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Cause Of Cicatrix
As of a few months ago, every time it get a cut or scratch, my scars turn very dark brown. My scars used to be normal. What could be the cause?
Natural Process: As injured skin heals, the body creates inflammation to do so which means fresh blood goes to the area and with it, many kinds of healing factors and cells. One type is called melanocytes which carry our skin pigment melanin. A healing occurs, these cells get deposited in the area and give it the brownish coloration you see. Over time, there will be some fading as the injury matures. ...Read more
I can't stop scratching insect bites and these always cause me wounds. They heal quickly but they leave dark scars. What medicines can I apply or take?
Many causes: Affecting the sebaceous glands that may be associated with the sebaceous glands of the chin skin and associated hair follicles. Acne disease has many causes ranging from diet sensitive, to stress related, and hormone responsive. It amy take to determine the best medication and skin care regimen for your particular problem so be patient. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Generally not: Unless you squeeze a blackhead, thus traumatizing the surrounding skin, a blackhead is unlikely to cause a scar. It is simply a plugged-up sebaceous gland where the oil has oxidized, turning dark. Most can be emptied by using hot compresses to loosen the sebum. If you can't do it yourself, see your esthetician or dermatologist but don't squeeze! ...Read more
Blemish: The treatment depends on the problem causing the blemish is it a hypo/hyperpigmented scar, a depression, an ice pick, a cyst, etc. Depending on the diagnosis treatments include: bleaching agents, peels, dermabrasion, laser resurfacing, skin needling, camouflage, tattoo, excision, grafting, fillers, fat grafting, puch grafting, soft tissue rearrangement, etc. ...Read more
Is this: discoloration that was due to razor bumps? If yes - A steroid cream might be applied to decrease inflammation. Exfoliation may be recommended to remove dead skin cells with retinoids.Insure you use fresh, sharp blades vice dull blades. If hair is > several mm long – then trim before shaving. Wash area before shaving – warm water helps to soften hair. Use a lubricant when shaving. Avoid using ...Read more
No: What you described is not a feature of HIV. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Razor cuts or burns?: Discuss with your doctor. If the scarring secondary to razor bumps a steroid cream might be applied to decrease inflammation. Exfoliation may be recommended to remove dead skin cells with retinoids. For secondary infections your physician may recommend oral or topical antibiotics. ...Read more
What could be the cause of numbness in scars. Why would the numbness spread years after the surgery?
Not usually.: Scar tissue does not have nerves in it. It can sometimes trap nearby nerves and feel funny. The problem should not spread over time. ...Read more
Forgive my frankness: Acne is a chronic, serious, incurable disease that eventually remits on its own and until then must be managed using scientific, evidence-based treatment, not "pop" stuff. Your physician knows how to do this. If you are responsible for a health of a teenager and your deny them effective rx so that they become scarred permanently, they will resent the damage you did for the rest of their life. ...Read more
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). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer