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Dr. Richard Tholen Dr. Tholen
Surgery - Plastics
37 years in practice
University of Kansas School of Medicine
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What is more effective at clearing minor acne scars photo facial or the energy green peel?

What is more effective at clearing minor acne scars photo facial or the energy green peel?

Neither!: Both of the listed options will do little to nothing except lighten your wallet, but the peel, depending on depth, will likely have the best of these two choices. If your acne scars are truly minor, then consider a "real" facial peel, dermabrasion (not microderm), or laser resurfacing. Unless you have a treatment that requires actual healing, there is bound to be little to no improvement at all! ...Read more

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Dr. M. Christine Lee
474 doctors shared insights

Acne Scar (Definition)

Acne scars are much deeper than the 2 dimensional blemish on the surface. The collagen fibers may extend through the subcutaneous fat to pull the surface down toward the underlying fascial layers. This creates the three dimensional "pit" common ...Read more


Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Could honey work for clearing acne and acne scarring?

Could honey work for clearing acne and acne scarring?

No: This is a cruel internet hoax. Acne severe enough to cause scarring needs to be seen, and should have been managed, by your personal physician. Make the phone call now. ...Read more

Dr. Curtis Wong Dr. Wong
Surgery - Plastics
29 years in practice
Creighton University School of Medicine
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I've had severe back acne for years it's finally clearing up a littlebut my back is covered in acne scars. What can I do to get rid of them naturally?

I've had severe back acne for years it's finally clearing up a littlebut my back is covered in acne scars. What can I do to get rid of them naturally?

Acne scars: Will persist and become less inflamed with time. There is really nothing effective that I am aware of that you can do yourself for the scarring itself. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Friedman Dr. Friedman
Dermatology
37 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio
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What gives acne scars?

What gives acne scars?

Inflammation: When acne is inflammatory, there are many chemicals that may destroy the structural elements in the dermis including collagen and elastic fibers. The skin becomes red and atrophic. Picking the pimples may enhance this damage. ...Read more

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Dr. Mike Bowman Dr. Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
15 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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How to cure acne scars?

How to cure acne scars?

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! ...Read more

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Dr. Otto Placik Dr. Placik
Surgery - Plastics
30 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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How to cure acne scars?

How to cure acne scars?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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How to fade acne scars?

How to fade acne scars?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Otto Placik Dr. Placik
Surgery - Plastics
30 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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How to reduce acne scar?

How to reduce acne scar?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Mike Bowman Dr. Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
15 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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How to clear up acne scar?

How to clear up acne scar?

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! ...Read more

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Dr. Jennifer Tighe De Soto Dr. Tighe De Soto
Cosmetic Surgery
11 years in practice
Creighton University School of Medicine
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How to repair acne scars ?

How to repair acne scars ?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Otto Placik Dr. Placik
Surgery - Plastics
30 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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What to do about acne scars?

What to do about acne scars?

Acne Blemish: The treatment depends on the problem causing the blemish is it a 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

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Dr. Roger Friedman Dr. Friedman
Surgery - Plastics
39 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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How to make acne scars fade?

Avoid the sun: New scars are more sensitive to the sun. If you go out on a sunny day without protection you may get a tan but, your scars will get a burn which will in turn delay the fading of your scars. I recommend spf of 30 when you are exposed to the sun. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Pichler Dr. Pichler
Facial Plastic Surgery
52 years in practice
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
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How can I remove acne scars?

How can I remove acne scars?

Acne scars: Dermabrasion, punch excision, laser resurfacing are some of the effective ways to remove acne scars. All of these are invasive procedures and require a healing period. ...Read more

Dr. Otto Placik Dr. Placik
Surgery - Plastics
30 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Product to remove acne scars?

Improve not remove: Salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and topicsl antibiotics prescribed by your dermatologist may all help to improve scars i'm addition to surgical interventions and/or resurfacing techniques. ...Read more

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Dr. Denis Winder Dr. Winder
Surgery - Plastics
54 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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How to remove acne scars fast?

How to remove acne scars fast?

Information: Unfortunately you cannot get rid of acne scars completely. Dermabrasion can make them less noticeable. Cover make up may be as good as anything. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Fiala Dr. Fiala
Surgery - Plastics
29 years in practice
University of Western Ontario Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
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How can you remove acne scars?

How can you remove acne scars?

A comprehensive: Evaluation by a good dermatologist would be your best first step. That way you can select from a variety of treatments, including laser, chemical peel, subcision, excision and fillers. ...Read more

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Dr. Theda Kontis Dr. Kontis
Facial Plastic Surgery
30 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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How can you remove acne scars?

How can you remove acne scars?

Fractionated laser: The fractionated carbon dioxide laser helps acne scars. (fraxel, matrix are trade names). ...Read more

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Dr. Taylor Pollei Dr. Pollei
Facial Plastic Surgery
8 years in practice
Drexel University College of Medicine
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How do I treat old acne scars?

Resurfacing: There are also combined treatment options which use dermabrasion as well as ablative laser resurfacing (often Carbon Dioxide) and/or chemical peels. Depth of acne scarring, facial areas, and skin color/type all play into the best treatment option. Plastic or facial plastic surgeons as well as dermatologists specialize in this type of treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. James Newman Dr. Newman
Facial Plastic Surgery
26 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio
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Should acne scars ever go away?

Should acne scars ever go away?

Depends on timing: Acne can occur anywhere there are sebaceous glands (oil glands) in the skin. Web md is a great resource to learn more about acne. Skin hygiene with soap and water followed by benzol peroxide or 2% salicylic acid products are over the counter options. An evaluation by a dermatologist can help develop a long term plan. Resistant acne can also be treated with antibiotics and some laser therapy. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
53 years in practice
University of Vermont College of Medicine
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What can i do about acne scars?

What can i do about acne scars?

See dermatologist: A cosmetic dermatologist may be able to help you. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
2,147 doctors shared insights

Acne (Definition)

A very common skin condition that 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 ...Read more


Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
2,459 doctors shared insights

Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more