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A 37-year-old member asked:

Please help! what is the best thing to clear up acne and acne scars?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Scientific Rx: Acne is best managed by topical benzoyl peroxide 5% 2x/day; if this fails, prescription strength rx from your physician. I am very sorry that your acne was not managed appropriately when it could have been, and that you ended up with scars. Only a physician can treat these with microinjections, microsurgery, laser or dermabrasion. Best wishes for your successful treatment.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Can a bag balm help clear up my acne scars?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Whitfield
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Scars: Nope. You can use scar massage, moisturizer and a creamer or ointment with silicone. You can also have stood injections and surgery if needed.
Dr. Barry Resnik
Dermatology 32 years experience
I agree. Bag balm helps irritated skin, not acne scars.
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A 31-year-old member asked:

Which products help clear up acne scars and marks?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Daniel Careaga
Plastic Surgery 19 years experience
Can only Improve: You cannot "erase" scars. Poor scars can be improved through the following methods: 1) scar massage 2) silicone sheeting (a kind of silicone tape you where over the scar) 3) steroid injections 4) laser treatment (helps remove coloring) 5) scar revision (removing the scar and starting over). Consult with a plastic surgeon to find out which combination of these would best work for you.
A 50-year-old member asked:

Help please? What is the difference between pimple and acne scars?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
They're the same: Most pimples that leave scars are acne. Red spots and brown spots are best left to heal on their own. Depressed scars require management by a plastic surgeon or dermatologist with laser, filler or microsurgery. Several hollywood leading men have kept their for the "tough guy" effect. You have a choice.
A 49-year-old member asked:

What to do if I have horrible acne scars! please help!?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Curtis Wong
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Acne Scars: You need to see a local physician who can help you navigate the options available to you. You can start with a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Good luck!

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