Post # 1
I am sooo fed up with my skin! I am 28 almost 29 and still suffering from acne. I went to the derm. last week and she put me on an oral anti-biotic for my acne and a topical one called Finacea. It’s only been a week and I haven’t seen any changes. My main problem is small blackheads all over my face…if I try to get it out then I get red spots on my face. Anyways, frustrating as it is, I am also upset with my skin in general. I probably have some small acne scarring and slight sun spots (also some freckles mixed in) and I just wish I had that even looking creamy skin. So, I was thinking about getting a chemical peel or doing microdermabrasion. Do these help with acne? Which would be the best one for me to get?
I know that chemical peels are more expensive….how much usually and how many treatments do you need? Same questions for microdermabrasion. Thanks so much ladies!!
Post # 3
Picking at blackheads will cause enlarged (permanent) pores and scarring. Don’t do that. The antibiotics won’t help with that – blackheads are trapped dirt, not caused by bacteria. I think both of the options you listed have the potential to help with the smoothness of your skin, but remember that if you strip your skin of all the oils, your skin will overproduce oils in response and thus cause the acne cycle to worsen.
I think you should talk to your dermatologist about this instead of us – only they have access to the actual medical studies that will tell you what to do to get results. Anything people tell you here will be an unscientific sampling – which won’t really help you.
Post # 4
@crayfish:Thanks. I have a consult with a doctor this week, I just thought I’d see if anyone here has had either done and whether they liked them or not.
Post # 5
I’ve done microdermabrasion for blackheads, and it was very effective. The serious exfoliation works to get the trapped dirt and oil out of the pores. But it’s not a permanent solution – you have to keep doing it, maybe once every 6 weeks or so, to maintain the effect.
Post # 6
For acne scar Microdermabrasion is the best. It is the best treatment to rid off from acne scars. This treatment is done at the upper layer of the skin. I have experience of it and get the best results. There are no side effects of it.
For more details visit : http://www.microdermabrasionguide.com/
Post # 7
@MacFaniam24: I used srips for blackheads on my nose once. It got every last one of them! I swear it looked like tiny little hairs on the strip, but it was all black heads!
Post # 8
Chemical peels are actually better for treating active acne. It will aid in drying them and speed cell turnover to achieve healthier skin. I much prefer the results of chemical peels.
Micro is an option for scarriing, but not hugely effective on deep scars. Chemical peel results on brown or red discoloration from acne are comparable to micro, although some chem peels can actually peel deeper iin one treatmen than micro. So again, I think chem wins out for effectiveness and cost.
Another consideration is that the crystals used with micro can be irritating and actually worsen acne. Not for everyone, but it does happen.
There are newer forms of micro availablel that don’t use loose crystals. I’ve never tried them.
I was really happy with the results from a series of chem peels. My skin looked healthier and gained a glow, the acne cleared-up and it helped with discoloration.
There are different types of peels, so ask a lot of questions and know what results to expect before you spend your money.
PM me if you have questions or if I can give you specific dr’s info… I don’t work for any of them, but I have had consults with quite a few and have my favorites!