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Hey All,
So I've browsed the forum and although there are lots of suggested ways of getting rid of scars and marks left behind by acne, I would really appreciate it if you could suggest any products or treatments that have actually been successfully tried and tested by you in removing the marks. By marks I mean dark purple/brown marks that lie on the surface of the skin that don't seem to budge. I'm in my late teens, I'm almost 18 and I'm really desperate to have clear skin.I hate having to wear makeup to cover up the blemishes. I look after my skin both internally and externally. I drink lots of water, I avoid touching my face, I eat healthy, lots of fruit and veg, rarely eat junk food, moisturise regularly, use a cleanser and multi-active toner daily and yet the monstrous marks remain!

Help would be greatly appreciate..
Lots of Love,
Roxy
 

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Look for a skin lightening cream with a high concentration of Kojic Acid. I have had really good luck with kojic acid in fading dark spots form acne breakouts.
 

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I used to have the same problem. First you have to know that it will take about a month for a scar to lighten because that's how long it takes for your skin to create a new layer and slough off the old one.
Here are some tips:
Exfoliate regularly with a nonabrasive scrub
Tone with strong chamomile tea (it gently lightens darker spots)
You can try using Mederma or another scar-fading product
Take a vitamin A, vitamin E, and Fish oil supplement every day
 

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In every reply to acne posts I seam to repeat my self, but this is the best solution I have found. Do you still have trouble with acne? If you can reduce the ance brakeouts to a minimal, that might prevent the purple scarring all together. Rosehip oil are often used to heal scars of all kinds and might be worth trying. Some skin experts object to use of oils on acne prone skin because it can increase the levels of bacterias that aggrivate acne. This is however not always the case and if you have your acne under control this is worth trying.

If you still have problembs with acne or clogged pores I recommend trying weekly acid peels and particularly a mix of salicylic/lactic acids. It is the single treatment that has helped me the most (and I have tried them all). The salicylic will help dissolve hardened oils and any dead skin cells accumulating in the pores. This type of peels is by far the best for oily skin :)
 

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The first thing is to get rid of your active acne. Do a google search for liver cleanse and acne, so you can get more info. I truly believe that this is the cause. You'll find articles that explain that acne is a hormonal imbalance as well as the livers inability to get rid of toxins properly. I believe you when you say that you eat healthy. I do as well and still break out. There are people who eat like crap but still have beautiful skin. This is because their liver getting rid of their toxins properly.

I've decided to do a bowel cleanse first, then I'm doing a liver cleanse. According to the article, people with skin problems should do multiple liver cleanses to cure the acne. I also purchased some lactic acid because it is good for hyperpigmentation. I have the Obagi line which is also good for hyperpigmentation. I also take tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar 3x per day.(This does wonders). Try this for a week and you will see a difference (I promise).

I was doing some more research and decided to try washing my face with baking soda and water (my face never felt so good). Then at night apply fresh lemon juice. You will notice a big difference after doing that. I noticed a big difference the next morning. Try getting a facial mask as well. I use Bentonite clay (you can get this from Vitamin Shoppe). I hope this helps.

Basically, heal within and your skin should clear. I've already noticed a big difference. No active acne as I speak, but a ton of marks to get rid of
 

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hi Rox Pox ... well Caribcutie gave you lots of, what i believe to be, good information ... (Thanks there Caribcutie, i'm gonna check that out too!!
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I'm somewhat older than you Rox, but throughout, have suffered with problematic skin... especially marks, as i am mixed race.. but a few years ago i started to use MD Formulations.. (not inexpensive, but good) .. I would not recommend you starting on the range, think your too young, as it contains glycolic acid ... HOWEVER, for specific marks they have a gel called 'skin perfection gel' (cannot remember how much it is, but it will last you an age) all you need to do is dab it directly onto the mark... for me the results are instantaneous .. i mean it!! it dries it up so, so fast

what I would say, is that marks tend not you go because there is still some puss within, which may have gone hard, this stuff will draw it out without a battle...

good luck young un

blaze :sunshine
 

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Does anyone know which would be better for getting rid of acne scars; Microdermabrasion or a chemical skin peel?
 

