After experiencing severe acne in my 20s, I was prescribed a course of acne medication, Roaccutane. The reported side effects, such as depression and extremely dry skin, meant it wasn’t a decision I took lightly, but it did significantly clear up my skin.
While I didn’t experience many symptoms, I didn’t expect to be left with so many red pigmentation marks and pitted scars once the acne was gone – or just how much they would knock my confidence, like the acne itself.
Six months post-acne, I tried various gadgets and skincare ingredients, such as Neutrogena’s Light Therapy Mask and numerous acid exfoliators. While I’m certain these products and tools helped, they didn’t lead to an overnight transformation. Acne scars, especially pitted versions, are difficult to treat.
According to experts there are numerous types. ‘Ice pick scars’ are deep, narrow pitted scars that tend to occur on the forehead or mid to upper cheeks. ‘Rolling scars’ are broader and typically have slanted edges that make skin appear dappled, and ‘boxcar scars’ are wider with defined edges giving skin a hole-like appearance. That’s before we get on to the skin staining, discolouration or post-inflammatory pigmentation – something I also …read more