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Dr. M. Christine Lee
482 doctors shared insights

Acne Scar (Overview)

Acne scars are much deeper than the 2 dimensional blemish on the surface. The collagen fibers may extend through the subcutaneous fat to pull the surface down toward the underlying fascial layers. This creates the three dimensional "pit" common with aggressive inflammatory lesions.


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Sodium sulfacetamide--how does it help acne scars?

Sodium sulfacetamide--how does it help acne scars?

It doesn't.: Sodium sulfacetamide (sulfacet and other brands) does not have any effect on acne scars. ...Read more

Dr. M. Christine Lee
482 doctors shared insights

Acne Scar (Overview)

Acne scars are much deeper than the 2 dimensional blemish on the surface. The collagen fibers may extend through the subcutaneous fat to pull the surface down toward the underlying fascial layers. This creates the three dimensional "pit" common with aggressive inflammatory lesions.


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Does even better by clinique really reduce the appearance of acne scars?

Does even better by clinique really reduce the appearance of acne scars?

Acne scars: If the scars disappear temporarily by stretching the skin of the affected area they can disappear with injections of dermafillers (restylane, juvederm etc.)and possibly with creams that contain the same (hyaluronic acid). In cases of acne, peeling is a consideration ( chemical facial peel) to treat acne scars. ...Read more

Dr. Marsha Davis Dr. Davis
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Acne scar (Tip)

Co2 fractional ablation works great on acne scarring. ...See more

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Treating Scarring (Checklist)

Stop smoking if you smoke, as smoking prevents healthy skin from healing
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See a dermatologist for treatment options
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Find out if you're a candidate for cosmetic scar treatments
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Fractional laser test on small acne scar, to see my reaction to it, 2 days after a big brown spot has appeared. I am so nervous, what's wrong?

Fractional laser test on small acne scar, to see my reaction to it, 2 days after a big brown spot has appeared. I am so nervous, what's wrong?

PIH: Darkness of the skin after injury (including laser treatments) is called post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, or pih. This is more common in skin types with more pigment. If it does not fade on its own (and relax, it may be fine) you will need to treat it with a skin bleach. It's good that you had a test spot, and fractional laser is the best treatment for acne scars in my opinion. ...Read more

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Acne scar (Tip)

Please don't touch the scar multiple time, it might grow bigger. ...See more

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Managing Acne (Checklist)

Use a gentle cleanser designed for acne-prone skin
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Use over-the-counter or prescription acne drugs as your doctor advises
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See your doctor to adjust medications and other treatments
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What causes acne scars to heal so slowly?

What causes acne scars to heal so slowly?

Inflammation: The inflammatory response associated with them results in prolonged healing times. Can see dermatologist / asthetician / cosmetic surgeon for help in expediting process. ...Read more

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Is there any way to get rid of acne scars, 100%? I mean are plastic surgeries done for acne scars removal?

Is there any way to get rid of acne scars, 100%? I mean are plastic surgeries done for acne scars removal?

Can improve scars: Plastic surgery can significantly IMPROVE acne scars with a wide variety of modalities, ranging from skin emolients to injectables, to dermabrasions or Laser resurfacing....Dr. Csaba L.Magassy ...Read more

Dr. Marsha Davis Dr. Davis
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Acne scar (Tip)

Do seek professional help and know that help is available . You don't have to live with scars. ...See more

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How to treat acne & scars it left?

How to treat acne & scars it left?

Acne treatment: Acne treatment depends on the severity. Mild acne can be treated with good skin care products such as Retin-A and topical benzoyl peroxide. Moderate acne can add topical antibiotic as well as peels and lasers. Severe acne may need short term antibiotics, retin-a, topical antibiotics, ala and laser followed by resurfacing for scars and or accutane. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat acne and acne scars?

What is the best way to treat acne and acne scars?

Few ways: For oilyskin avoid comedogenic cosmet.Face/hair products.2.Topical benzoyl peroxide with topical antibiotic cream or 3. Topical tretinoic acid creams with top.Ben.Peroixe or 4. Oral antibiotic with top.Tretin5.Combinations of above

oral tretin. In sev.Nodular type for maximum of 20 wks , by dr.
In young females not plan.Pregn antiandrogen trt +,
for pigment-top. Treti/ ohchlroroquinone/light trt. ...Read more

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Acne scar (Tip)

Ask about keloid and hypertrophied scar they may need treated in chronic scarring. ...See more

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How are red, smooth acne scars (marks?) formed and how can they be treated, seeing as they are not forms of hyperpigmentation. ?

