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amnis
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Sun Dec 04, 2005 8:32 pm      Reply with quote
My main concern is about scars. On my chin area I have raised scars ranging from about 2-6mm in diameter. These are acne scars from as long as 10 years ago so 98% of them are not red anymore. I over produce scar tissue in/on my body so any scar I have is raised... kind of puffy if you will. I am self-conscious about them Embarassed

So, I am looking for something that helps reduce the height (that sounds so weird!) of the scars. Do you think Bio-Oil would work for this? Also, do you think I need to worry about it clogging my pores or causing a rash?

I know beggars can't be choosy (I have found products that help reduce the redness after a lesion heals) but it sure would be nice to flatten out these scars I speak of. I can't afford laser surgery so I am trying to find an inexpensive alternative.

Relatively speaking, Bio-oil doesn't seem to be that expensive. Do you think this reflects the quality?

(I am from the U.S. but luckily I found a British website to order from if I decide to try the stuff (it's not available in the U.S)).

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Mon Dec 05, 2005 12:38 am      Reply with quote
i have only used bio oil for a 2nd degree burn on my hand

the scar healed quite well but it required daily massage

i have not tried on my face as i have oily skin and i live in humid conditions (but probably could do with it NOW as i am in beijing facing -15 degrees soon...)

perhaps rose hip oil could be good for those scars if your skin can tolerate it.

the best thing for my scars on the face was SC vitamin C serum.. expensive but definitely saw results!
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Thu Feb 15, 2007 1:57 pm      Reply with quote
I just purchased this from a local store. Yay-no shipping. The price was 10.99 The box says specialist skincare for *scars *stretch marks *uneven skin tone *aging skin (that's me) *dehydrated skin (me again). Will post results after using it for a bit.

http://www.bio-oil.info/

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Fri Feb 16, 2007 3:15 am      Reply with quote
I might have to try this - I managed to give myself a nasty little gash on the leg at the weekend which is healing up now but it was quite deep and wide so it's going to leave a scar for sure.
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Fri Feb 16, 2007 3:34 am      Reply with quote
I didn't find that it worked for me & I used it 2x daily for 2 months. Which maybe wasn't long enough Question but some of my friends say it has helped reduce their stretch marks.
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Fri Feb 16, 2007 10:54 am      Reply with quote
Just did a search for "purcellin oil" which is an ingredient in the Bio Oil and came up with this.

http://www.geocities.com/fragranceallergy/ChemicalsUsedInCosmetics.html#letterp

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Fri Feb 16, 2007 11:21 am      Reply with quote
What a scare list! I don't agree with everything on it - among the bleeding obvious: olive oil, linseed oil (flaxseed oil) and rosemary extract - they claim these are harmful to the skin! And they don't even bother to tell you exactly why? Exactly how? Where is the clinical evidence?

Amnis, if you have the time, I suggest you have a read of what Dr Pickart has to say about skin re-modelling on http://www.skinbiology.com.

It sounds like you have keloids, which are raised scar tissue - that can be really hard to get rid of. But instead of running out and buying something OTC with dubious claims, if you understand a few of the fundamentals in skin renewal you will be in a better position to seek out products with the right ingredients to achieve the outcomes you want.
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Fri Feb 16, 2007 4:20 pm      Reply with quote
I've had the type of scars you're describing, they sound similar to keloids. Mine were really raised, lumpy and red. Lumpy enough to be able to feel if you felt through a top you were wearing.
I did try using Bio Oil without much success, hydrated the skin well and made it feel less taut and itchy but no noticeable improvemnet appearance wise. If it is keloid scaring that you have, then those type of scars are very difficult to get rid of completely. In time they will flatten naturally. After a good few years mine have turned from a bright red/purple colour to whitish marks that have flattened condiderably. Though I must say it took many years to reach this stage. I can't remember the exact name but you can buy scar reduction sheets that I've heard good things about, Merderma? I'm not sure of the name.
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Fri Feb 16, 2007 4:40 pm      Reply with quote
Yes, I used Mederma myself for a few months following surgery on my shoulder. They work well on fresh scars, but they have to be on 24/7! A bit hard to be wearing these on your chin - they would get far more attention than the scars themselves.
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Sat Feb 17, 2007 3:46 pm      Reply with quote
Amnis, your concern about scars is still on my mind. This morning I read that dark scarring and hyperpigmentation are caused to some extent by iron deposits in the skin.

L-ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) has a chelating effect on iron and it is believed (not formally researched yet) to achieve a lightening effect on skin by breakding down the iron.

I don't have raised scars, but it has been my experience that a potent L-ascorbic potion (at least 15% if not more and this WILL sting) has lightened and faded old and new scars, and hyperpigmentation on my face and body.

Potent OTC Vitamin C potions are very very expensive. So I mix up my own by just buying L-Ascorbic Acid crystals (very very cheap) and agitating in distilled water. The mixture does not keep, so if I don't use it all up at once, I throw the rest out - it is cheap enough for this! I use this as an allover toner. It won't flatten the scars, but it might just fade them.
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Sat Feb 17, 2007 4:09 pm      Reply with quote
From my experience, you get what you pay for with bio-oil.

If you have old raised scars cica-care do self adhesive gel strips which work amazingly at getting rid of the scarring, although not sure how you could use it on your face, maybe at night.

Check out their site at...
http://www.cicacare.com
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Mon Feb 19, 2007 7:59 am      Reply with quote
blue sage natural's skin savr showed some promise. i have the same sort of scars - discoloured and raised. i used a sample for about a week - the change seemed noticeable enough that i ordered a full size.
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Mon Feb 19, 2007 8:01 am      Reply with quote
also, i just started using epidermx last night. it's not very expensive on it's own. you might want to try that and maye the chrysalix, too. i bought it as a package from goldport.
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