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Is microdermabrasion effective for acne and acne scars?

Is microdermabrasion effective for acne and acne scars?

Yes & No: There are two types of acne scars. Craters and ice-pick. The ice-pick scar has sharp borders whereas the crater has smoother borders. Ice-pick variety of scars have to be excised and can be done quite easily with small punch biopsies. The crater variety can be helped with multiple sessions of microdermabrasion. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A common skin condition that causes red or white raised pimples, especially on the face, chest and back. Caused when the sebaceous glands in the skin ...Read more


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What are some effective treatments for acne scarring?

What are some effective treatments for acne scarring?

High-tech: For the depressed scars, microsurgery, laser and fillers are all helpful. Some male hollywood leads have kept their scars for the "tough guy" look. I'm sorry your acne was neglected. You do have a choice. ...Read more

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What are some treatments for acne scars?

What are some treatments for acne scars?

So many possible: Choices: chem peel laser abrasion fillers fraxel pixel excision face lift dermabrasion. ...Read more

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What are treatment options for acne scars?

What are treatment options for acne scars?

Acne Scar Treatment: There are a number of options for acne scars depending on their size, shape, depth, and skin type. Laser resurfacing, usually fractional, may help improve the texture of the skin but may require multiple treatments. If there is deep scarring, the scars can be excised or cut out. Subcision, releasing the scar underneath the skin, along with fillers or fat can also improve the skin texture. ...Read more

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Is micro-dermabrasion effective for acne and acne scarring?

Is micro-dermabrasion effective for acne and acne scarring?

Usually not: Micro-dermabrasion is best suited for removal of dead cells from the skin surface. Does not go deep enough to effectively reduce the depth of scarring or produce an adequate reaction under the skin to help smooth the base. ...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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Is dermabrasion for acne effective?

Is dermabrasion for acne effective?

No: May actually worsen acne, is only used for scars, and is rapidly being replaced by fractionated lasers, whichh also do not help acne. ...Read more

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Are chemical peel effective for acne scars?

Are chemical peel effective for acne scars?

Chemical peels: In short, yes. But that all depends on the depth of the scars, and the type/strength of chemical. Very deep scars are sometimes best treated by excising them first, then resurfacing. Extensive scarring may require repeat treatments, but sometimes a co2 laser or dermabrasion (not to be confused with microdermabrasion) is more effective. This depends greatly on the surgeon's skill. ...Read more

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What are different treatments for cystic acne?

What are different treatments for cystic acne?

Several Options: If the cystic acne is severe, Accutane is still an excellent option. It works and the risks are small. Oral and topical antibiotics, as well as a good skincare regimen and regular extraction facials help. The other treatment that has recently been shown to work well is photodynamic therapy with levulan and blue light. The blue spectrum light targets the bacteria in acne. ...Read more

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What products work on facial acne scars?

What products work on facial acne scars?

Acne scars: It is a very difficult thing to treat. Please do not expect any miracles. A two prong approach to fix it from outside and inside should be used. You can try the following; dermabrasion or fraxel on the skin. Sculptra or fat injections under the skin. ...Read more

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What are some good treatments for acne scars?

What are some good treatments for acne scars?

Retinoids: Any Retin-A type product will improve texture of the skin; but they will not help with deeper (ice-pick or rolling) scars. There are several methods available: series of chemical peels (glycolic, tca) as well as laser. There is an excellent laser call fraxel dual which works great on scars. Its a long process, however, and several treatments are required. ...Read more

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Are there any laser treatments for acne marks or pitted scars?

Are there any laser treatments for acne marks or pitted scars?

Yes: There are a variety of options if you wish to be rid of acne scars; lasers are one choice. There's also the option of keeping them, as some of hollywood's stars have done. It's your body and your decision. ...Read more

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What are some effective acne treatments?

What are some effective acne treatments?

Rx: You deserve treatment. I start with topical clindamycin, plus benzoyl peroxide if there aren't a lot of blackheads or a retinoic acid derivative if there are. A woman is often cleared by the oral contraceptive pill. If it's harder to manage, i add a systemic antibiotic appropriate for the person. Dermatologists have the big guns. Good luck. ...Read more

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Acne scars cure..Natural or laser treatment?

Acne is complex: The cause of acne is elusive and so is the treatment. I am not aware of any natural cures other than avoiding food which may precipitate an attack. Lasers are not typically used for active disease but more for scarring. "ilght therapy" may be effective and so is pdt with ala. ...Read more

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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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What are some acne treatments available?

What are some acne treatments available?

Rx are best: The only folk / otc remedy that works is benzoyl peroxide. The oral contraceptive pill can often clear a woman who wants and can take it. I've had good results with topical Clindamycin with perhaps a retinoic acid derivative if there are blackheads. A systemic antibiotic as appropriate is the next step, and dermatologists can write for the very strong stuff. ...Read more

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How useful is microdermabrasion on acne scars?

How useful is microdermabrasion on acne scars?

Not very: It may help small scars. I'm sorry you ended up with these rather than being treated effectively in the first place. If you want them made permanently less visible, get with a dermatologist or plastic surgeon; even deep dermabrasion is giving way to lasers, microsurgery, and fillers that will make the scars less visible. Several hollywood leading men have kept theirs for effect; it's your choice. ...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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How effective are home microdermabrasion kits for acne pock marks?

How effective are home microdermabrasion kits for acne pock marks?

Not great: Exfoliation is always good, but its not going to help that much with acne scarring. To really make a difference you need to look at laser resurfacing. ...Read more

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

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


Dr. Marsha Davis
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Facial Pimples (Definition)

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