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How To Get Rid Of Scars From Popping Pimples
Scars or Stains: All too often, patients refer to staining, or discoloration of the skin as scars. They are not. A scar is a dermal process (deeper in the skin) that resulting in depressions (depressed or boxcar scars) or deeper pits (pitted scars). Scars are not helped much, if at all, by any topical remedy. Stains, on the other hand, are. ...Read more
Don't Squeeze: See your MD or dermatolgist and get treated for the skon condition. ...Read more
Sunscreens, acne med: Prevent further break outs by continuing your acne medication and gentle cleansing your skin, but avoid picking pimples which causes deeper infection. Also, after a pimple, many individuals get increased pigmentation at the site. Sunblock can help that. Unfortunately, it takes time. ...Read more
Benzoyl peroxide: This is your first line of treatment for acne. If 5% benzoyl peroxide topical 2x/day has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician. Acne is a non-lifestyle-related disease that needs to be managed until it self-cures, especially because it's a serious personal and professional liability. Best wishes. ...Read more
Rein A: Retin-a or one of it's derivatives (differin, tazorac, (tazarotene) etc) is the best preventative prescription for this. In addition, you may see a dermatologist who can open up and drain the white heads and inject a local cortisone to the bumps. Your skin will thank you for the trip to the derm office! ...Read more
Depends: It depends on what the facial imperfections are. Dark marks can often be treated with lightening agents and chemical peels. If it is redness, laser treatments or red light treatments may be helpful. Pitted scarring often requires a laser treatment or subcision. Raised scarring may be treated with steroid injections. You should see a dermatologist to discuss the most appropriate treatment. ...Read more
Hydroquinone: One of the most effective treatments for "skin stains", or darkening of the skin after acne, is hydroquinone. It is available without a prescription in 2% strength and should be applied twice daily to the dark spots only, not the surrounding normal skin. Some formulations contain glycolic acid, which help as well. It often takes 6 or more weeks to see any improvement. ...Read more
Manage it: I'm sorry you had scars. This didn't have to happen, and if you want to be rid of them, you'll need specialized health care -- laser, filler, or microsurgery. If you've had scarring, your acne is still probably bad enough to require a physician's care. Home remedies probably won't be sufficient. Benzoyl peroxide or retinoic acid until you can get seen. This is the truth. Best wishes. ...Read more
Specialist Rx: Red and brown post-acne marks are best left to heal themselves without interfering. Depressed scars require laser, filler or microsurgical treatment by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. I'm sorry your acne was neglected and you get scars in the first place. Several hollywood male leads kept their for the "tough guy" look. You have a choice. ...Read more
How do I get rid of discoloration on my skin from acne? Its from picking and popping zits. Would laser resurfacing get rid of it?
Improve not remove: Many options exist for cosmetic improvement and include anti-inflammatories, peels, exfoliation, lasers, resurfacing, bleaching, excision, grafting, fillers, and much more, scars vary in their severity and so do the treatments. See a plastic surgeon, dermatologist or ENT for options. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Topical creams: If you are referring to pimples you may try over the counter acne treatments such as face wash for acne, topical acne treatments such as Benzoyl peroxide cream. You may also consult with a dermatologist for more effective treatment. Finally, some patients require oral medications. You may try Mederma, a scar cream which doesn't help everyone, otherwise scars become less visible over time. ...Read more
Acne Scars: There are several treatments for acne scars depending on the type of scars. Most acne scars improve with laser procedures. Some more mild scars may only require chemical peels or microdermabasion., while more severe scarring may require dermabasion or surgical scar revision. Please consult your dermatologist to help guide you through. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Multiple Options: The treatment depends on the severity and appearance of the scarring and how much you're willing to spend on treatment. Derma roller treatment is very inexpensive and can improve scarring all over the face. Much more expensive treatments such as ematrix or fraxel can improve the surface texture of your skin as well. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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