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FizzyBubbles
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Wed Oct 15, 2008 9:48 pm      Reply with quote
Has anyone found any product that will work to fade those dark marks that remain behind after the actual acne pimple is gone? My son is having this issue. Don't care if it is drugstore, department storem web etailer or home brewed!!!!!

If you found something that works, did you start to apply as soon as pimple was gone and did it prevent the mark or did you use on old marks and it faded? Either is appreciated!
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Wed Oct 15, 2008 10:18 pm      Reply with quote
I have this problem too. Acne marks that don't go away or take a century to fade off, scars, cuts, grazes as well. I recommend you consider Mederma. This is a German made gel (in a tube) made for scars. I am using it to fade off my cuts/grazes/pimple marks. It works though slowly. The older marks still exist but look more faint than before. I am not sure if you can find it easily where you live. Try googling to see if you can find it. Mederma is produced under Merz brand.
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Wed Oct 15, 2008 10:20 pm      Reply with quote
Oh yes I forgot to mention that someone gave me a tip to try applying Vitamin E as well. But a pharmacist told me it takes longer with Vit E. In any case, even if you can't find Mederma, try scar cream/gels in your local drug store. I've seen them in the US but am not sure how well they work.
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Thu Oct 16, 2008 6:02 am      Reply with quote
Will he do masks? I have the type of skin that scars easily. If I get a pimple the mark sometimes lasts for months. Sad But I have found that certain masks will help the mark to disappear quicker. My favourite is to use the PSF pumpkin peel for about a half hour (I built up to this slowly over time) immediately followed by the Juara Tumeric mask for about an hour. I do this 1-2 times a week. If he uses the pumpkin peel, make sure he uses a good sunscreen. I am using NIA24 and love this stuff because it also helps even out skin tone and pigmentation. All this can be bought here at EDS. Another option that I do is a homemade aspirin mask. If you do a search there are lots of recipies, but all I do is mix 5 uncoated aspirin with a couple drops of water to dissolve, mix a tsp of sugar and a bit of honey. Some also add a couple drops of milk. Leave on for 20 mins then add some water and very lightly massage your face as you would a scrub. Wash off and apply a good moisturizer. Hopefully he will find something that works. I also have a teenage son that went though a short spell with acne and I was always trying to get him to use products on his face, but I think his acne bothered me more than him because he never bothered with trying any of it.
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Thu Oct 16, 2008 9:16 am      Reply with quote
While mine haven't faded completely, I have found turmeric powder and skin brushing have helped to fade mine.

Brush the skin once or twice a day (depending on how sensitive it is) to get the blood, nutrients and oxygen moving though. Make sure the bristles of the brush are firm and don't bend or "flop" on contact with your skin.

I've made my own facial cleanser from scratch with turmeric in it, but you could easily add a pinch of turmeric to any cleanser you're using. Rinse off with water and then wipe any yellow stains away with oil or moisturizer and cotton wool.

If you want the full recipe let me know and I'll get it from upstairs. I should post it anyway because it's the best thing I've found to wash my skin with so far Smile
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Fri Oct 17, 2008 8:51 pm      Reply with quote
I sympathize. I looked for a way to fade post-acne marks for years. I've tried BHAs, AHAs, copper peptides, peels, masks, pills, etc.

I've found that I needed a combination of items because I have tougher skin than most people and the usual remedies didn't do enough for me. So what worked for me:

- Tazorac (or any retinoid, the strongest you can handle): speeds up exfoliation so the dark marks go away faster. Also helps with acne.

- Skinoren (or anything with azelaic acid, like Finacea): AA fades red marks

- Physician's Choice pHaze 13 Pigment Gel with hydroquinone (or anything with hydroquinone): fades dark marks. Of course, you should be cautious since HQ can have adverse effects for some.

The combination of these three things (along with stopping breakouts by fixing my hormones with Spiro) helped fade my dark/red post-acne marks in about 6 weeks. After a few months, they were hardly visible. HTH!

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Fri Oct 17, 2008 9:09 pm      Reply with quote
Would he go to an esthetician? I've found that getting microderms and salicylic acid peels help a lot. I also notice that Retinoids help. And while it's drastic, the Obagi products give excellent results...the ones that have hydroquinone, especially when used in combination with the Retinoids. Good luck!

