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A 40-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how to get rid of dark spots on face caused by pimples?

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Dr. Sharon Ann Clark
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Pigment &/or shadow: Pimples result in a breakdown of the skin and cause a scar. Any scar can get hyperpigmented, i.e. darker, for six months and sunscreen of spf 15 or greater helps to protect against the pigment changes. Chemical lightners help.The scar can also have a depression from the plane of the surrounding skin. When light reflects off of the scar, it appears darker & resurfacing methods help to even scar.
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 59 years experience
Most important strategy is control of the acne.
Sep 6, 2015

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How to get rid of face pimples besides squeezing?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 46 years experience
21st century Rx: You deserve to be free of acne if that is your wish. I start with topical Clindamycin plus either benzoyl peroxide if there are few blackheads or a retinoic acid derivative if there are many. The oral contraceptive pill can clear up acne if a woman can and want to use it. Failing, a systemic antibiotic right for the person usually works, and dermatologists have the big guns today.
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Last updated Nov 28, 2017


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