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Doctor insights on: How To Reduce Pitted Acne Scars

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Dr. Otto Placik Dr. Placik
Surgery - Plastics
30 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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How to reduce acne scar?

How to reduce acne scar?

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.

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Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Are there natural ways to reduce acne scars?

Are there natural ways to reduce acne scars?

No: Forgive my frankness. I'm sorry you have acne scars in the first place, and it's especially unfortunate if a fixation on "natural healing" caused somebody to neglect 21st century medical care of acne. Scars can be treated with fillers, lasers, or microsurgery by a specialist. Again, I'm really sorry you got scarred & hope you can get effective treatment.

Dr. George Yang Dr. Yang
Facial Plastic Surgery
18 years in practice
Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University
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How can I reduce the appearance of acne scars?

How can I reduce the appearance of 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.

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Dr. Richard Tholen Dr. Tholen
Surgery - Plastics
37 years in practice
University of Kansas School of Medicine
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Can acne scars disappear or reduce after years?

Can acne scars disappear or reduce after years?

Scars are permanent,: As time goes by they will fade and the scar retraction will loosen to a degree. But they are permanent, so do not pick or squeeze, worsening the damage and scar that results. Fortunately, acne does usually diminish and in se cases go away as you get older. But adult acne does exist, and women who have children can suffer hormonal acne outbreaks. Dermatologists can help acne; plas surg for scars!

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Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Can you tell me natural ways to reduce acne scars?

Can you tell me natural ways to reduce acne scars?

Help is available: Please forgive my frankness. I'm sorry you got the scars in the first place. Your acne could have been managed by scientific means. If you / your parents resisted these because of a fixation on "natural" / folk / phony treatments, you have my sympathy. You can be treated with fillers, microsurgery, or laser. Nothing you can do on your own will touch them. Sorry, Blake, it's the truth.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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What's the best make up brand to help reduce acne and acne scars?

What's the best make up brand to help reduce acne and acne scars?

Products: Healthtap Doctors are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines.

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Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Any good home remedies that will help to reduce/ clear acne scars?

Any good home remedies that will help to reduce/ clear acne scars?

There aren't any: Anybody offering you a product or a pop remedy to remove acne scars at home is scamming you. A dermatologist can make them less visible with a laser, surgery, filler and/or dermabrasion. Some men, including tommy lee jones, jet li, and casey pahall (photo), keep their scars for the "tough guy" look. It's your choice.

Dr. Pedro Hernandez Dr. Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
36 years in practice
University of Costa Rica Faculty of Medicine
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Does even better by clinique really reduce the appearance of acne scars?

Does even better by clinique really reduce the appearance of acne scars?

Acne scars: If the scars disappear temporarily by stretching the skin of the affected area they can disappear with injections of dermafillers (restylane, juvederm etc.)and possibly with creams that contain the same (hyaluronic acid). In cases of acne, peeling is a consideration (chemical facial peel) to treat acne scars.

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Dr. David Sire Dr. Sire
Dermatology
50 years in practice
UC Irvine School of Medicine
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Do chemical peels reduce scars like acne scars?

Some peels do: Yes, some peels do reduce acne scars. It depends on the type and depth of the scar and which agents are used. You need to see a dermatologist who specializes in chemical peeling.

Dr. Anifat Balogun Dr. Balogun
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
25 years in practice
Hahnemann Medical College
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Home care ways to reduce and diminish acne scars?

Home care ways to reduce and diminish acne scars?

Improve Acne Scars: I do not know of any effective home-care only ways to reduce acne scars. Products like tretinoin and lightening agents can be used to reduce textural and pigment irregularities that are seen with acne breakouts. For acne scars, medium depth peels, laser resurfacing or dermabrasion are effective modalities to improve scarring, depending on extent of scarring and skin type.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Is there any way to eliminate (or reduce)acne scars all over my face?

Is there any way to eliminate (or reduce)acne scars all over my face?

Recommend evaluation: With either a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon to determine your options.

Dr. Otto Placik Dr. Placik
Surgery - Plastics
30 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Dear dr. How reduce acne scar on face? I try many things but no use please help me?

Dear dr. How reduce acne scar on face? I try many things but no use please help me?

Improve not remove: First consult with your dermatologist to learn how to best control your outbreaks and prevent future scarring. Once under control treating existing scars may involve multimodal therapy with make-up, skin care, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, dermabrasion, skin needling, bleaching, laser, scar revision, grafting, excision, fat transfer and more.

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan Dr. Dohan
Dermatology
53 years in practice
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Plz suggest me some ointments to reduce acne and acne scars? I am using eromycin lotion

Plz suggest me some ointments to reduce acne and acne scars? I am using eromycin lotion

Benzoyl Peroxide: Your present therapy is not very effective. Benz-peroxide 2-1half or 5% can be used in addition or instead, costing about $5 otc. If you call it "pro-activ" it is much more expensive. Keep it off any nice fabrics that you don't want to bleach. If you need to get serious about acne, see a dermatologist.

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Dr. Subramaniam Arumugam Dr. Arumugam
Surgery - Plastics
52 years in practice
Andhra University, Rangaraya Medical College AKA University of Health Sciences Vijayawada
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What are some treatments to reduce acne scars?

What are some treatments to reduce acne scars?

See Skin Care Doctor: You should see a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist who treats acne and acne scars let them examine you and treat you.

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Dr. Barry Cohen Dr. Cohen
Surgery - Plastics
30 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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Dr. Thomas Fiala Dr. Fiala
Surgery - Plastics
29 years in practice
University of Western Ontario Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
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How can you reduce hyperpigmentation from an acne scar?

Have you tried: Skin lightening agents, like hydroquinone or kojic acid? These are found in many "bleaching creams", and can reduce the appearance of blotchy dark pigment.

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Dr. Janet Turkle Dr. Turkle
Surgery - Plastics
31 years in practice
University of Kansas School of Medicine
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What is an effective way to reduce the recurring acne scars on my face?

What is an effective way to reduce the recurring acne scars on my face?

Control break outs: The acne process needs to be under control in order to keep from recreating additional scarring. Help from a qualified physician is primary. Treatment with either fractionated lasers or ablative lasers for more severe cases vs chemical peels and microdeabrasion for more superficial situations can be helpful. Your coloration will help guide the proper tx. Good luck!

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Dr. Emil Shakov Dr. Shakov
Aesthetic Medicine
13 years in practice
American University of the Caribbean
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Dr. Anifat Balogun Dr. Balogun
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
25 years in practice
Hahnemann Medical College
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Any possible way to reduce facial flushing/redness after a shower? What about redness on cheeks from acne scar during a normal day?

Any possible way to reduce facial flushing/redness after a shower? What about redness on cheeks from acne scar during a normal day?

Facial flush. Acne: Try reducing the heat in your shower water. The redness in your cheeks can be reduced longterm with a treatment like ipl (intense pulsed light) or nd:yag laser. The most effective treatment for you can be determined after consultation with a facial cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist.

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