I hope someone has the energy to read this long post and share their experience and knowledge.
Before IPL and laser I epilated all the hair on my upper body with this epilator machines and I got many ingrowns on certain areas on my chest, on my abs and on my upper and lower arms. The hairs in all the places I got ingrowns were very coarse and the ingrowns were the kind that you rarely can get out of the skin, just a hyperpigmented and initially redish inflammation mark with altered skin texture.
A very strange thing though is that the hair on my shoulders and back was very coarse too but I never got one single ingrow in those areas. Very strange.
Anyways, the thing is. I digged a lot and without mercy in my ingrown-marks with needles which I didn’t even sterilize and the marks became even more dark an scar like. And I literally DIGGED!
Then I stopped epilating because of the mess and after maybe a year or more started IPL and laser which I have been doing for like more than one and a half year.
Now to the issue: The marks/scars/hyperpigmentations on my abs have almost completely resolved and you can’t see a trace from most of them. I noticed this just a week ago. I had completely forgotten about them and I looked at my abs and remembered how the skin looked before, dotted with greyish, redish, brownish and shimmery marks/scars. The healing is excellent!
The marks on my arms have faded remarkebly too but can still be detected if you look close and they are still obviuse on the back side of my upper arms. But I also remember how I once thought that a tan would make the marks on my arms dissappeare and I sat in the sun and fryed my arms (I’m brown so I tan very easily) and directly after that I saw how the marks had become much worse! So dark and shiny! I shouldn’t have listened to my aunt.
But also I got many ingrowns on my arms when regrowth occured after my last LHR/IPL so my arms have got MANY new marks, red and shiny dots and marks with different skin texture. So actually I can’t estimate the rate or degree of restorement(?) and fading as accurately as on my abs which haven’t had any new ingrowns.
I’ve also gotten ingrowns on my back and shoulders now in the last two regrowths after the two last IPL/laser treatments. The last treatment killed my skin: burns, swelling etc etc.
The ingrowns on my back and shoulders tend to become very hard bumps, but the bumps seem to get smaller and smaller with time.
THE QUESTION: If the bad marks from ingrowns and digging for ingrowns on my stomach can heal/dissappear, is it realistic to presume that the marks on my arms and back will heal/fade away too?