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What are good treatments for getting rid of severe acne scars?

What are good treatments for getting rid of severe acne scars?

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

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A common human skin disease characterized by areas of scaly red skin (seborrhea) with blackheads/whiteheads (comedones) , pinheads (papules), large papules (nodules), pimples & possibly scarring. Occurs mostly on face, upper chest & back. Treated with benzoyl peroxide, salicylic ...Read more


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Is there a good way to get rid of severe acne on my face?

Is there a good way to get rid of severe acne on my face?

Scientific Rx: If you're a grown-up and you describe it as severe, it may be worth considering Accutane early. A trial of a systemic antibiotic that's right for you, plus topicals like Clindamycin and/or benzoyl peroxide, would be wise first. ...Read more

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What works best to get rid if severe acne?

What works best to get rid if severe acne?

Accutane, usually: There are many effective prescription treatments for acne, but in severe cases Accutane (isotretinoin) is often the best choice. The drug has some issues, especially birth defects if taken while pregnant, but most of the other popularized "dangers" are overblown. Still, it must be prescribed by a doctor with experience in its use. ...Read more

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How to get rid of my severe acne?

How to get rid of my severe acne?

Prescription Rx: If you're calling it severe, or it's cystic or on your trunk, you're going to need a physician's care. Acne's unrelated to hygiene and lifestyle and mostly unrelated to diet. You must manage it aggressively until it self-cures. Your physician may try an antibiotic or other Rx but I suspect you'll be offered isotretinoin. You've heard the scare stories, but most folks are VERY glad for using it. ...Read more

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My 13 yr old daughter has acne (mild to severe) and i was wondering if there is any treatment, with a dermatologist, that can get rid of all her acne?

My 13 yr old daughter has acne (mild to severe) and i was wondering if there is any treatment, with a dermatologist, that can get rid of all her acne?

No: Treating acne is an ongoing thing. There is no magic cure but there are many treatments, starting with good washing of the area with a medicated soap. Benzoyl peroxide treatment can be applied twice - three times daily to start. Consult with your pediatrician or dermatologist, there are many more available treatments. ...Read more

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What to do if I have severe acne on my back and i need help getting rid of it?

What to do if I have severe acne on my back and i need help getting rid of it?

Serious Rx: You can't do it on your own, and home remedies and topical benzoyl peroxide probably won't touch it. Your physician can probably clear you in about two weeks with a systemic antibiotic that's right for you, perhaps tetracycline 500 2x/day. If this fails and you're offered isotretinoin, accept it. ...Read more

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How can I know a fast way to get rid of acne, or something that really works getting rid of it?

How can I know a fast way to get rid of acne, or something that really works getting rid of it?

Scientific Rx: For someone with a serious acne problem who wants fast results, perhaps for the prom, topical benzoyl peroxide, topical clindamycin, and systemic tetracycline perhaps 500 2x/day is one possible combination; it would be adjusted after. All acne is manageable. If you're responsible for a teen's health, it's your duty to get him/her seen. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the safest treatment to get rid of acne?

What is the safest treatment to get rid of acne?

Quite a few options: For treatment of acne, over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide gel/cream is quite helpful. If desired, a doctor can add an antibiotic gel/cream such as Cleocin gel. If more help is needed, prescription retinoids such as Retin-A or Differin gel can be used instead of benzoyl peroxide. Oral antibiotics such as tetracycline can be used also. If acne is quite severe, a dermatologist offers additional help. ...Read more

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more