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minigister
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Thu Apr 02, 2009 6:45 pm      Reply with quote
hello

I have pretty bad scars and hyper pigmentation from my horrible acne i used to have. I have read alot of good things about obagi nuderm but unfortunately I cant afford it right now. I am looking for a very cheap alternative for the time being until I buy the obagi system. Cheap natural homemade type stuff that are proven to work.

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Thu Apr 02, 2009 7:12 pm      Reply with quote
Obagi did nothing for my shallow acne scars. Literally no improvement, maybe even it looks worse now. Acne scars that are red will not be improved by Obagi. Obagi can help any brown discoloration very well though.
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Thu Apr 02, 2009 7:22 pm      Reply with quote
amonavis wrote:
Obagi did nothing for my shallow acne scars. Literally no improvement, maybe even it looks worse now. Acne scars that are red will not be improved by Obagi. Obagi can help any brown discoloration very well though.



I dont have acne anymore. I have scars because i used to pop them alot. I read that obagi is really good for that. Anyways im not really gonna go for obagi right now. Any cheap alternatives for the time being?
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Thu Apr 02, 2009 7:24 pm      Reply with quote
I have read good reviews on this forum for Decleor Prolagene Gel to help remove and heal hyperpigmentation and minor scarring. I have just started using this myself so I cannot give you my verdict yet but it is quite cheap and reviews suggest that if used consistantly over 3 months it will help the skin to repair the damage to skin caused by acne.
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Thu Apr 02, 2009 7:26 pm      Reply with quote
You could try to use the main components of Obagi without spending too much money; Retin A, a hydroquinone product, an AHA product, topical C serum, and a good sunscreen. See if that helps your skin.

Amonavis is correct, Nu Derm will not get rid of scars.
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Fri Apr 03, 2009 5:41 am      Reply with quote
minigister wrote:
hello

I have pretty bad scars and hyper pigmentation from my horrible acne i used to have. I have read alot of good things about obagi nuderm but unfortunately I cant afford it right now. I am looking for a very cheap alternative for the time being until I buy the obagi system. Cheap natural homemade type stuff that are proven to work.

thanks


Hi Minigister

If you're after some cheap natural homemade type stuff, i can recommend what i am using now. I've also got hyperpigmentation and red scarring left over from a cystic acne outbreak from last year.

Firstly, i add turmeric to my usual cleanser - just a jar of the regular kitchen spice. it's very cheap. you could always buy a commercial brand of turmeric cleanser but this is ideal if you already have plenty of cleanser. Turmeric lightens the skin and i have to say i've seen improvement from using this.

Secondly, i use tamanu oil at night. I just "dot" this on red/scarred areas - its not great for the entire face as it's so thick and syrupy. Again, i've really noticed definite improvement.

Other than that, i'd recommend regular exfoliation to shed the dead skin and bring the newer (less scarred) skin to the top. i think this helps the scars to fade quicker. i use dermalogica microfoliant most days and then try to do a deeper exfoliation once a week.

I have been using this "system" for a good few weeks now and have been crowing on about it to anybody who will listen! it amazed me that natural products could have such a marked improvement on my skin and is definitely worth a try before you spend lots of money.

HTH Smile

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Mon Apr 06, 2009 4:21 pm      Reply with quote
If you are looking for natural check out gardenofwisdom.com
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Mon Apr 06, 2009 8:55 pm      Reply with quote
Teabags, I have never heard of either of those methods for lightening marks before. How much turmeric do you use? Do you premix it into your cleanser, or just add it each time? Where do you get the oil? I've never heard of it. And just out of curiosity, how did you find out about these methods? TIA for your reply.
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Have you thought of trying the "Beurer" low level light therapy wand. It is a medical grade tool that sells on the Canadian Shopping channel for about $79.00.
It is great for scars and hyper pigmentation. I use it for better skin tone and tightening.
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Tue Apr 07, 2009 5:06 am      Reply with quote
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Have you thought of trying the "Beurer" low level light therapy wand. It is a medical grade tool that sells on the Canadian Shopping channel for about $79.00.
It is great for scars and hyper pigmentation. I use it for better skin tone and tightening.


How long have you used the Beurer? And, how long did it take for you to notice improvment in your skin tone?
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Tue Apr 07, 2009 5:16 am      Reply with quote
marnie wrote:
Teabags, I have never heard of either of those methods for lightening marks before. How much turmeric do you use? Do you premix it into your cleanser, or just add it each time? Where do you get the oil? I've never heard of it. And just out of curiosity, how did you find out about these methods? TIA for your reply.


Hi Marnie

I heard about both of these from threads on EDS - a mine of useful information this place!

I know you can buy a commercial "turmeric cream" but don't know what brands, sorry. I just put a little bit of my cleanser into my hand, shake out a little turmeric (about half a teaspoon?), mix it all together and then use it as a normal cleanser. it's cheap and effective. i would suggest another normal cleanse afterwards to remove every trace of the turmeric as it goes yellow! i use daily microfoliant afterwards anyway, which seems to do the job well.

I'd also never heard of tamanu oil before joining this site. I'm in UK and could only get it online but i think it will be pretty easily available in the USA. I'd try a toiletry-making or aromatherapy website.

If you want more info, i'd try to search the threads - there's a couple about turmeric. The one about tamanu oil if i remember correctly is in the Product Review section and is entitled "Josie something Argan oil".

HTH Smile

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Tue Apr 07, 2009 8:41 am      Reply with quote
pandora77 wrote:
I have read good reviews on this forum for Decleor Prolagene Gel to help remove and heal hyperpigmentation and minor scarring. I have just started using this myself so I cannot give you my verdict yet but it is quite cheap and reviews suggest that if used consistantly over 3 months it will help the skin to repair the damage to skin caused by acne.


I personally had no results with the Prolagene... and to make matters worse, the yeasty smell it had made me sick to my stomach Confused

My best success with changing my skin texture/color has been religious pumpkin peels combined with copper peptides and rosehip oil.

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