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Do Acne Scars 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Acne scar progress: The appearance of acne scars may improve with time as the skin matures and the acne settles. Some of the appearance of acne scarring is related to the color of the scar. This definitely improves with time. The texture often will settle down, but may require treatment to look better. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: You can choose to keep them -- several hollywood male leads have done this for the 'tough guy' look -- or have them treated by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon with any of a variety of interesing and 21st-century treatments. ...Read more
Manage it: Once the lesions have appeared, they need to heal on their own. If you are not yet using a strong topical agent as tolerated, such as benzoyl peroxide, start this now. If you are not clear in two weeks, get with your personal physician. Acne is a serous, chornic, non-lifestyle-related disease that you need to manage especially nowadays. ...Read more
Scientific Rx: If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you of new lesions in two weeks, get with your personal physician who can add prescription-strength Rx. Your acne scars need to be managed by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. "Pop" / "natural" ideas are adjuncts at best, cruel frauds at worst. I'm really sorry that your acne was neglected and you ended up with scarring. ...Read more
Burn Scars: Burn scars may be quite prominent initially. Any daylight exposure (including sunburns) will usually cause the scars to become significantly darker than the surrounding skin for a significantly longer period of time. Strict use of sunscreen and avoidance of daylight can allow the pigment to subside with time. Lightening creams and intense pulsed light treatments can improve the pigmentation also. ...Read more
Post inflammatory: Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation is a common and normal response during the healing process. When traumatized skin heals, redness, followed by dark discoloration often occurs. With time, the site will usually resume normal coloration to match the surrounding skin. Normalization may happen faster with good skin care with hypoallergenic washes and moisturizers. ...Read more
Multiple options: Acne scars come in several "flavors." there are ice pick scars, boxcar scars, rolling scars and atrophic scars. Acne scars are difficult to treat. There is no "magic bullet." scar excision/revision, injectable fillers/fat, subcision, laser, chem peel, dermabrasion, etc. Many treatments can "improve" the flatness of the scar, and/or texture of the skin, but it will not make your skin flawless. ...Read more
Improve, not remove: Scars are permanent. That being said, they will improve with time, usually taking 6-12 months to mature fully. They can also be revised and improved if necessary. See a surgeon certified by the american board of plastic surgery to discuss the options in your case. Good luck. ...Read more
Options: You cannot erase scars. Poor scars can be improved through the following methods: 1) scar massage 2) silicone sheeting (a kind of silicone tape you where over the scar) 3) steroid injections 4) laser treatment (helps remove coloring) 5) scar revision (removing the scar and starting over). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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