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Acne Scar Prevention
A common human skin disease characterized by areas of scaly red skin (seborrhea) with blackheads/whiteheads (comedones) , pinheads (papules), large papules (nodules), pimples & possibly scarring. Occurs mostly on face, upper chest & back. Treated with benzoyl peroxide, salicylic ...Read more
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. ...Read more
What can I do to take of my acne scars, and prevent new ones from coming out? Is smoking bad for acne?
Smoking : One important factor-get your acne under control. Find a good dermatologist to tackle that with you. Stop smoking-very bad for your skin & aging. Most treatment options to improve the appearance of acne scars use special technology to remodel the skin. The device we use to treat acne scars is called ematrix--which uses radiofrequency to improve the appearance of the skin & has minimal downtime. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not much: A facial may help a little, but not dramatically. 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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