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What are the best OTC acne scarring creams for arms?

What are the best OTC acne scarring creams for arms?

None: Acne scars are complicated and best addressed with fractional laser treatments or possibly surgical intervention with the help of a plastic surgeon. Topical creams and lotions will have little if any noticeable effect and likely would not be worth your investment unless used in conjunction with a laser treatment series. ...Read more

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Scars (Definition)

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Can dermabrasion work for acne scars?

Can dermabrasion work for acne scars?

Yes but not the best: Dear abrasion can certainly work but there are more precise means. My favorite is a combination of a fractionated(not co2) erbium laser for full thickness treatment combined with a full coverage superficial erbium treatment. ...Read more

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How good is dermabrasion for acne scars?

How good is dermabrasion for acne scars?

Often very good: Mechanical dermabrasion (not microdermabrasion) can provide a "plane" removal of the acne scar edges, smoothing and flattening of the scar depressions. Better on scars that are crater-like (pox scar example) than deep "pit" type scars (called ice pick types). May require more than a single treatment, as there are limits to depth. New skin from oil & sweat glands and hair follicle to resurface. ...Read more

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What approaches work best to lighten acne scars with home remedies?

What approaches work best to lighten acne scars with home remedies?

Hyperpigmentation: Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation may not respond well to hydroquinone (hq). Vitamin k oxides are purported to have some effect but I am not convinced. Kojic acid, licorice extract, bilberry extracts may help. I suggest trying test spots first. Use of "peel and bleach" creams (hq +retina +steroid) may be effective but require strict sunblock. ...Read more

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What are the best natural remedies for skincare tips for sun damaged skin, acne scars, and hyperpigmentation?

What are the best natural remedies for skincare tips for sun damaged skin, acne scars, and hyperpigmentation?

Pangea Organics: Try pangea products. They are plant based (not weird chemicals), organic, vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free and fairtrade. The high antioxidant content found in these products supports collagen retention, helps stimulate micro-circulation, gently purifies, brightens skin tone and helps prevent discoloration and moisture loss. http://www.pangeaorganics.com/buffalo. ...Read more

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Can tretinoin used for acne scars and marks?

Can tretinoin used for acne scars and marks?

Not for scars: I'm glad to see that your acne is finally being treated appropriately and am sorry you ended up with scars because of treatment delay. When your acne self-cures, as it will eventually, if you want the scars less visible then a dermatologist or plastic surgeon can use fillers, microsurgery, or a laser. Thanks for writing. ...Read more

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Do fade creams usually work for acne scars?

Do fade creams usually work for acne scars?

Acne scar: fade creams will fade hyper pigmented scars but do not get rid of ice pick scarring ...Read more

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What are the best treatments for acne scars?

What are the best treatments for acne scars?

Specialist: Get your acne under control. Acne that produced scars should have been managed by prescription-strength meds. If you sill need this, get it now. Nothing you can do will touch your scars. A dermatologist or plastic surgeon can treat you with a laser, filler, or microsurgery. Or you may decide like Jet Li and others that the scars give your face / body character. ...Read more

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How effective is microdermabrasion for acne scars?

How effective is microdermabrasion for acne scars?

Acne scars: One important factor is prevent new scars-get your acne under control. Find a dermatologist to tackle that with you. Most treatment to improve the appearance of acne scars use special technology to remodel the skin. The device I use to treat acne scars is called ematrix--see for info: http://www.Smacboca.Com/e-matrix-sublative-rejuvenation.Html other options include laser, microderm, or subscision. ...Read more

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Best removal method for pitted acne scars?

Best removal method for pitted acne scars?

Acne scar revision: There are many therapies used in acne scar revision, and none is the best. Your scars will be evaluated and classified. A unified approach with multiple therapies will be outlined. Improvement, not perfection, is the goal. ...Read more

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Help please? What is the best skin product for acne scars and stains?

Help please? What is the best skin product for acne scars and stains?

Acne scars: The first treatment is control of the acne. Dark or red scars are inflammatory and often improve with time. Otherwise, treatments include laser, chemical peel, dermabrasion, bleaching creams like azelaic acid, excision, or subcision with filling. Each has risks, benefits and different downtimes/recovery. ...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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Options to ease pain for laser for acne scars without numbing cream or pills?

Options to ease pain for laser for acne scars without numbing cream or pills?

Neural distraction: Dear bobcat22628: you could pretreat with ice or cryogenic spray or try neural distraction or neural confusion like vibration or moving two-point discrimination. ...Read more

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Does laser scar removal for acne scars work well?

Does laser scar removal for acne scars work well?

Yes: Both fractionated carbon dioxide and erbium lasers offer significant improvement for scars. The erbium offers faster healing time of 3-4 days and is appropriate for recent or old scars as well as surgical scars. ...Read more

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