Acne scarring

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Hi I am new here and am looking for advice please.  I am 60 and  female.

I had very bad acne as a teenager which has left scaring and deep pits in my skin.  I don't have active acne any more or for a long time thank goodness but the scars really affect my confidence.  I have had 2 dermabrasions in the past on the NHS and I don't know if any other treatment is available or effective.

Can anyone suggest anything else I could try please?  I have looked at laser treatment but it is not available on the NHS and I can't afford to go privately.  

Thank you. 

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    Hi hypercat,

    Have you tried rubbing a natural cream in, like vitamin E or Re-Gen serum?

    These are a natural and risk-free way to improve the skin's texture and smooth out any scars or blemishes.

    - Mistrys

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      Hi Mistrys thank you for your reply.  No I haven't tried anything like that. It's not so much scars as I can cover those with a good foundation, as deep pits.  Not sure how much effect a natural cream would have?  
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      yeah, i agree to Mistrys, this one might help.

      My sister leave deep pits in her skin, so she starting to applied cream rich in vitamin e, so far works fine on her.

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    Hi Hypercat,

    An alternative would be to try 'chemical peels', these effectively do a similar job to the dermabrasion but use chemical enzymes instead. More gentle peels are available from some 'qualified' beauty therapists (look for ITEC) qualified. Or you could try a Dr although the latter would be more costly. 

    Importantly check qualifications and the persons experience. If this is not an option for you, you culd try remedial camouflage make-up. You can learn to do this yourself and it is far better than everyday make-up and stays on all day. It takes a little practice to get the shades correct but it's amazing what effects can be achieved. All the best.

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      Thank you for your reply Agnes but I don't get acne now and haven't for 35 years.  My question was what to do about the pitts and scarring of my skin.  

      I am a believer in meds and they certainly helped me at the time even though I had a good diet when young.  Acne is a skin disease and isn't cured by diet alone.  It is a multi pronged attack not a single one which is needed.

      Thank you for responding to my question rubikscube.  I last saw a dermatologist around 8 years ago and he said that chemical peels would not help as the damage is too severe.   This is despite having 2 dermabrasions on the nhs back in the 80's.  

      I have tried the camouflage make which is very good and does hide most of the damage.  But this is very expensive and as I am on benefits just can't afford it.  I might be able to get it on prescription though??  

      I was just hoping someone had found something which helped them without being too expensive.  xx 



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