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Dr. Ed Friedlander
2,097 doctors shared insights

Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne 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 face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read 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 over-the-counter creams can really work on reducing the appearance of acne scars?

What over-the-counter creams can really work on reducing the appearance of acne scars?

Acne scars: These can be very difficult problems depending on the depth. I recommend you see a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Over the counter creams really provide very little in most instances. ...Read more

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Is there any scar removal or lighting cream that actually work on acne scar?

Not reliably: First priority is to treat the acne. Once this is under control, the scars can mature, and hopefully fade. If the scars do not resolve see a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon for available treatments. There are many, because none are prefect. Bleaching creams, even the best ones, work about 1/3rd of the time with proper, long term use. ...Read more

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Is retin a (tretinoin) cream is works better for acne scars on face?

Is retin a (tretinoin) cream is works better for acne scars on face?

Not for scars: I'm sorry your acne was neglected and you ended up with scars. Nothing you can apply will touch them. If you want them less visible, a plastic surgeon or dermatologist can do laser, filler, or microsurgery. Several Hollywood male stars have kept their scars for "tough guy" roles, and depending on your self-concept, they may be a plus. ...Read more

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Since I'm on tretinoin cream which speeds up your cell turnover rate, would getting gylcolic peels for acne scars actually work faster?

Since I'm on tretinoin cream which speeds up your cell turnover rate, would getting gylcolic peels for acne scars actually work faster?

Both products: can lead to drier skin, so I recommend you stop using tretinoin a few days prior and after a glycolic peel. But acne scars are best treated with stronger retinoids like Tazarotene and lasers. Hope that helps ...Read more

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I'm curious as to what are the best creams for acne scars?

I'm curious as to what are the best creams for acne scars?

See below: There are no creams that will help with already formed acne scars. There are medications that will help with or control acne. Have a specialist evaluate you condition and advise you. ...Read more

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Will impetigo cream treat acne scars?

Not acne scars: I'm sorry your disease led to scarring. This can be prevented with modern Rx. The scars can be managed by a plastic surgeon or dermatologist with a laser, filler, or microsurgery. ...Read more

Dr. M. Christine Lee
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Acne Scar (Definition)

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 ...Read more


Dr. Barry Press
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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