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How To Fade Scars
Options: You cannot erase scars. Poor scars can be improved through the following methods: 1) scar massage 2) silicone sheeting (a kind of silicone tape you where over the scar) 3) steroid injections 4) laser treatment (helps remove coloring) 5) scar revision (removing the scar and starting over). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can't be done: Red and hyperpigmented lesions need to be allowed to fade on their own over several weeks -- trying to lighten them will just end up being more trouble. Depressed acne scars can't be managed except by a dermatologist of plastic surgeon, but results are pretty good. I'm sorry you ended up with scars and hope you are managing things so you don't get new lesions. ...Read more
You can try: Red marks should be left alone as the new vessels heal the damaged tissue. Brown marks fade on their own after a few months; you can use a topical hydroquinone but it's messy and you can end up looking worse for it. The key is managing your active disease. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician. ...Read more
Can't be done: Depressed scars can only be managed by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon with a laser, microsurgery or filler. Hyperpigmented scars may respond to a hydroquinone bleach but you risk disfiguring yourself. Red marks where lesions are healing can't be made to fade and they need to be red because they're new vessels promoting healing. Best is to treat your acne aggressively & prevent new lesions. ...Read more
Hi There, I have mild-moderate hormonal acne. I have some acne scarring on cheeks, how can you fade scarring fast?
Scars...: Are permanent and cannot be removed. Scars take some time to mature, however, and don't assume their final appearance for 6-12 months. During that time, avoid sunburn or tanning. Preparations like mederma may improve their appearance. See a board certified plastic or facial plastic surgeon if the appearance of the scar is not satisfactory after it has matured; it may be able to be revised. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Options: You cannot erase scars. Poor scars can be improved through the following methods: 1) scar massage 2) silicone sheeting (a kind of silicone tape you where over the scar) 3) steroid injections 4) laser treatment (helps remove coloring) 5) scar revision (removing the scar and starting over). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Increased Pigment: One of the most under-recognized causes of dark spots is post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. This is a dark spot that occurs after some type of trauma to the skin - especially infections like acne. Medical professionals can use lasers, chemical peels, depigmenting products, cryotherapy and dermabrasion to remove hyperpigmented skin. ...Read more
Safe home remedies: The following agents can be used at home for the amelioration of acne scarring: apple cider vinegar, baking soda, cucumbers, ice, lemon juice, and olive oil. Each of these agents may be applied to the affected areas for ~15 minutes, to be followed by rinsing with tap water. Medical intervention would possibly include: dermabrasion, laser therapy, scar revision, and tissue fillers. ...Read more
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