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are skin lightening creams safe to use on burn scars? i have a scar on my arm from an oven burn. can i use a skin lightening cream on it?

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Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 41 years experience
Yes, you can.: Assuming the scar is well-healed, the pigmentation is post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Skin lightening creams use hydroquinone or other components that can reduce the melanocyte metabolism, making them lighter. Avoiding ultraviolet stimulation is equally important!
Dr. Terrence Higgins
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Yes you can: Topical skin lightening agents (hydroquinone) can be used to lighten hyper pigmented areas of skin... Should seek out a dermatologist or plastic surgeon in your area for assistance.
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 36 years experience
Can't really get RID: Of scars, but you can reduce their noticibility. Use a cream called Mederma to reduce the appearance of scars.

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