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Fading Acne Red Marks
Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne 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 face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more
Can take awhile: You can get both over-the-counter and prescription-strength creams that will stimulate new skin cell growth to reduce the appearance of scars. These creams often contain Alpha hydroxy acids or salicylic acids, and some contain corticosteroids or antihistamines to help reduce inflammation and itching. Vinegar is a good natural remedy. If these don't work, visit your dermatologist. ...Read more
None: Nothing is quick. In most cases, good skin comes from consistently taking good care of your skin and body (good nutrition). To reduce the reddness don't pick, rub or scratch the pimples; also if the pimple is open avoid putting anything on it that could irritate it further. In a few days, it won't be nearly as red. ...Read more
I applied toothpaste overnight on my acne but it left me with redness marks on my face. How shall i eliminate the redness marks?
Give it time: Give the marks time to heal. For general care of your face, consult this site for home remedies for acne. http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/acne-vulgaris-home-treatment For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more
Would Mederma be effective for fading the redness of an acne scar ? Just the discoloration of the scar, would it be helpful ?
Mederma: No good scientific studies show benefit from mederma. I don't recommend it to my patients. Redness from inflammation or scar healing will go away on its own as long as the source of inflammation is gone. I recommend sun block for acute redness to prevent permanent discoloration. Bleaching creams or lasers can be used for chronic discoloration. Best to ask your dermatologist or plastic surgeon. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I popped an acne 9 months ago and had a depressed scar i'm on benzamycin now the depression is fading away but the redness persist, will it disappear?
It will lighten: The redness should fade, but it may take several years. Avoid getting sun burned as that will make it redder. ...Read more
A few options: For over the counter methods try using products that have benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, alcohol, and acetone. For prescription treatments you may be prescribed antibiotics, retinoids or vitamin a derivatives, azelaic acid, oral contraceptives, or spironolactone. Always ask a dermatologist about the possible affects and the risks vs benefits of each treatment. Make sure it's best for you. ...Read more
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