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How Can I Avoid Scarring From Acne On My Face
Scientific Rx: All acne can be managed and i'm sorry you ended up with scars. With a history of scarring, make an appointment now with your personal physician for prescription-strength treatment and until then begin with topical benzoyl peroxide 5% 2x/day; your doctor's rx will probably be in addition. Scars are managed today with lasers, microsurgery or filler; some hollywood leads keep their to look "tough". ...Read more
Scar treatment: Depending on the problem with the scar there are treatments to improve them but nothing will completely remove them. I treat pigmented scars with bbl to lighten them, thick scars with fractional laser to soften them, or bad or wide scars with surgery to cut out the scar and re-sew it a more cosmetically pleasing way. The laser approach requires a series of treatments to be effective--often 5-6. ...Read more
Scientific Rx: Topical benzoyl peroxide is the best over-the-counter remedy and if this is not sufficient, a visit to your physician is in order; a topical retinoic acid preparation, topical clindamycin, or a low dose of a systemic antibiotic may be required. If the lesions are confined to your face, chances are the topical treatment will be enough. ...Read more
Scientific Rx: Home / folk remedies are adjuncts only. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in two weeks, please get with your physicain. You may receive a topical retinoic acid derivative, a topical systemic antibiotic, and/or a referral. Acne is a serious, chronic, non-lifestyle-related disease that's a serious personal and professional liability. Do what you need to. ...Read more
You can't: Depressions from acne aren't treatable short of interventions by a plastic surgeon or dermatologist with a laser, microsurgery or filler. I'm sorry you ended up with scars from your illness being neglected, and I hope you'll stay on top of it so that new lesions do not develop. Your personal physicain is your best friend here. ...Read more
I am 33 and stills suffer from acne. I have red marks on my face where breakouts used to be. Any suggestions on how to get rid of acne and marks?
Go see Dermatologist: Your family doctor can refer you to a dermatologist if s/he isn't comfortable offering you various anti-acne options. The dermatologist should have various ways to help smooth out your skin & less your acne scars. Be prepared to use 2 forms of contraception & get monthly pregnancy testing if you want to consider Isotretinoin aka accutane, which causes birth defects, thus need for birth control. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Know no Permantent: Treatment. Wash face w gentle cleanser 2x/day ; use oil free products. No oily hair or heavy foundations. Try not to pop pimples. Avoid touching face (cradling chin in hands). Remove makeup before bed. Shower after strenuous exercise. Consider otc products (salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide). Retinoids/ comedone extractor can be helpful for black heads. If > mild acne see dermatology. ...Read more
Acne tips: Acne occurs due to a combination of genetic, hormonal and environmental factors. Minimizing stress by making sure you eat well and sleep enough hours regularly is helpful. Minimizing friction on the skin by washing gently is helpful. Foods to avoid include excessive dairy as well as high glycemic index foods such as chocolate and starchy foods and sodas. Changing pillowcases frequently is helpful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Laser resurfacing: type of laser resurfacing which is known as fractionated, which can help improve acne scarring. best done in the cooler months of the year and may have to be done more than once. Well it will not make your skin perfect it will improve it. There is always the risk of infection and herpes infection around the mouth so people are usually given medication to prevent herpes.2 week down time. ...Read more
Acne: Acne management is multi-factorial. There are many over the counter preparations that may be helpful. In addition, diet modification by decreasing fatty/fried foods, and drinking plenty of water may also be helpful. Wash your face twice daily. Avoid touching your face. Exercise regularly. If these do not improve your situation, seek medical attention with a dermatologist. Hope this helps! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have dark spots and scars on my face from acne and ingrown hairs. Any tips on how to remove them?
You will need laser: to address all of these things. You are on several medications, so adding another would not be a good idea. Good luck! ...Read more
Acne: First of all, cut out all nuts and peanut butter, stop eatling chocolate, and cut way down on dairy products. Wash with a scrub like neutrogena acne wash; apply a benzoyl peroxide cream or lotion morning and evening; and if doesn't show any improvement in a couple if weeks, see a dermatologist. He or she will probably prescribe an oral antibiotic for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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