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Does tazorac (tazarotene) help with acne scars?

Does tazorac (tazarotene) help with acne scars?

See below: Tazorac (tazarotene) does not treat acne scarring. It is a topical retinoid similar to, but more potent that retin-a. It can help prevent new acne scars by preventing serious breakouts as part of an acne treatment regimen. Some patients (especially those with darker skin tones) can develop dark spots from acne. These are not actually scars and Retin-A can help improve them over the course of many months.

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Will tazorac cream (tazarotene cream) help with acne scars?

Will tazorac cream (tazarotene cream) help with acne scars?

No: They won't touch the scars. Many men -- including several noted hollywood "tough guys" -- like the scars for the character they give. Others hate them, or are indifferent, or let their partner decide. You have a choice. Laser therapy and fillers are used by dermatologists with much success.

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Will tazorac (tazarotene) cream help me with acne scars?

Will tazorac (tazarotene) cream help me with acne scars?

Probably not: It is an exfoliant but not enough to erase scars. It is more for active acne and its control.

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How long does it take retin-a micro to clear acne scars?

How long does it take retin-a micro to clear acne scars?

See below: Retin-a mirco does not treat acne scarring. It can help prevent new acne scars by preventing serious breakout as part of an acne treatment regimen. Some patients (especially those with darker skin tones) can develop dark spots from acne lesions. These are not actually scars and Retin-A can help improve them over the course of many months.

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If I use proactive dark spot corrector and retin a (tretinoin) 0.25 can it help with my acne scars?

If I use proactive dark spot corrector and retin a (tretinoin) 0.25 can it help with my acne scars?

No: Neither will touch actual depressed scars, not can anything else. At best, you can hide your hyperpigmented lesions and even this is likely not to be very successful. Get your active disease under control, and if you wish, get seen by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon who can deal with the scars using a filler, laser or microsurgery.

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Is retin a (tretinoin) cream is works better for acne scars on face?

Is retin a (tretinoin) cream is works better for acne scars on face?

Not for scars: I'm sorry your acne was neglected and you ended up with scars. Nothing you can apply will touch them. If you want them less visible, a plastic surgeon or dermatologist can do laser, filler, or microsurgery. Several Hollywood male stars have kept their scars for "tough guy" roles, and depending on your self-concept, they may be a plus.

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What skin treatments are good for acne marks and I have one slightly slightly depressed acne scar? Any creams? Peels? I'm on retin-a for a 5 weeks

What skin treatments are good for acne marks and I have one slightly slightly depressed acne scar? Any creams? Peels? I'm on retin-a for a 5 weeks

Numerous choices: There are a variety of treatments that vary according to the severity of scars: chemical peels, dermabrasion, laser resurfacing, fillers, fat grafting, excision, grafting, etc.

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Does retin-a micro help treat a slightly depressed red acne scar? I've been on it for 10 weeks but no improvement in skin tone except for breakouts.

Does retin-a micro help treat a slightly depressed red acne scar? I've been on it for 10 weeks but no improvement in skin tone except for breakouts.

No: As you have experienced, retin a (tretinoin) van provide many benefits. Unfortunately scar eradication is not one of those benefits. Laser treatments or excision and grafting (depending upon the issue) might be helpful.

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Is there something to help with acne scars?

Is there something to help with acne scars?

Yes: acne scars are an annoying reminder of the blemishes you finally got rid of. There are creams a doctor prescribes to put on skin that may help (like vitamin a or retinoid creams). laser therapy, fillers, and dermabrasion are other options that can also be effective, if more expensive. Often, depending on the scar (darker color vs pitting), the scars will fade with time.

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Does clindamycin gel help with acne scars and pores?

Does clindamycin gel help with acne scars and pores?

Clindamycin: It is unlikely that this will change either the scarring or the enlarged pores. See a dermatologist and they can advise you about methods by which this can be improved.

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Can calomine lotion help with acne scars?

Can calomine lotion help with acne scars?

No: Calamine lotion is just a soothing agent that helps with itchiness. It won't do anything for the acne.

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Help can benzamycin gel help with acne scars?

Help can benzamycin gel help with acne scars?

No: This is to prevent or shorten the duration of a acne lesion. They will not have an effect on the already formed scars. However by clearing an acne lesion quickly you will sharply reduce the risk of a new scar forming from that acne lesion

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Does solodyn (minocycline) help with acne scars?

Does solodyn (minocycline) help with acne scars?

Maybe: Often a skins reaction can lead to local swelling which may make the skin look better. But a lasting impact is hard to get with topical creams.

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Could I get help with acne scars/hyperpigmentation!?

Could I get help with acne scars/hyperpigmentation!?

Combo treatments: Acne scarring and hyperpigmentation often occur together. Once the inflammatory acne is under control, topical 2% salicylic acid can conditions skin and reduce pigmentation. Microabrasion with claisonic brush, medical grade microdermabrasion, micro needling, or stronger chemical peels are options to discuss with a specialist. E-matrix and fraxel lasers can also help.

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Does drinking plenty of plain fluids help with acne/scars?

Does drinking plenty of plain fluids help with acne/scars?

No: I'm sorry somebody gave you this misinformation, and even sorrier that you acne has not been managed so you ended up with scars. You're a grown man now, and you can get some topical benzoyl peroxide to use as tolerable; if you're not clear in two weeks, phone your personal physician and ask for Rx that will clear you. Ignore all the "pop" claims. Best wishes.

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What would help with acne scars? I suffered from a terrible acne phase and now I'm left with a ton of acne scars

What would help with acne scars? I suffered from a terrible acne phase and now I'm left with a ton of acne scars

Thickness: Depends on the thickness of acne scars and pigmentation if any. Some types of lasers can help to reduce the thickness and I have found Elure cream to be helpful with the level of pigmentation.

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Can vitamin d oil from the capsule, help with acne scars and acne if I were to put it on my face?

Can vitamin d oil from the capsule, help with acne scars and acne if I were to put it on my face?

Not advised: Vit d in a capsule is not prepared for use on the skin. Vit d by mouth may help acne especially if you're lacking in vit d. There are vit d preparations for skin application but I'm not aware of their usefulness in acne. A dermatologist could be consulted.

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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!

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