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How Can I Remove 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
See your doctor: Scars mature and can continue to improve for up to a year. They are sun-sensitive and may become hyperpigmented with sun exposure. The best way to treat a scar depends on the scar. Options include silicone gel, silicone sheeting, use of filler (for spot or crater-like scars), laser therapy, hydroquinone, dermabrasion, or kenalog (triamcinolone) injection, or surgical scar revision. See your plastic surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Difficult - But...: Acne scars are one of the most difficult things to treat in plastic surgery. If the skin characteristics are optimal, the best approach is to use laser resurfacing to "polish" the skin. There is downtime and limited risk to laser resurfacing and it will typically take multiple treatments to get "some" improvement (no magic wand - but probably the best thing out there. Surgery/fillers less optimal. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Specialist work: A dermatologist can make the scars less apparent using a laser, filler, or dermabrasion. Before you do this, consider whether this is what you really want. If you are a woman, most men don't care but you'll probably get a good result. If you are a man, look at the hollywood stars who have kept their acne marks to look tougher (jet li, charlie sheen, stephen segal, many others.). ...Read more
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
Various ways: First, make sure your acne is being treated so as to not produce new scars! red or brown marks can be faded with lasers and/or topical fading creams. Many depressed acne scars can improve with laser treatments (such as ablative or non ablative fractional resurfacing treatments). Deep scars may need to be untethered (subcision) or actually cut out (excised). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pore strip/ comedone: Extractor. Wash face w gentle cleanser 2x/day. Use oil free products on face. No oily hair. No heavy foundations. Don't squeeze pimples. Avoid touching face (i.e., cradling chin in hands). Remove makeup before bed. Shower after strenuous exercise. Consider otc products (w salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide). If > mild acne see dermatologist (discuss meds, comedone extractor, pore strips, etc.). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Some ideas: You'll smell delicious. Probably best is to ask your doctor for a safe sterile method - perhaps a druggist has something, but here's a site you can read. http://www.wikihow.com/Remove-Blackheads Avoid dirt - infection or being too rough. Scarring is not a good idea. Be clean and gentle and patient. Best! ...Read more
A dermatologist: One's primary care doctor can refer to a dermatologist, who can examine the old scars to see what can be done. Some techniques include chemical peels to smooth out tiny defects, dermabrasion to sand the skin to become more even, and injecting fillers into some spots. Different dermatologists may use different methods, so it is fine to get opinions from two dermatologists. ...Read more
Difficult: Depends on the nature and depth of the scarring. If minor, then use of resurfacing lasers and medium to deep chemical peels will help. If scars are "ice-pick" in nature, even deep mechanical dermabrasion is not totally effective. Most treat with deeper mechanical abrasion to provide a "planing" effect versus the surface change of microdermabrasion. See medical care. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Can't be removed: Keloid scars can perhaps be reduced and improved but not totally removed. These may need to be removed surgically and then you likely will need a series of cortisone injections to try and keep it from regrowing. There are other treatments for those which regrow but some cannot be completely controlled. You should see a surgeon experienced in keloid management. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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