How are red, smooth acne scars (marks?) formed and how can they be treated, seeing as they are not forms of hyperpigmentation. ?

Acne Scars: Acne scars may be pitted, pigmented, or red (vascular). Scars from injury or surgery may be red as well. In my practice, i treat redness in scars with broad band light, a form of ipl that closes down the capillaries in the red area, decreasing the red color. ...Read more

Dr. Marsha Davis Dr. Davis
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Acne scar (Tip)

What is the best approach to deal with my scars? ...See more

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What is the greatest treatment for acne scars?

What is the greatest treatment for acne scars?

Many options: Seek evaluation by a reputable facial plastic surgeon or dermatologist. Depending on the depth of the scars, discoloration, presence of active acne, etc there might be different treatment plans recommended. Assuming no active acne, treatment options include peels, laser treatments, dermabrasion, etc. ...Read more

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Are there any and treatments acne scars?

Are there any and treatments acne scars?

Acne scars: Acne scars, like all scars, canbe improved but not made to disappear. Dermabrasion, chemical peel, laser peel, excision, subcision are all useful and the choice depends on what the examination shows. ...Read more

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Acne scar (Tip)

Don't pick at scabs—this will lead to more prominent scars forming. ...See more

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How to cure acne scars?

How to cure acne scars?

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! ...Read more

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How can I get rid of acne scar discoloration? Is there any OTC products i can use? Would erythomycin work?

How can I get rid of acne scar discoloration? Is there any OTC products i can use? Would erythomycin work?

Seek advise: Seek advise from a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon.
Skin lightening agents can be helpful (hydroquinone/acid peels) and some lasers are very helpful at improving the quality of damaged skin. Erythromyicin will not lighten discoloration. ...Read more

Dr. Susan Rhoads Dr. Rhoads
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Acne scar (Tip)

A scar may widen over time due to stress on it from its location. If too big, can have scar revised. ...See more

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Any good drug store (walgreens preferably), acne scar creams or gels that you recommend? Nothing too expensive. I'm on Accutane as well

Any good drug store (walgreens preferably), acne scar creams or gels that you recommend? Nothing too expensive. I'm on Accutane as well

Wait: You should generally finish your Accutane treatment before you try to treat the acne scars. Acne scars are very hard to get rid of. There are over the counter products that can help slightly with dark spots, but I would not expect a major improvement. Indented scars will not respond to anything sold over the counter. ...Read more

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What drugstore product or home remedy helps clear up your complexion and gets rid of acne scars?

No simple solution: While there are many different products that make these claims, there is no one cure for all conditions. Popular mon prescripion ingredients include salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and retinol preparations. However these can be very drying ad make some conditions worse if not used in combination with appropriate exfoliation and moisturizers. ...Read more

Dr. Susan Rhoads Dr. Rhoads
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Acne scar (Tip)

A new scar remodels over 6 to 9 months. Wear sunscreen or it can get sunburned and be red forever. ...See more

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How can I prevent acne scars from forming right after i've popped them?

How can I prevent acne scars from forming right after i've popped them?

Acne scars: Manual manipulation can lead to their getting infected an scarring. Many things can help with minimizing acne formation and then its propgation to scar formation. ...Read more

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What are some good ways to get rid of pimples and acne scars? How can I avoid the scarring?

What are some good ways to get rid of pimples and acne scars? How can I avoid the scarring?

No squeezing: Diet, cleanliness, exercise, vitamin. Avoid constipation, pet excreta contamination, . Separate facial towel , one each day helps. ...Read more

Dr. Susan Rhoads Dr. Rhoads
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Acne scar (Tip)

Wearing sunscreen to stop tanning keeps the surrounding skin paler, making the scar less noticeable. ...See more

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What gives acne scars?

What gives acne scars?

Inflammation: When acne is inflammatory, there are many chemicals that may destroy the structural elements in the dermis including collagen and elastic fibers. The skin becomes red and atrophic.

Picking the pimples may enhance this damage. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Press
1,970 doctors shared insights

Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more


Dr. Ed Friedlander
2,173 doctors shared insights

Acne (Definition)

A very common skin condition that starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the ...Read more


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