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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. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne 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 face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more


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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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How can you reduce hyperpigmentation from acne scars?

How can you reduce hyperpigmentation from acne scars?

Healing scars: When our bodies sustain an injury, the immediate response is inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling). This is the body increasing the blood flow and bringing healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. As healing occurs, new tissues fill in that are different than normal and less elastic. This is a scar. Over time it will fade in color but always be there. ...Read more

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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

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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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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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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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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. M. Christine Lee
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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. Kathleen Gilmore
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Hyperpigmentation (Definition)

Hyperpigmentation is a medical term describing areas of skin that are darker than the rest of the skin. It can be present from birth or caused by ...Read more