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Fade Dark Scars
Increased Pigment: One of the most under-recognized causes of dark spots is post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. This is a dark spot that occurs after some type of trauma to the skin - especially infections like acne. Medical professionals can use lasers, chemical peels, depigmenting products, cryotherapy and dermabrasion to remove hyperpigmented skin. ...Read more
How to fade dark hyper pigmented scars on my abdomen? I've used Dermovate and it helped a little.Sunlight always makes them darker. I've had for 3 year
Some dont lighten: There are a lot of products out there that claim to lighten scars. Some say lemon juice, aloe vera, cucumbers, garlic powder etc. Scars take 6-12 months to mature. Inflammation is part of the healing process and can leave some scars lighter and some darker. No matter what you use it is going to take 6 months to see what the scar does on its own. Hydration always helps scars. There are Rx for this. ...Read more
Does hydroquinone make your scar darker than it was first before fading it? Does hydroquinone completely fades scars or it will just lighten the scar?
HQ is skin bleach: Hydroqyinone (hq) is a skin bleaching agent that blocks the formation of melanin. It will not turn you "white" ? It may irritate the skin causing inflammation and hyperpigmentation in susceptible individuals and is therefore commonly combined with a steroid and occasionally with other agents such as retinoids to disperse existing melanin and kojic acid which is another skin lightener. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
OTC creams: There are several over-the-counter creams that are supposed to help minimize the look of scars if you use them over time. One is called mederma. You could try one of those. The scars from hurting oneself--definitely something people often don't realize how much they will regret later. ...Read more
Dr., I have dark spot scar on my cheeks since 1 month.Even,I had used ab-uv gel on it but not faded. Need your suggestion.
Hyperpigmentaion: Some rash tend to leave pigmentation even acne. Treatment could be challenging. Dark colored skin takes longer time to resolve. Some of the measures are using UV protection using sunblock spf30, trying hydroquinone crm, retinoid, cortisone and chemical peeling and laser treatment. It is better to be treated under the guidance of dermatologist. ...Read more
Help, I put toothpaste on a pimple and burned my face. The scar has fallen off but it has left a dark scar. Can scar gel help? Also, how long would it take for the scar to fade as I am very worried. Thank you
Acne: It is very hard not to touch/squeeze/abuse pimples. Toothpaste probably didn't make things worse. A pimple is a pocket of inflammation; after it heals it can be darker or sometimes lighter than the surrounding skin. This can take a long time to fade. You should not worry, although you may be self conscious. It will get better. ...Read more
I used to have eczema all over my butt cheek and now it turned into a dark tone scar, will it ever fade or it's going to be permanent?
Likely fade: Most often, after eczema or inflammation in the skin there is some change in the pigmentation. For some, it is lighter (hypopigmentation); for others darker (hyperpigmentation). This almost always fades in time, though it can last a for several months in some. Generally, good moisturizing and strict sun avoidance are helpful. In some cases, prescription bleaching creams can speed this up. ...Read more
Fade Acne Scars and: It i supposed to fade acne scars and does skin resurfacing.It may also improve pigmented lesions on your face. I may not make your skin lighter, if that's what your question is, but it will fade pigmented lesions consult a dermatologist who offers this type of laser therapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I got the chicken pox 2 months ago. I'm now left with a tonne of scars all over my body. My scars look dark and haven't faded yet.Should i be worried?
They will improve: It usually takes several months for scars to remodel. It is good to also use sunblock regularly to decrease pigmentation from the sun. There are medciations that can be applied to lighten the areas. Raised scars might leave permanant marks if you scratched alot during the illness. ...Read more
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