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Sat Oct 18, 2008 2:59 pm      Reply with quote
I'm always on the lookout for products to fade my acne marks but I've found none to work. Well some (whitening serums) do lighten the mark. So instead of it being a deep dark red colour, it will lighten it to a dark pink mark which concealer can just about cover it up.
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Sat Oct 18, 2008 3:07 pm      Reply with quote
I think the worst thing is that it takes so darn long for the marks to fade! So in the meantime, you get another few pimples...which also leave behind marks. It's like they multiply Mad

Sometimes it's difficult for me to tell if a product is really working because of this process. When I feel like one mark is faded, another three show up to replace it Rolling Eyes

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Sat Oct 18, 2008 3:20 pm      Reply with quote
MEDERMA ® Skin Care for SCARS ™
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Sat Oct 18, 2008 3:21 pm      Reply with quote
Serious scar care.
No one wants to live with a scar. That’s why we’ve created MEDERMA®, and new MEDERMA® for Kids™. MEDERMA® is the #1 doctor- and pharmacist-recommended product for scars.

You don’t have to hide your scars.
Maybe you have long hair that covers acne scars. Or you wear long pants all summer to hide a mark on your knee. One of the most difficult parts of living with scars is feeling the need to conceal them. But with MEDERMA®, you don’t have to hide anymore.

It’s a greaseless, pleasant-smelling, topical gel that’s formulated to improve the appearance and feel of just about any kind of scar. Whether you have stretch marks from a pregnancy or a scar from surgery, MEDERMA® can help make your scar appear softer and smoother. No matter if it’s old or new.
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Sat Oct 18, 2008 7:21 pm      Reply with quote
EpidermX II has helped with my acne scars.

My facialist recommended Bio-Oil. Has anyone tried it?

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Sun Oct 19, 2008 10:40 pm      Reply with quote
I struggle with all sorts of hyperpigmentation and have tried everything under the sun and by far the most potent product I've used is a product called neoprosone vitamin c lightening gel. It contains arbutin as the active ingredient and it seriously works within days, you'll be able to see a difference overnight. With that said, it can be irritating and a bit too much for my skin and just perpetuate the hyperpigmentation cycle.
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Sun Oct 19, 2008 11:25 pm      Reply with quote
Please look for the skincare that contains AHA more than 8% concentrate. It can fade your acne scare and spot in 1 month.
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Mon Oct 20, 2008 2:14 am      Reply with quote
Yen wrote:
EpidermX II has helped with my acne scars.

My facialist recommended Bio-Oil. Has anyone tried it?


I tried bio-oil for about a year and it did not reduce the scars that much. Obagi is the only thing that have made mine practically disappear.
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Tue Oct 21, 2008 9:15 am      Reply with quote
I would recommend laser treatment, the only thing that works for my dark spots. Embarassed
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Tue Oct 21, 2008 9:31 am      Reply with quote
I hear Obagi clear is very good for acne scars. Unfortunately I can't try it right now because I'm pregnant Sad .
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Wed Oct 22, 2008 8:20 pm      Reply with quote
hahaqj wrote:
Serious scar care.
No one wants to live with a scar. That’s why we’ve created MEDERMA®, and new MEDERMA® for Kids™. MEDERMA® is the #1 doctor- and pharmacist-recommended product for scars.

You don’t have to hide your scars.
Maybe you have long hair that covers acne scars. Or you wear long pants all summer to hide a mark on your knee. One of the most difficult parts of living with scars is feeling the need to conceal them. But with MEDERMA®, you don’t have to hide anymore.

It’s a greaseless, pleasant-smelling, topical gel that’s formulated to improve the appearance and feel of just about any kind of scar. Whether you have stretch marks from a pregnancy or a scar from surgery, MEDERMA® can help make your scar appear softer and smoother. No matter if it’s old or new.


Are you an agent of Mederma? You sound like you're selling their product. But I do attest to the effectiveness of Mederma. I am using it right now and it has worked in fading scars by regenerating your skin growth. However some of my older marks or deeper marks have not been able to fully disappear. Sigh... I hate my right leg now. It's like full of scars/marks.

But I wonder if prolonged usage of Mederma has any side effects cos I am still using it as long as the scars stay there.
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Wed Oct 22, 2008 9:28 pm      Reply with quote
Hi Fizzybubbles,

Sorry if this post gets long - and I sound like a professor! (I get carried away sometimes! But, hopefully, there will be something that is helpful/informative!) Very Happy

Dark marks left after acne are caused by something called "post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation". PIH causes skin darkening because the cells that normally produce brown pigment evenly across the skin go into overdrive and produce too much melanin. This happens because of an inflammatory reaction in, or to an injury to, the skin. (For example, your son's acne outbreaks).