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hi rox

check out your salons, and see who stocks MD Formulations ... if they do, they are more than likely to do glycolic facial peels, which you are referring to..

to my understanding, especially with MD, you have to be using the skin range for at least 3wks consistently, before you can be introduced to peels.. microbrasion or blation .. does not/will not work on all skin problems ... so get yourself a consultation, at a well respected clinic ... you don't have to go with that particular clinic, but you want the correct professional advice


good luck

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Rox Pox, I wish I could email you privately. I think that you should try the lactic peels. Lactic Acid is excellent for hyperpigmentation. Microderm is good also. I used to have lactic acid peels and microdermabrasion done on the same day (right after each other). I also had laser treatments for the marks on my skin. At that point in time, I wish I took the time to address why I was breaking out so that my skin would still be clear today.

In my earlier post, I said I'm doing internal cleansing and it's working. I have no acne and I'm soooo happy. I lost a few pounds too
So now I'm working on getting rid of the marks.

I don't use soap on my face. I wash with baking soda and water (make a paste) exfoliate your skin with it, leave it on for a few minutes, then rinse. Right now I'm using the Obagi line to get rid of the marks on my skin. The Obagi line includes Retin A and Hydroquinone. Twice per week I do my own Lactic Acid peels. So far so good. I'm looking forward to having flawless skin one of these days
 

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You can purchase Retin A for about $30 and Hydroquinone for about $30 as well. Use this combo at night. You should get the Retin A gel if you have oily skin.
 

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hey Rox Pox, how is it all going? thought i'd bring you up to date
I went to a salon recently, grumbling about the blemishes on my skin... again I was told about MD Formulations ... instead of using the Gel i mentioned before, she told me to use the Illuminating Serum .. Wow got some results .. only issue is this - its mustard colour, so you look like you have jaundice... though a thin layer in the day would probably be ok, at night you can go for it or just apply it directly to the mark... basically it is a lightening product that acts like a peel, which she highly recommended that i sign up for a course of glycolic peels...

well hope it helps ya!

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hey Rox Pox, how is it all going? thought i'd bring you up to date
I went to a salon recently, grumbling about the blemishes on my skin... again I was told about MD Formulations ... instead of using the Gel i mentioned before, she told me to use the Illuminating Serum .. Wow got some results .. only issue is this - its mustard colour, so you look like you have jaundice... though a thin layer in the day would probably be ok, at night you can go for it or just apply it directly to the mark... basically it is a lightening product that acts like a peel, which she highly recommended that i sign up for a course of glycolic peels...

well hope it helps ya!

blaze
Does this Illuminating serum have kojic acid in it? If so, that explains the mustard color. I use a product as well with kojic acid. I get great results.....but the color of it is not pretty. This is why I will only use it at night.

Even with the color, stick with it, I think you will see results. As a glycolic user too, I think peels are great. Not everyone likes them or the results, but for myself, I love them. It helps slough off the dead skin so that your products can be more effective.

Best of luck with your Illuminating serum-
 

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Does this Illuminating serum have kojic acid in it? If so, that explains the mustard color. I use a product as well with kojic acid. I get great results.....but the color of it is not pretty. This is why I will only use it at night.

Even with the color, stick with it, I think you will see results. As a glycolic user too, I think peels are great. Not everyone likes them or the results, but for myself, I love them. It helps slough off the dead skin so that your products can be more effective.

Best of luck with your Illuminating serum-
Hey Gymrat, I have disregarded the packaging so cannot check up on the ingredients in this serum ... however I have seen many posts on this site mentioning Kojic Acid - I'm not so sure what it is, but if I discover anymore about MD, I'll get back to ya!!

yep, glycolic peels are great, just expensive

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Kojic acid discovered in Japan in the 80's, derived from mushrooms. Inhibits pigmentation. If you google it a few sites with detailed info come up, Check it out.
 

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Look for a skin lightening cream with a high concentration of Kojic Acid. I have had really good luck with kojic acid in fading dark spots form acne breakouts.
Hi BlackGoddess, how much concentration of Kojic Acid will you consider to be a high concentration?, thanks
 
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