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A 18-year-old male asked:

How to cure acne scars?

5 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Options: Acne scars can't be made to go away, but there are many options used by dermatologists to make them much less visible. A couple of rising hollywood stars have had their scars vanish recently, while others have chosen to keep them because it gives the face character. It's your choice, it's the 21st century, and you have a right to the skin that you want. Good luck.
Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Treat acne first: Active acne must be taken care of first. Once that is done, then scarring can be addressed with a variety of treatment options depending on your skin type, the depth of scar, presence of other skin problems etc. Your facial plastic surgeon or dermatologist may recommend peels, lasers, scar revisions, dermabrasion or other techniques. Good luck!
Dr. Nelson Lee Novick
Dermatology 47 years experience
Scars can be treated: Subcision and medical microneedling work well for depressed scars. There are two components to a depressed scar that must be addressed in order to achieve maximum improvement. The first is to elevate the depressed central portion so that it becomes flush with the surrounding skin. The second is to try to improve the surface texture and coloration to whatever extent possible so that the area blends.
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
First control acne: Acne is a complex disease treated with a variety of approaches ranging from topical anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, as well as hormonal, medical regimens and surgery. Each case is individually treated and it is difficult to recommend a single cure. See a dermatologist first.
Dr. Christopher Marek
Plastic Surgery 24 years experience
Acne Scarring: Residual acne scarring from cystic acne can be improved by laser resurfacing, excision of deep scars, or sometimes fillers injected into the depressed areas. If you see a Plastic Surgeon or possibly Dermatologist they should be able to help. Controlling active outbreaks should be first though. Good Luck.

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How would you recommend i cure my acne scars?

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Dr. Theda Kontis
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Acne scars: Acne scars are tough to treat. There are many treatments that can be done to help including carbon dioxide and fractionated co2 lasers, dermabrasion, subcision of scars, and excision. A good skin care program can augment the results. But you need appropriate expectations since you can, at best, only achieve about a 50% improvement.
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A 21-year-old male asked:

How can I cure acne vulgaris and acne scars. Precautions for acne?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
First control acne: Acne is a complex disease treated with a variety of approaches ranging from topical anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, as well as hormonal, medical regimens and surgery. Each case is individually treated and it is difficult to recommend a single cure. See a dermatologist first.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Does Accutane cure past acne scars?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Barry Cohen
35 years experience
No: It treats acute acne and reduces outbreaks.
A 49-year-old member asked:

What products can I use to cure red acne scars?

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Dr. Christopher Kovanda
Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Skin treatments vary: Acne scars vary from shallow hollows to deep pits and treatments vary. Prevention of further outbreaks will help minimize further scarring and you should talk to your physician for treatment options. A good skin care regimen will help to minimize the appearance, but does not erase the scars. There are non invasive and invasive surgical options available from cool lasers to fractional or coz.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What are doctors' recommendations to cure acne scars?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Sinclair
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Laser resurfacing: For the right patient, ie acne scars, acne under control, light skin, laser resurfacing can work great. It usually takes more than one treatment, and it takes time to see the results, but scar reduction is very significant. There is a wide variety of lasers and skill levels. Good equipment and experience make a big difference, don't shop just for price, you get what you pay for.
Last updated Feb 6, 2019

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