccommend something different.

I say start with the derm appt and go from there! 🙂

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2018 - Country Club ceremony, ballroom reception

I agree with Pom I would head straight to the derm and go from there.  You never know — it could be allergies or something random aggrevating your skin…

 cheers! 🙂

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I hate to admit, but I pick. And it leaves marks. I use Scar Zone.

http://www.scarzone.com/

I get mine through http://www.drugstore.com.

i think it works great with me. I am amazed to see my scars fade away. But patience is required, so if you need a quick fix, I guess call your dermatologist.

Good luck!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

I am the same way.  I was fine when I was younger.  Then I went to college and it started.  And what I have figured out for me, was the cause of it:  alcohol.  The partying in college started it.  When I would go home it would stop.  Then start back up again.  Once out of school and no longer going to bars and clubs on the weekends, my skin cleared up again.  But if I go out and have a few drinks, my skin breaks out again….SO weird.  Anyway, during this time I have tried lots of stuff.  To prevent breaking out, use something for sensitive skin.  Prducts for acne tend to strip your skin too much, making more problems.  For the scarring, nothing is going to completely fix it.  I even went so far as making plans for $10k in cosmetic surgery to fix it.  Didn’t go through with it though.  I found micro-dermabrasion and chemical peels work wonderfully.  It doesnt’ competely get rid of anything, but it helped a lot.

Post # 8
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Helper bee

I second microdermabrasion. I’ve had it done and it works very well but you need to be consistant.

Also an at home glyco peel will help. I use Patricia Wexler’s acne line (sold at Bath and Body works) and my skin is better than it has ever been (I’ve had mild to severe acne since I was 12).

and definitely hit up the doctor just in case.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

Wexler also has an at-home microbrasion system – it uses medical grade alumina crystals.  Personally, I like the glyco peel system better, and my esthetician recommended using a chemical exfoliator instead of a physical one.  But that’s just me.  

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’ve got deep acne scars on my cheeks from cystic acne as a teen. I’m getting microdermabrasian right now, and will soon try to combine it with some peels. Definitely get a consult from a dermatologist or an aesthetician that you trust before you try anything.

Post # 11
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Newbee

Don’t forget to let your photographer know about your sensitivity about the scars. He or she can – sometimes for free, sometimes for a small charge – edit out the scars and smooth the skin. I’ve done that for a few brides and they loved it.

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Microderm!  Either at a salon or an at-home solution.  I unfortunately discovered this late…I only had time to get 1 microderm treatment before my wedding, but my skin looks amazing and really glows!  I have a scar that she targetted and it looks better.  I plan on following up after my wedding with more treatments.  Good luck!  You will be gorgeous!

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2018 - R.H. Phillips Winery

I would not reccommend using an at home microdermabrasion system without speaking to a dermatologist first – it can cause major damage if you don’t know what your doing. Most of those in-store kinds will either scratch your face and can leave lines, irritate your skin, or simply be as in-effective as a slightly more abrasive scrub – and pretty costly too. If you go medical grade, instead of to a spa, they might have the diamond wand, which is really good quality and worth it.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2009

My derm reccommended and IPL (intense pulsed light) procedure that will help smooth things out. This is obviously for those who would need it beyond microdermabrasion. It is something to consider.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2007

just going to cut and past my conversation with my friend who I know very dramatically faded her scars to nothing last year (sorry to be too lazy to condense):

<span style=”font-weight: normal”><font size=”2″><font color=”#204a87″></font></font><span style=”font-weight: bold; color: #204a87″><font size=”3″>Ms PC: </font><font size=”3″>was it alpha hydroxy or beta hydroxy and at what strength were you using?</font>
<span style=”font-weight: normal”><span style=”font-weight: bold; color: #cc0000″><font size=”3″>S: </font><font size=”3″>both.</font>
<span style=”font-weight: normal”><font size=”3″>beta is for exfoliation in pores.. alpha for surface.</font>
<span style=”font-weight: normal”><span style=”font-weight: bold; color: #cc0000″><font size=”3″></font><font size=”3″>beta for blackheads.</font>
<span style=”font-weight: normal”><font size=”3″>alpha to make skin more even.</font>
<span style=”font-weight: bold; color: #204a87″><font size=”3″>Ms PC</font><span style=”font-weight: bold; color: #204a87″><font size=”3″>: </font><font size=”3″>what strengths were you using back when you were fading out your scars?</font>
<span style=”font-weight: normal”><span style=”font-weight: bold; color: #cc0000″><font size=”3″>S: </font><font size=”3″>14%</font>
<span style=”font-weight: bold; color: #204a87″><font size=”3″>Ms PC</font><span style=”font-weight: bold; color: #204a87″><font size=”3″>: </font><font size=”3″>in both cases?</font>
<span style=”font-weight: normal”><span style=”font-weight: bold; color: #cc0000″><font size=”3″>S: </font><font size=”3″>no, beta you can’t go past 2% without a prescription.</font>
<span style=”font-weight: bold; color: #204a87″><font size=”3″>Ms PC</font><span style=”font-weight: bold; color: #204a87″><font size=”3″>: </font><font size=”3″>which one do you think is the one that makes the most impact on scars?</font>
<span style=”font-weight: normal”><span style=”font-weight: bold; color: #cc0000″><font size=”3″>S: </font><font size=”3″>honestly? retin-a 0.05%</font>
<span style=”font-weight: normal”><font color=”#cc0000″><font size=”2″></font></font><font size=”3″>non-micro</font>

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2007

ack, sorry.  let’s try that again:

Ms PC: was it alpha hydroxy or beta hydroxy and at what strength were you using?
S: both.
beta is for exfoliation in pores.. alpha for surface.
beta for blackheads.
alpha to make skin more even.
Ms PC: what strengths were you using back when you were fading out your scars?
14%
Ms PC: in both cases?
no, beta you can’t go past 2% without a prescription.
Ms PC: which one do you think is the one that makes the most impact on scars?
S: honestly? retin-a 0.05%
non-micro

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