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Can tretinoin used for acne scars and marks?

Can tretinoin used for acne scars and marks?

Not for scars: I'm glad to see that your acne is finally being treated appropriately and am sorry you ended up with scars because of treatment delay. When your acne self-cures, as it will eventually, if you want the scars less visible then a dermatologist or plastic surgeon can use fillers, microsurgery, or a laser. Thanks for writing. ...Read more

Dr. M. Christine Lee
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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


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Will tretinoin heal acne scars?

Will tretinoin heal acne scars?

It will not: Effective treatment of your acne will prevent additional scarring. If you wish, a dermatologist can make scars less visible using a laser, microsurgery, injections and/or dermabrasion. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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After using tretinoin my acne got better but it leave a scar can I use hydroquinone for my acne scar? Or anything good for acne scar?

After using tretinoin my acne got better but it leave a scar can I use hydroquinone for my acne scar? Or anything good for acne scar?

Depends on the scar: If the scar is a flat dark patch, time will likely heal it. Staying out of the sun is very important. The sun will make scarring worse. Some topical medications, like the ones you mentioned, can speed up the lightening. ...Read more

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Since I'm on tretinoin cream which speeds up your cell turnover rate, would getting gylcolic peels for acne scars actually work faster?

Since I'm on tretinoin cream which speeds up your cell turnover rate, would getting gylcolic peels for acne scars actually work faster?

Both products: Can lead to drier skin, so I recommend you stop using tretinoin a few days prior and after a glycolic peel. But acne scars are best treated with stronger retinoids like Tazarotene and lasers. Hope that helps ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I'm on week 3 of tretinon and my face is all gross. I had mild acne but now my face looks like connect the dots with acne scars. What should I do?

I'm on week 3 of tretinon and my face is all gross. I had mild acne but now my face looks like connect the dots with acne scars. What should I do?

Keep Going: It is not unusual for acne to get worse on this medicine before it gets better. I always warn my patients about this before they start. Be patient it means it is working. It will get better. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What can I use to remove acne scars on my forehead? Dermatologist put me on Zineryt & Retin A cream for 2 yrs but scars still there. I’m currently using Eucerin Cleanser, toner and moisturizer as recommended by my Dermatologist.

What can I use to remove acne scars on my forehead? Dermatologist put me on Zineryt & Retin A cream for 2 yrs but scars still there. I’m currently using Eucerin Cleanser, toner and moisturizer as recommended by my Dermatologist.

Acne scars: Depends on what they look like, how deep they are and how big an area you are talking about. Subtle treatments include microdermabrasion and chemical peels. More aggressive treatments can be done with Erbium or fractionated CO2 lasers. Sometimes, ice pick, deep scars can benefit from cutaneous fillers like Radiesse or Juvederm. See an ENT facial plastic surgeon or general plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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I'm getting extra strength enzyme peels for acne scars. 1 doctor told me these won't work so I'm confused. If they do work, how many should I need?

I'm getting extra strength enzyme peels for acne scars. 1 doctor told me these won't work so I'm confused. If they do work, how many should I need?

They will not work: I do not believe that these will remove prior acne scars. At 16 years of age if you have acne scars you should be seeing a dermatologist who may be able to offer sme treatment to make them less visable. ...Read more

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I don't have very many pimples, but I have a ton of acne scars! What are your best tips/suggestions on how to get rid of them?

I don't have very many pimples, but I have a ton of acne scars! What are your best tips/suggestions on how to get rid of them?

Seek Dermatologist: There are several types of acne scars which extend from deep pits, the depressed atrophic scars and thick more raised boxcar type scars. There are several modalities to treat them from chemical peels to fractional co2 laser resurfacing and pulse dye lasers. Treatment depends on the type of scar. See a dermatologic surgeron who specializes in this area. ...Read more

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How to get rid blackheads and some acnes? I've redish acne scar, can't make it fade, help? And anyone who know about nigella sativa (habbatus sauda)?

How to get rid blackheads and some acnes? I've redish acne scar, can't make it fade, help? And anyone who know about nigella sativa (habbatus sauda)?

Facial first: Get a facial first but medications such as retinoids or salicylic acid may be beneficial to diminish recurrences. For this, seek the advice of a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I did eribium laser for my acne scars I got more scars. I don't want to go for laser treatments. I want to do dermabraison for my acne scars. Helpful?

I did eribium laser for my acne scars I got more scars. I don't want to go for laser treatments. I want to do dermabraison for my acne scars. Helpful?

