Thursday, July 03, 2008

Reader Question: What happened to your scars?

I had a question from Diana from my previous post about fighting acne.

Her questions was:
could you post what you did with your scars? im pretty sure if you had alot of cystic acne wouldn't you get pock marks? :X i have alot now too but they're not that deep :]

First of all, I was fortunate enough not to get pock marks. The pock mark that I probably still have on my face that never went away was from my chicken pox day from constantly scratching it. Because of that I never scratched anything itchy on my face.

When I was on a breakout havoc a few years ago, I made an attempt to NEVER touch or scratch my pimples. Let alone pop that sucker out til it bleeds (sorry for the graphic detail). I'm not sure if it's just me, but just the idea of popping pimples grosses me out. Scratching or popping anything on your face will aggrevate your skin hence why it leaves a scar (to remind you not to do it again :]). So left my pimples alone til they pop on their own. That's how I have at least prevented really bad pock marks on my face. It's probably the first step in treating acne. Do not touch your face or pop that pimple no matter how tempting it gets (again it's beauty common sense but we seem to forget it everytime).

As far as scarring goes, I used few different products to help lightened it. The condition of my skin has improved, and I have minimal visible scarring left on my face which are slowly but surely fading. Remember that these things takes time and patience. If you want your scars gone right away, start saving up and investing on a laser treatment.

The most effective product that has really lightened my scars is the Ly-na Face Pearl Cream (Click here and here for related blog entries). It's a great product if used right. I've also tried Scarzone, but I didn't think it was as effective as the pearl cream. I switched later on into using a product by Sewame Paris called Spots-removing & Trace-Free Essence (refer to picture on the left) that Sasa.com carried . I actually recommended this product to a friend of mine, but it's either Sewame discontinued this product or Sasa.com is currently out of stock because I can no longer find it on the website. Anyway, Sewame also helped a lot in fading my acne scars. Initially, I didn't think that the product was going to work and thought it was a gimmick. But, overtime I saw results. What I liked about it was it was very light and it quickly absorbed in my skin (I will do a formal review on this).

Using sunscreen also helps fading acne scars. By protecting your face against sun exposure, it helps minimize the pigmentation of your scars. Sun exposure makes your scar more apparent because of UV-radiation that makes it darker. I use Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion for Face and Body SPF 55 and it has done wonders for me. It's definitely one of the factors that help my face clear up. It didn't break me out and it doesn't leave a white, pasty mask on my face.

Lastly, exfoliating once a week promotes skin turn-over because you're shedding off the bad layer of your skin. If you're face is sensitive, a great scrub is simply mixing sugar and honey together. It'll leave your skin nice, soft, and glowy.
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11 comments

  1. Pimples..I pop em like they're hot. BIG CRIME! Just can't help it.

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  2. Great post! I'm very guilty of picking my pimples as well, I should really stop.

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  3. Thank you :D that helped me alot!
    im using top gel and im going to buy lyna pearl cream soon :]

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  4. I'm SO addicted to popping pimples, blackheads, you name it, I pop it! LOL! I'm glad that your routine worked out for you! Your skin is FLAWLESS now!

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  5. Have you tried bio-oil for scarring? I don't have any so I couldn't try but I heard it works.

    I use it to smooth out my complexion and I've been using for less than a week and I can see major difference in my face already.

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  6. Oh wow. I actually don't have a problem with my face scars but it's just scars on my legs. -___- Ever since last year I scratched and scratched them because of the mosquitoe bites. Bad idea.

    I never thought about the honey and sugar thing. :D Other than that, what scrub would you rec? I tried the St. Apricot one but I don't think it does much

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  7. speaking of pimples i have a giant one right under my nose! it's taking me all i got not to scratch at it! lol but on your comment.. i didnt buy all those in one day it was in one month and mostly because 1 i was on vacation and 2 when i came back from vacation, MAC had that F&F discount! lol!

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  8. I pop my pimples -_-;;; I know I shouldn't but I can't help it :P

    I don't have that many scars except right under my chin.

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  9. Hi,

    I'm starting a feature on my blog, HomeSpaGoddess.com about all the products beauty blogger can't live without. Your blog is great and I'd love for you to participate:)

    Just answer this question:

    You're stranded on a desert island where all of your basic needs (food, water, shelter) are taken care of. You are allowed an unlimited supply of only 7 beauty products. What seven products would you choose?

    They can be products for hair, face or body. If you want to participate just email me your answers at hsg{at}homespagoddess.com and put "Island Beauty" in the subject line. I'm going to run my "Island Beauty" feature once a week and I'll email you when you're featured.

    Thanks!

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  10. Do you happen to know the ingredients in that cream? And did it work for body acne scars as well? I wonder if I can find this in Asian Beauty stores?

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  11. @katy: I've tried bio-oil and it didn't work too well with my skin. It actually made my breakouts worse. It's probably because bio oil is made with mineral oil. But I'm glad it's working out well for you.

    @christy: for scrubs, that's pretty much what I used. just because it's safe on my face, natural, and inexpensive! I haven't really tried anything else cuz I'm scared they might break me out. I used to love St. Ives Apricot scrub as well... but it became too harsh for my skin.

    @fabu-less beauty: Here are the ingredients for the Ly-na Pearl Cream: Stearic Acid, Centanol, Lanolin, Glyceryl Monostearate, Isopropyl Myristate, Sulfur, Perfume, Ion Exchange Water, Glycerine, Potassium Hydroxide, Pearl Powder. I haven't really tried this on body scars since it's meant to minimize acne and scarring. They should be availble at Asian Markets. I actually got mine at 99 Ranch Market (where they sell tea and facial products) but they have it in Seafood City too.

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