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Heal Acne Scars Overnight
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
Not likely: It is possible to get great results, but normally it is about 30-50% improved. One of the most important things is not to promise better results than we can obtain. It is called "realistic expectations". It is difficult to achieve perfection since the skin is already damaged and will not return to 100% normal. ...Read more
I'm getting 50% gylcolic peels to heal my acne scars. How many peels should it take to clear my skin?
Do acne scars from picking skin eventually heal over time if stops picking? How long approx if so? Thanks Dr!
Acne scars: Old acne scars which have been inflamed will eventually return to normal skin tone providing they don't get aggravated by picking or irritating facial products (they will generally turn red, then brown prior to fading to normal color and this can take weeks). Minimize new pimples from developing by using hypoallergenic washes and moisturizers, benzoyl peroxide, and staying well hydrated. ...Read more
I'm getting 50% Gylcolic peels to clear acne scars. Assuming they can all heal, how many peels would I need to replace all skin layers?
No: If you've had acne scarring and still have acne, you need to get with your personal physician. Use topical benzoyl peroxide until then. Nothing will touch acne scars short of a physician's intervention with a laser, microsurgery or filler. I'm sorry your acne was neglected, but several hollywood stars have kept their scars for the "tough guy" look. ...Read more
Can't do it yourself: I'm sorry if someone has misled you. You're not going to heal your own acne scars. I'm sorry you ended up with these in the first place. Your choices are to keep them -- like several Hollywood male leads who like the "tough guy" look -- or get a plastic surgeon or dermatologist to use a filler, microsurgery, or laser. ...Read more
Why do some doctors say acne scars will take months to heal? I have had acne scars and they heal within a month but not many months.
Specialist consult: I'm sorry your acne wasn't treated properly and you ended up with these lesions. Trying to bleach hyperpigmented lesions will probably just make things worse. They fade eventually. Scars can be treated by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon with a laser, microsurgery or a filler. ...Read more
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