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Yes: Picking at your skin can cause acne scarring and should be avoided. Wash with a good soap designed specfically for the face. Use a good face moisturizer. Over the counter products like benzoyl peroxide are a good start to treat acne. If your acne is more severe or if there are nodules present you should consider seeing a dermatologist.See 3 more doctor answers
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!See 2 more doctor answers
First control acne: Acne is a complex disease treated with a variety of approaches ranging from topical anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, as well as hormonal, medical regimens and surgery. Each case is individually treated and it is difficult to recommend a single cure. See a dermatologist first.See 1 more doctor answer
You can try: Red marks should be left alone as the new vessels heal the damaged tissue. Brown marks fade on their own after a few months; you can use a topical hydroquinone but it's messy and you can end up looking worse for it. The key is managing your active disease. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician.
Improve not remove: Many options exist for cosmetic improvement and include anti-inflammatories, peels, exfoliation, lasers, resurfacing, bleaching, excision, grafting, fillers, and much more, scars vary in their severity and so do the treatments. See a plastic surgeon, dermatologist or ENT for options.See 1 more doctor answer
Hard: Micro needling can help with scars (adding PRP helps even more), fractionated lasers are better, but more expensive. A less invasive (but slower results) process would be laser genesis to the scars. If they are depressed you can use needle subcision or fillers to improve the appearance. Improving your acne will prevent further scars, see your doctor for possible treatments, antibiotics or creams.See 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Or turn you on. There's no understanding what someone will like. However, i need to tell you that acne scars, especially on a woman, are a serious liability, and even chris pine and brad pitt go to great lengths to conceal theirs. If you're responsible for a young person's health ; you allow them to develop acne scars through neglect, they will resent it for the rest of their life.
Infection: Low grade infection with inflammation and injury with damage with subsequent healing/necrosis/fibrosis involving surrounding dermal and subcutaneous structures will produce the resulting scars that are characteristic of acne (ice pick, shallow depressions, epithelial bridges, etc).See 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Best treatment is individualized. For women it may be certain oral contraceptive pills or spironolactone. For very severe acne or acne resistant to initial therapy, oral isotretinoin is the most effective. Plan on several months of treatment to achieve desired result. After isotretinoin there may be no maintenance. With all others there will be months to years of continued maintenance.
What type?: Red and brown post-acne marks need to be allowed to fade on their own. Depressed acne marks can be treated only by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon with fillers, laser or microsurgery. The key is to get your acne under control -- if you've had scarring and it's still active, get with any competent physician. Best wishes.
Yes, for improvement: Scar excision, subcision, fillers/fat grafting, tca cross, dermabrasion, laser skin resurfacing, chemical peels are options for acne scars. These options have various ranges of improvement. For best results, it is better to get the skin surface relatively smooth before using the skin resurfacing procedures. If acne scars are depressed, skin resurfacing may improve the texture, but not the flatness.See 1 more doctor answer
Different options: Fraxel and dermabrasions work well for acne scarring, as long as the acne is under control. It usually requires at least 3-4 treatments; make sure to discuss risk or hyper pigmentation with different treatments. Also there are dermatologists who perform. Silicone droplet injection for this. Good luck.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
Lasers: Laser resurfacing techniques can be very effective. Combination techniques using lasers, prp, subcision, fillers, and fat grafting yield even better results. Obviously, an in-person consultation with a board certified facial plastic or plastic surgeon or dermatologist is required to give you a better, more precise answer.See 1 more doctor answer
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