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Doctor insights on: Hyperpigmentation Acne Scars

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Dr. Lisa Kates Dr. Kates
Dermatology
22 years in practice
Hahnemann Medical College
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Will bio oil help reduce my hyperpigmentation acne scars? Is it effective?

Will bio oil help reduce my hyperpigmentation acne scars? Is it effective?

Acne scars: There are two causes of the the hyper pigmentation in acne scars. First is the the actual dark spot left by the inflammation at stimulated the melanocytes. Second, is the erythema, the redness of the inflammatory process. Sunscreen will help both of the processes. The first may also require hydoquione, retin a, (tretinoin) kojic acid, chemical peels, etc. ...Read more

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Dr. M. Christine Lee
474 doctors shared insights

Acne Scar (Definition)

Acne scars are much deeper than the 2 dimensional blemish on the surface. The collagen fibers may extend through the subcutaneous fat to pull the surface down toward the underlying fascial layers. This creates the three dimensional "pit" common ...Read more


Dr. Eric O'Neill Dr. O'Neill
Surgery - Plastics
31 years in practice
Texas Tech University Paul L. Foster School of Medicine
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Please help! I have two large hyperpigmentation acne scars on my face will they ever go away?

Please help! I have two large hyperpigmentation acne scars on my face will they ever go away?

Possibly: Depending on the amount of time since the scars developed, they might fade with time. Otherwise, hydroquinone based creams, sometimes combined with retin-a, may be helpful, although these also take time. Finally, laser based treatments might be effective. Check with your local plastic surgeon or dermatologist for options. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Cohen Dr. Cohen
Surgery - Plastics
30 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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Dr. Michael Sparacino Dr. Sparacino
Family Medicine
33 years in practice
A. T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
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What can I do to help my hyperpigmentation and acne scars?

What can I do to help my hyperpigmentation and acne scars?

See your doctor: Symptoms like these are best deterimed by a thorough evaluation by your physician. Based on his/her findings, a treatment plan can be developed to help you. ...Read more

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. ...Read more

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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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Can I use hyperpigmentation cream on acne scars on my back and breast?

Can I use hyperpigmentation cream on acne scars on my back and breast?

Only if....: Those scars are hyperpigmented (brown in color), and you are trying to lighten up the color. Otherwise, there's no reason to choose that particular product. ...Read more

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Dr. James Newman Dr. Newman
Facial Plastic Surgery
26 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio
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Could i get help with acne scars/hyperpigmentation!?

Could i get help  with acne scars/hyperpigmentation!?

Combo treatments: Acne scarring and hyperpigmentation often occur together. Once the inflammatory acne is under control ,topical 2% salicylic acid can conditions skin and reduce pigmentation. Microabrasion with claisonic brush, medical grade microdermabrasion , micro needling , or stronger chemical peels are options to discuss with a specialist. E-matrix and fraxel lasers can also help. ...Read more

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Dr. Kathleen Gilmore Dr. Gilmore
Urgent Care
22 years in practice
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Can you give me suggestions with acne scars/hyperpigmentation!?

Can you give me suggestions with acne scars/hyperpigmentation!?

Help for Acne Scars: Dark spot or hyperpigmentation from acne is addressed by three things ideally, tretinoin to exfoliate, hydroquinone to lighten (i prefer 4%) and ipl to ablate the pigment in the lesions. Then sunblock always, always, always. Repeat. Scarring can be mild to deep and severe. Fractional ablation for mild scarring, deep scars may require full ablation or excision. ...Read more

Dr. Otto Placik Dr. Placik
Surgery - Plastics
30 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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How could i get rid of acne scars/hyperpigmentation?

How could i get rid of acne scars/hyperpigmentation?

A few options: Skin bleaching with various agents or peels may help as well as resurfacing techniques depending on he exact nature of the discoloration which may benefit from glycolic acids peels, hydroquinone, kojic acids, etc. Ipl, lasers or microdermabrasion or dermabrasion are also options, avoid sun exposure while being treated. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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What is the most effective over-the-counter treatment plan for controlling acne while healing minor acne scars & hyperpigmentation?

What is the most effective over-the-counter treatment plan for controlling acne while healing minor acne scars & hyperpigmentation?

Benzoyl peroxide: It will slow new lesions but won't touch scars or hyperpigmentation. It is also only moderately effective. Nothing else over-the-counter works. Get with your physician -- despite our dysfunctional health care system, it's your best choice. ...Read more

Dr. M. Christine Lee Dr. Lee
Dermatology
24 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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Should i go to a cosmetic plastic surgeon, dermatolgist or esthetician for acne scar/hyperpigmentation. I would like laser produces or peels done.

Should i go to a cosmetic plastic surgeon,  dermatolgist or esthetician for acne scar/hyperpigmentation. I would like laser produces or peels done.

See a Specialist: You should see either a dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon who specializes in acne scarring, cosmetic surgery and lasers. They would own many lasers and have many years of experience treating acne scarring, hyperpigmentation and other disorders. Chemical acid peels do not work as well as lasers but some doctors do not own any lasers and only offer chemical peels. But lasers cost more. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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How can I heal acne scars and hyperpigmentation?

How can I heal acne scars and hyperpigmentation?

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

Dr. Joel Steckelman Dr. Steckelman
Pediatrics
years in practice
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
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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 can you reduce hyperpigmentation scars from acne?

How can you reduce hyperpigmentation scars from acne?

First control acne: Acne is a complex disease treated with a variety of approaches ranging from topical anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, as well as hormonal, medical regimens and surgery. Each case is individually treated and it is difficult to recommend a single cure. See a dermatologist first. ...Read more

Dr. Nicholas Husni Dr. Husni
Surgery - Plastics
18 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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How are red, smooth acne scars (marks?) formed and how can they be treated, seeing as they are not forms of hyperpigmentation. ?

How are red, smooth acne scars (marks?) formed and how can they be treated, seeing as they are not forms of hyperpigmentation. ?

Acne Scars: Acne scars may be pitted, pigmented, or red (vascular). Scars from injury or surgery may be red as well. In my practice, i treat redness in scars with broad band light, a form of ipl that closes down the capillaries in the red area, decreasing the red color. ...Read more

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Dr. Allison Holzapfel Dr. Holzapfel
Surgery - Plastics
18 years in practice
University of Louisville School of Medicine
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What can I do to reduce hyperpigmentation scars from acne?

What can I do to reduce hyperpigmentation scars from acne?

Lasers or bleaching: Treatment with a fractionated laser or an intense pulsed light system can be very effective in lightening hyperpigmentation. Adding a bleaching agent like hydroquinone or kojic acid will also speed the reduction. Sunscreen use is also necessary. ...Read more

Dr. Maritza Baez Dr. Baez
Family Medicine
13 years in practice
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
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What are the best natural remedies for skincare tips for sun damaged skin, acne scars, and hyperpigmentation?

What are the best natural remedies for skincare tips for sun damaged skin, acne scars, and hyperpigmentation?

Pangea Organics: Try pangea products. They are plant based (not weird chemicals), organic, vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free and fairtrade. The high antioxidant content found in these products supports collagen retention, helps stimulate micro-circulation, gently purifies, brightens skin tone and helps prevent discoloration and moisture loss. http://www.pangeaorganics.com/buffalo. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
2,147 doctors shared insights

Acne (Definition)

A very common skin condition that starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the ...Read more


Dr. Monib Zirvi
205 doctors shared insights

Increased Skin Pigmentation (Definition)

Increased skin pigmentation = more color due to having more pigment in the outermost layer of ...Read more