Question: Acne Scars

Dear dr. Allem My confidence was flushed down the toilet once I hit my early teens, for I had a severe case of acne. I went to the dermatologist and he prescribed me with acne medication... I worked well and my skin cleared up but I was to late to stop the damage from worsening. So now 7 years later I still have the "scars" to tell my story. I tried a great variety of different foundations and powders... But I'm just not happy with the results, I don't have the money for facials or skin rejuvenation because I'm at the Technicon and I don't have a full time job yet. I want to know what tipe of makeup should I rather buy (without the need of robbing a bank...??)for the best coverage in my condition. Best regards Marcelle

Answer

Dearest Marcelle. I’m so sorry to hear you are having this issue and I can only imagine how you must feel. You have no idea how often I get asked this very question, and it is so sad to me how many products are misrepresenting what they are able to do when it comes to scarring. You need to understand that scars are a dermal injury. That means it is really deep down in your skin, and a dermal injury can not be miraculously healed by applying a lotion or an oil or a miracle cream. Most over the counter products do not even contain ingredients that can penetrate to this depth in the skin.
Scarring requires a combination of treatments and very active products that do have the ability to affect the dermal region in the skin. These treatments cannot be done by just anyone, nor can the required products be supplied by just anyone. You will need to contact a Doctor or Dermatologist or Medical Practise that specialises in aesthetics and have a propper consult so that your skin can be properly examined and the best course of action prescribed for your particular skin. I would be more than happy to assist you if you are in any way able to come and see me or one of our Doctors at Skin Renewal as these are the types of conditions with which we are able to assist our patients. Please contact your nearest Skin Renewal Branch and we will gladly assist you if and when you are in a position to let us help you sort out the problem for you. In the meantime you will need to cover the affected area and I would highly reccommend that the one thing you do then need to be spending your money on is a good treatment foundation. Not just a regular make-up. I highly reccommend Lycogel treatment foundation: It has healing and anti-inflammatory properties; It is soothing; It also has some anti-ageing properties and it has an SPF of 30, so it really is a very good investment. This product is also available at all our SKin renewal Branches. Google us: www.skinrenewal.co.za

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