A 40-year-old member asked:
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can you tell me, are skin lightening creams safe for acne scars?

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Dr. Ross Blagg
15 years experience Plastic Surgery
Safe, yes. : Skin lightening creams such as those with hydroquinone are generally safe to use on the face and can help blend skin that has a splotchy appearance in color. However, the cream is unlikely to help the scarring itself. That typically requires some sort of resurfacing procedure such as with a laser or dermabrasion. Using products with retin a (tretinoin) can help lightly resurface your skin.
Answered on Apr 17, 2018
Dr. Joel Steckelman
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: Yes but not helpful.
Answered on Apr 3, 2014

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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Steckelman
Specializes in Pediatrics
YES: Safe but not effective.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Not for scars: The hyperpigmentation that follows the acut lesions and lasts for a few weeks or months may respond to a hydroquinone skin lightener, though you may d ... Read More
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Dr. Julie Abbott
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In my experience: a product like the kojic acid lightening cream would be more likely to be impacting or causing the facial bumps than the Retin-A/retinoid product. It ... Read More
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Dr. Richard Zimon
58 years experience Internal Medicine
It's: worth a "try" but an exact answer is not possible. (It depends upon the extent and depth of your scars Hope this is helpful Dr Z
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