Well I thought I’d post and tell you of my experiences and let you know there IS light at the end of the tunnel :angel
I’d read about needling and subcision a few years ago and my first experience was at home with a sewing needle and surgical spirit! I sterlised everything with the surgical spirit (including my face) and pricked my face hundreds of times with the needle. I didn’t go in deep (a mm or two). Once you wash your face afterwards it just looks a little red. It DID improve my acne a little.
From there I bought a tattoo gun off ebay. That had the same effect and results as above. I’d bought some topical anaesthtic by this time, though, so it wasn’t too painful.
My doctor knew it was getting to me and I kept pushing to be referred to Dr Chu (it was me that had to do all the research). In the years leading up this I’d gotten two referrals to laser ‘specialists’ both of whom told me nothing could be done!
So a year ago I had my first consulation with Dr Chu at Hammersmith. He spoke to me about it teh fist time and then gave me N-Light. That wasn’t too painful. A little like somone flicking a rubber band on your skin and a slight feeling of heat. No real redness or ‘downtime’. To be honest, though, I didn’t see much improvement.
One thing Dr Chu did advise me was to begin taking 500mg of vitamin c daily. Ever wondered why smokers skin looks bad? well it’s because every cigaretts uses vitamin c to mop of the free radicals when it should be being used to build collagen. Make sure you have a surplus of it in your system!!
3 months later I went back to Dr Chu and had subcision. He cuts the connective tissue between your skin and the underlying tissue. Then I had my face squeezed by a nurse for 10 minutes to minimize bleeding! I have to say, though, that the downtime on this is significant (10 days). I looked like I’d been beaten up. I had black eyes from my eyebrows to the end of my chin, as well as swelling. It looked like it ws going to clear things up but unfortunately the scars came back, albeit reduced.
At home I was now using Bio-Oil. Dr Chu hadn’t even heard of it and dismissed it but I’ve found it DOES lesson the redness of some of the scars and evens out skin tone.
Six months ago I hard my first session with a Dermaroller. I’m sure you all know what that is. It’s about the size of a sewing machine bobbin with hundreds of needles that are about 2mm long sticking out of it. Dr Chu said that he’s worked out that you end up with about 2500 pricks in yours face! I have to say that even with the topical anaesthetic the pain is excrutiating! It’s akin to having a lit cigarette dragged over your skin. Certainly a lot more painful than the tattoo gun I’d used previously.
Last time I seen Dr Chu was just a fortnight or so ago. Again, I had the dermaroller. I questioned him on this and he said that the company he buyes them from http://www.oniskai.com/shop/index.php?language=en sell a version that’s available to the public. It’s needles are only 0.15mm in length and the pain is bearable. It costs £77 and the compant are very helpful. I was able to pay them with paypal when my credit card didn’t wrk and my bank wanted £21 to do it! They say it’s not suitable for acne scarring but it’s up to you if you believe that.
There are other dermarollers available from Leaf and Rusher (on ebay and elsewhere) and one from here http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Clearskincare-acne-scar-hair-loss that’s sold with a copper peptide solution
Dr Chu had said to me previously that he was doing tests with Human Growth Hormone and hoped to use this in conjuction with the dermaroller. This time he said that the tests had been disappointing. I asked if there was any cream that did stimulate collagen growth and he told me of one called Terproline. He sold me a tube (that cost £60) and advised I used it day and night. The strength he sold me is only available to dermatologists but there is another strength available to the general public.
And in the 2 weeks since my last visit (and just a week of using the home dermaroller in conjuction with the Terproline) my skin has improved no end. It’s probably 50% better than it was a fortnight ago. I’ve been using the dermaroller every night. I do spray myself with a little xylocaine first as I like to use the dermaroller all ways!
Further to what Dr Chu said about vitamin C I’ve now bought some vitamin I intend to use after I’ve dermarollered my skin (the tiny holes created by the dermaroller are supposed to increase the efficacy of topical creams by up to 4000%, I’ve read).
I’ve also read of the properties of yaluronic acid and have bought a vegan version today from here http://www.wilsons-ha.co.uk/. I’ve nopt spoken to Dr Chu about this but it certainly can’t do any harm for such a paltry sum, can it?
So all in all over the last year my skin has improved about 80%. It’s only in certain lights that you can now see there are a few indentations left. That said, the improvement over the last week with the dermaroller and Terproline has been astonishing.
There IS light at the end of the tunnel! :mrgreen