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Hi All, I am a 25 year old female and always suffered from acne. I have acne scars (large pours and indentations - pit scarring) as a result of this on my cheeks and between my eye brows. I have looked into getting laser removal to help, but have read mixed reviews and as its really expensive for 3 sessions, i wanted to get some feedback and find out peoples experience... if it worked for them? if the scarring returned? if acne returned? Any Advise would be greatful. thanks
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You need to ask for a referral to a dermotologist who will tell you the best treatment. I had 2 dermabrasions when younger (scraping of the top layers of skin) on the NHS which helped enormously but I don't think they do it any more and certainly not on the NHS. Are you in the UK? You can get laser treatment on the NHS but only if they consider you to have clinical reasons ie depression because of it and it is very limited.
I was told by a dermatologist that a one-off laser treatment would improve my appearance by between 30 and 40% but I would have to pay. There are lots of laser treatments available but depending on how deep the damage is you might need a different form - a derm would tell you and be able to recommend which would suit you. So my advice is don't waste your money until you know more.
I think the sessions one is for lesser damage. The one off session is quite severe and they go a lot deeper but it might be what you need. This would explain the mixed reviews. Make sure the person doing it is fully qualified and ideally a surgeon.
I hope this helps. x
Once the scarring is gone it is gone and won't come back unless you have fresh attacks of acne which cause more scars. Do not pick, mess with or burst any spots you have as they will cause new scars. That includes blackheads as well. Acne normally settles down in your 20's and becomes less active so it is probably best not to fork out for treatment until it has.
As acne is caused by blocked sebacous glands keep them as clear as possible to avoid outbreaks. Roucatine is a strong drug but supposed to be very effective - it can cause depression so watch out for that. It wasn't available when I was young unfortunately but was a considerable help to my nephew and his skin is clear now. Good luck with it all and let me know how you get on. xx
Another thing which helps is sunlight which dries the skin up.
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