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Glycolic peel for acne scars or something else?

(12 Posts)
ThatUsernameIsTaken Wed 10-May-17 10:22:47

The more I look in the mirror the more i see old scarring from bad acne. My scars are not bumpy as such but without foundation I look shite. I also have raised, large pores around my cheeks where it is hard to cover as any makeup settles right in! Add lovely (!) greasy skin to the mix and it's all a bit of a mess. So I am now looking at facial peels. I have seen plenty of offers on groupon for glycolic, microdermabrasian, pumpkin brightening facials etc but wanted to know if ayone who has had similar problems to me has had peels which have made a difference. If so what did you have done and how many courses? I want to be able to leave the house without foundation. I hate it in the summer because it makes me feel even more paranoid that my face is melting but without is even worse. Please help.

TheLittleFoxes Wed 10-May-17 18:47:50


ThatUsernameIsTaken Wed 10-May-17 22:07:18

Noone? sad well to add I have started using the NSpa oil cleanser, hot cloth polish and brightening cream to see if anything helps. I think this has maybe stripped my skin back a bit making the scars more obvious!? That's what I am telling myself and am also trying to persevere with it.

chloechloe Thu 11-May-17 08:22:38

If they're old scars that you want to get rid of you need professional treatment not cosmetic products.

I had scarring from cystic acne and had a course of 6 Easy TCA Peel treatments. The scars more or less disappeared, there are just a few stubborn ones still visible but much reduced in colour and size. It's not for the faint hearted though as it causes your skin to peel off! I still went into work but was very paranoid - constantly checking in the mirror for peeling bits of skin and slapping on moisturiser. I'm so glad I did it though.

If I were you I would make an appointment with a dematologist who can recommend the best treatment for you. Now is the wrong time of year though - it should be done in autumn or winter as you need to stay out the sun whilst you're having treatment.

Hope that helps!

Gah81 Thu 11-May-17 08:41:25

Also following. Depends on what kind of scars you have. Are they rolling? Or ice pick? I too would say see a dermatologist who can recommend something. Am seeing a super fancy derm next week to try to deal with mine once and for all (mine are rolling).

You're not alone. The sheer number of times these threads have popped up are proof of that!

ExcuseMeButImHavingACrisis Thu 11-May-17 09:19:46

Use a good quality Vit C serum. You'll need to use it for a while before you see results

ThatUsernameIsTaken Thu 11-May-17 09:47:47

I will attach a pic but be warned as I haven't washed my face and got horrid dry skin (late pregnancy for me). They're not icepick more pigmented i think.

ThatUsernameIsTaken Thu 11-May-17 09:49:56

Excuse the double chin also blush. Yep I look a mess

Shop Thu 11-May-17 20:07:35

You really don't look a mess!!

Pop in to the skincare thread with the snail and have a read, you'll pick up some good ideas

GigiBuffon Fri 12-May-17 00:03:42

My scarring was a bit redder & bumpier than that. I alternated using Alpha H Liquid Gold and the Alpha H Exfoliating scrub every night for a couple of months and the scarring went.

They are glycolic products, so I think glycolic peels would work for you. It's up to you to decide if you were more comfortable with a few, deeper professional peels or just use a home product regularly over a reasonable period of time.

chloechloe Fri 12-May-17 08:27:31

They're not bad at all and it may be that using an acid at home would be enough. I recommended a professional peel assuming they were worse than that!

ThatUsernameIsTaken Fri 12-May-17 09:09:50

Thanks for all the recommendations! Once baby is here (4 weeks) I am definitely going in for a few glycolic peels. Do they have to be spaced out over 4 weeks? Also do they dry skin out? I think leaving it to the professionals at the beginning would be a good idea for myself and then like GigiBuffon has recommended I will use glycolic products at home.

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