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Dr. Ed Friedlander
2,095 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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Is there something similar to laser treatment for home use on acne scars?

Is there something similar to laser treatment for home use on acne scars?

No: Nothing's going to help with depressed acne scars of any subtype except the lasers, fillers or microsurgery that some dermatologists and plastic surgeons can use. I'm sorry you ended up with scars in the first place; all acne is manageable nowadays and it's unfortunate that yours was neglected. ...Read more

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Can I use oxy 5 on my acne scar and how to make my large pores less visible using home treatment?

Can I use oxy 5 on my acne scar and how to make my large pores less visible using home treatment?

Yes and no: You can use it on your acne scars but it's not going to do anything. Oxy 5 (benzoyl peroxide 5%) is used for treatment of acne (pimples), not acne scars. It also has no effect on the size of pores. The treatment for acne scars and pores is usually laser resurfacing. ...Read more

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Is derma roller commonly offered as a procedure in dermatologists' offices--or is it an "at home" treatment? For scar tissues and/or acne scars

Is derma roller commonly offered as a procedure in dermatologists' offices--or is it an "at home" treatment? For scar tissues and/or acne scars

Dermal Roller: Dermal roller should be performed by a board plastic surgeon or dermatologist certified. It is not without risk of scarring and damage to skin and soft tissues. It can work well in the right hands for improving acne scarring. ...Read more

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Topical treatment for acne scars?

Topical treatment for acne scars?

Fading creams: The gold standard for lightening dark marks is hydroquinone. You can purchase fading creams that contain 2-3% hydroquinone without a prescription (ambi, atra, porcelana, nadinola, to name a few). You should also be careful to protect your skin with sunscreen, as sun will make dark marks darker. Stronger prescription fading creams and chemical peels exist. Pitted scars require laser resurfacing. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for acne scars?

Type dependent: If shallow, crater-like scars, use of mechanical dermabrasion is probably most effective. Use of lasers, chemical peels or punch/excisions are optional. Most difficult to treat are the "ice-pick" variety, which may end up looking like enlarged pores regardless of the therapy provided. Proper skin care and avoidance of acne infections is the best....Do not squeeze or pick such lesions if active. ...Read more

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Is there a permanent treatment for acne scars?

Is there a permanent treatment for acne scars?

Yes: The most permanent way to treat acne scars is using a laser such as the fractionated co2 laser or fraxel re:store laser. These laser treatments have become very popular due to their efficacy when performed by an experienced board certified dermatologist. In the past chemical peels have also been used with varying success and traditional dermabrasion as well, but this has fallen out of favor. ...Read more

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I have acne scars that need to go. What's the best treatment?

I have acne scars that need to go. What's the best treatment?

Cannot ELIMINATE!: No scar removal techniques (that work) exist. Only dermabrasion, chemical peels, or laser resurfacing techniques can successfully improve acne scarring, and none of these options can completely "eliminate" scars. Depending on the location and severity of the scars, they can often be made much better, however. See an abps-certified plastic surgeon for best options for you! ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for hypertrophic acne scars?

What is the best treatment for hypertrophic acne scars?

Surgical Tx best: The best and quickest resolution may be excision of the hypertrophic scar. Steroid injections will not affect the scarring that has occurred. The best cosmetic result is achieved with a simple excision which removes hypertrophic scar and also the pitting and depressions that are typical of acne scars. Removing a few of the most prominent scars will make your whole face look better. Best regards, . ...Read more

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Whats a good treatment for acne and scars?

Whats a good treatment for acne and scars?

A few options: For over the counter methods try using products that have benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, alcohol, and acetone. For prescription treatments you may be prescribed antibiotics, retinoids or vitamin a derivatives, azelaic acid, oral contraceptives, or spironolactone. Always ask a dermatologist about the possible affects and the risks vs benefits of each treatment. Make sure it's best for you. ...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


Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more