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Does retin-a micro help treat a slightly depressed red acne scar ? i've been on it for 10 weeks but no improvement in skin tone except for breakouts.

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Dr. Janet Turkle
Plastic Surgery 37 years experience
No: As you have experienced, retin a (tretinoin) van provide many benefits. Unfortunately scar eradication is not one of those benefits. Laser treatments or excision and grafting (depending upon the issue) might be helpful.
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 52 years experience
Not expected: You are experiencing the expected benefits of Retin-A and doxycycline. Scarring/hyperpigmentation may or may not improve. But if it does, it will take years to occur. Preventing acne with Retin-A means there will be less lesions to heal over time. Keep your treatment regimen going.
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Last updated Apr 24, 2015

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