One of the ways to help avoid the marks would be to avoid the acne outbreaks as much as possible. (As a PIH sufferer myself, I know it's much easier to avoid the skin trauma than to try to clear up the hyperpigmentation. PIH can be VERY stubborn.) Has your son tried any of the OTC acne regimens? If not, they might help.

If PIH continues to be a problem, there are options to manage the pigmentation problems. Some are RX and some of them are OTC. Some can be pricey and some are fairly reasonable. It all depends.

4% hydroquinone is one of the dermatologists' (at least in countries where it is available) most common prescriptions. It can be found in Epiquin Micro, Lustra and Tri-Luma (to name a few). (FYI - I recently got a tube of Lustra from www.canadadrugsuperstore.com - no prescription required)

For patients with PIH related to acne or pimples, prescription retinoids are another commonly used treatment for both the acne and PIH. Retinoids are derivatives of vitamin A and include Retin-A, Differin, and Tazorac.

Azelaic acid is another prescription treatment for both acne and PIH. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and skin lightening properties. A small amount of this cream is applied to the acne and PIH prone skin once or twice daily. It is particularly useful for individuals who are unable to tolerate the hydroquinone products.

Glycolic acid products are also used as a treatment for PIH. These products work by gently exfoliating (removing) the upper-most layer of the skin and the dark marks with it. The concentration of glycolic acid contained in the products range from 5 to 20 percent. Products with the lower concentrations can be purchased in drugstores, but the products containing the higher concentrations must be acquired from a dermatologist’s office.

There are quite a few options open for your son - and there definitely are a lot of threads here discussing the options above.

One thing to remember is that sunscreen is really helpful in avoiding the darkening of PIH. Any bit of sun exposure can serve to darken the PIH and make it that much harder to eliminate.

Hope this helps!


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Fri Oct 24, 2008 1:55 am      Reply with quote
Yes,

The only effective way is to exfoliate and exfoliate. Not to the extend of everyday, but to add in regeneration substance in your regimen.

I use Retin-A every night and nothing else. Using pumpkin peel two to three times a week.
Monthly microdermabrasion treatment every month.
Dark spots have since fade out pretty quick if you don't observe your skin everyday in front of the mirror.

And let nature takes its course. Our skin has this amazing ability to heal and repair by itself, so dun hinder the process.
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Mon Nov 03, 2008 3:48 am      Reply with quote
i have a few scars on my right leg. a scratch and 2 scars from a fall. i've been using Mederma and it has effectively faded but not gone away. i have no idea why the scratch is takin so long to fade away. i am not sure if there is any harm from prolong usage of mederma but i am hoping after a looong time, it will fade off completely.

i can't use pumpkin peel and all that for my leg scars right? it'll be too expensive...? any suggestions?
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Mon Nov 03, 2008 12:12 pm      Reply with quote
Mederma worked great for me when I used it as they directed. Since it takes it awhile to work (8 weeks to 6 months), I can't imagine there would be any harm from prolonged use. I also saw where they have a new product with SPF 30 in it and they say that the sun can discolor your scar too. Interesting! Someone told me their website has a discount coupon. You should check it out for your next purchase. Keep using it and good luck with your results. Smile
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Mon Nov 03, 2008 12:19 pm      Reply with quote
MTRLB wrote:
Yes,

The only effective way is to exfoliate and exfoliate. Not to the extend of everyday, but to add in regeneration substance in your regimen.

I use Retin-A every night and nothing else. Using pumpkin peel two to three times a week.
Monthly microdermabrasion treatment every month.
Dark spots have since fade out pretty quick if you don't observe your skin everyday in front of the mirror.

And let nature takes its course. Our skin has this amazing ability to heal and repair by itself, so dun hinder the process.


I will agree with this. I experienced a break out a couple of months ago from a product (that I will not use again). I found using a strong (low pH) BHA and my Retin A daily did the trick the fastest. I saw changes in the blemishes daily - as in, they would peel a little bit each day and fade more and more. This took about a month or so for them to disappear completely. I had a dozen or more spots to clear up from my product use mishap.

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taobunny wrote:
Hi Fizzybubbles,

Sorry if this post gets long - and I sound like a professor! (I get carried away sometimes! But, hopefully, there will be something that is helpful/informative!) Very Happy Smile


Are you a professor, taobunny?
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Mon Nov 03, 2008 8:52 pm      Reply with quote
Vitamin E oil can help reduce scars if used topically, but it will take quite a while to see any improvement.
Exfoliating regularly is good to get rid of the dry, dead cells faster and improve overall complexion.
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