Dermabrasion works: Dermabrasion is an old tried and true method of treatment for acne scarring. It is not used as much anymore, because lasers are sexier. If your scarring is not around your eyes dermabrasion can be very effective. ...Read more

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I've had under skin blemishes for a few months and they aren't going away. How do I remove them from under the skin? I'm using acne scar cream now.

I've had under skin blemishes for a few months and they aren't going away. How do I remove them from under the skin? I'm using acne scar cream now.

Many options: Hello and thank you for your excellent question. Skin blemishes can be caused by many different things, including dry skin, irritated skin, and acne (just to name a few). It is very difficult to give you a good recommendation without a full history and physical. I suggest that you consult with a board certified plastic surgeon. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is there a big difference between uneven skin tone hyperpigmention? I have acne scar for a year that don't go away can it be because of one of those?

Is there a big difference between uneven skin tone hyperpigmention? I have acne scar for a year that don't go away can it be because of one of those?

Protect and correct: Often individuals who have uneven skin tone, may be prone to other pigmentation irregularities. Most of us can develop hyper pigmentation post-trauma. I always advise careful protection of a newly healing area, to avoid hyper pigmentation. Acne scars can indeed hyper pigment if not protected from the sun. Some may also need tretinoin and Hydroquinone. ...Read more

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I have acne scars and I don't get a lot of acne on my face any more. I wanted to know if demapen is a safe treatment? And how long does it take to heal

Acne scars: Dermapen is a microneedling technology with a depth of penetration down to 2.5 mm designed for deep skin collagen stimulation. It is a safe for acne scar treatment. Make certain you have treatment done at a cosmetic physician's office and not just a salon as the deep needling if not performed properly can cause irregular scarring. ...Read more

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I have been having acne on my cheeks. Big bumps and I have a lot of acne scars on my cheeks that are real dark. Because of the scars and acne it has caused me to be insecure in my relationship and my boyfriend doesn't like it. Can someone help me with my

I have been having acne on my cheeks. Big bumps and I have a lot of acne scars on my cheeks that are real dark. Because of the scars and acne it has caused me to be insecure in my relationship and my boyfriend doesn't like it. Can someone help me with my

Yes: You will want to see a specialist in person to help you with prescriptions and/or procedures to solve your problems. It can definitely be helped with the right combination of treatments. It is something we are able to help patients with daily so don't lose hope! ...Read more

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I don't have money to see a dermatologist or insurance for my acne scars or acne troubled skin. What could I do?

I don't have money to see a dermatologist or insurance for my acne scars or acne troubled skin. What could I do?

See derm residency: You may want to look for a dermatolgy residency program, often asssociated with a university hospital. Here, the docs are in training and often accept patients without insurrance. The residents are not fully licensed dermatologists, but they are under supervision of one or more dermatologits in the program. Also, many docs will work with you on a payment plan etc...Good luck to you. ...Read more

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Do you recommend scaraway scar diminishing serum for acne scars on face? I have one slightly depressed scar. I know scars can't be fully healed

Do you recommend scaraway scar diminishing serum for acne scars on face? I have one slightly depressed scar. I know scars can't be fully healed

Not likely to help: Scar away is not likely to help with an indented scar. This type of treatment is usually only helpful to help scars fade in redness or sometimes for hyperpigmentation. ...Read more

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Therapist said active deepfx laser is non ablative and better than ablative co2 fraxel for deep acne scars. Is this true? Wouldn't ablative be better?

Therapist said active deepfx laser is non ablative and better than ablative co2 fraxel for deep acne scars. Is this true? Wouldn't ablative be better?

Ablative: Acne scars vary in type and severity. Deeper scars respond better to more ablative treatment including surgical dermabrasion. Some scars require excision. ...Read more

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Can radiesse (dermal fillers) improve deep acne scars? I have deep acne scars on my cheeks. I don't really need filler in my cheeks, but I wouldn't mind them being a little plumper. What i'd really like is if it would make my scars less noticeable..

Can radiesse (dermal fillers) improve deep acne scars? I have deep acne scars on my cheeks. I don't really need filler in my cheeks, but I wouldn't mind them being a little plumper. What i'd really like is if it would make my scars less noticeable..

Radiesse (dermal fillers): Radiesse (dermal fillers) may not be the best filler for your acne scars. Since the material is calcium based, it maybe too hard for your cheeks. I will suggest to use prevelle or juvederm ultra xc, they are hyaluroic acid base injectable, they are much softer than radiesse; they should give you a better result. In addition, not all acne scars are the same and you should differentiate between dermal (skin) and sub dermal (under the skin) components. The treatment options are quite different between the two types of acne scar. If you are not sure please spend the time to consult with a plastic surgeon so you get the appropriate treatment. Good luck! ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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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
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Pimples (Definition)

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