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Appearance of surfacing buried scar tissue/damage

Hello Dr. Pickart,


As you requested, I've come to the Skin Biology Science website with my questions/concerns...


I have read almost everything there is to read about buried scar tissue. The diagram shown in Dr. Pickart's books, and online, shows that buried scar tissue surfacing appears to look like a piece of bubble gum pulling away from the bottom of a shoe... which is a good analogy. However, I would like to know if there are any other examples of what the skin may look like and/or the process of surfacing buried damage.


Within the last three years, I've gone through a few series of derma rolling or stamping followed by copper peptides and/or strong acids such as 20% salicylic acid or glycolic acid peels.


In the following days/weeks (usually the two week mark) after derma rolling or stamping, bumps appear within the scar(s) that I derma stamped or rolled, that appear similar to cystic acne or pimples, but they are not filled with anything other than maybe clear fluid. The bumps are pink, and often tingle and/or itch, almost like early signs of a cold sore. What does this mean?


Sometimes, the bumps will crust over and the crusted skin will peel off in a day or so.  The crusted skin does not appear dark like a scab. It just looks like really dry crusted skin that peels off and feels like a callous on the bump before its removed.


A few days later, another layer of crusted skin grows over the bump(s) and peels off again, but the bump(s) is/are still visible, just a little flatter. I find this happens when I do not use copper peptides for a few days and only stick to 10% hydroxy acid and also a 2-5% plain salicylic acid after cleansing at night. 


These bumps are quite a nuisance and I'm wondering if they are surfacing scar tissue or new skin growing in place of the scar tissue. I'm SO confused.


Any feedback would be much appreciated!



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