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Doctor insights on: Keloid Acne Scars

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Can you share any home remedies for back acne scars (keloids)?

Can you share any home remedies for back acne scars (keloids)?

None will work: I am very sorry that you ended with keloidal acne scars. This didn't need to happen. If your family's devotion to "natural healing" caused them to neglect this serious and permanently disfiguring disease, I hope this will cause you to wise up and recognize how wrong they were not to get you a real rx. Get with a dermatologist or plastic surgeon -- it's likely they maybe able to help some.

Dr. M. Christine Lee
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What is the best way to get rid of the acne keloid scars on my back?

What is the best way to get rid of the acne keloid scars on my back?

Injections: Hypertrophic scars on the back are very difficult to treat and only modest improvment is the norm. They can be decreased by intralesional cortisone injections.

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Are keloid scars the same as acne scars?

Are keloid scars the same as acne scars?

Nope: Keloids are a specific type of scar that overgrows the edges of the injury. Acne scars include a wide variety of scars that form in response to acne.

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Has fraxel been tried in curing acne scars and keloid?

Has fraxel been tried in curing acne scars and keloid?

Yes: The co2 fractionated laser series can help resolve scars. Keloids are very difficult to treat and the co2 fractionated laser has been used mixed reviews. There is no cure for keloids but there is prescription medication cream to be used after removing them and that has been helpful as well.

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How to get rid of keloid scars caused by acne?

How to get rid of keloid scars caused by acne?

Stepwise approach: Avoidance of injury, pressure, massage, silicone gel sheeting, steroid injections, 5fu (fluorouracil) injections, surgery and/or radiation therapy are used in the management of keloids (roughly in that lprogression). Laser therapy is controversial.

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Does silicone sheet shrink and fade new keloids? I have many new keloids on my neck. Formed from acne. Does silicone sheet fade the keloid scar?

Does silicone sheet shrink and fade new keloids? I have many new keloids on my neck. Formed from acne. Does silicone sheet fade the keloid scar?

Scar care: The use of silicone sheeting has been used for scar care with some documented results. Mederma is an OTC medication from onion extract has shown excellent results, although should probably be used after dermatology consultation. If you continue with scarring from "new acne" there are advances in topical treatments that may stopped new outbreaks of acne and should be recommended to prevent keloids

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I have a 5 year old cluster-like keloid scar on my jawline from acne. Can I use 17% salicylic acid wart remover to slough off the layers?

I have a 5 year old cluster-like keloid scar on my jawline from acne. Can I use 17% salicylic acid wart remover to slough off the layers?

Keloids: The treatment you propose will do little to impact Keloidal scarring. These scars are a build-up of dense collagen in the dermis and little effected by the kind of exfoliative surface treatment for a wart, which is an epidermal process. A good plastic surgeon may be able to help guide you on better options, surgical or medical.

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How to cure acne scars?

How to cure acne scars?

Treat acne first: Active acne must be taken care of first. Once that is done, then scarring can be addressed with a variety of treatment options depending on your skin type, the depth of scar, presence of other skin problems etc. Your facial plastic surgeon or dermatologist may recommend peels, lasers, scar revisions, dermabrasion or other techniques. Good luck!

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How to cure acne scars?

How to cure acne scars?

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.

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How to fade acne scars?

How to fade acne scars?

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.

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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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How to repair acne scars?

How to repair acne scars?

Hard: Micro needling can help with scars (adding PRP helps even more), fractionated lasers are better, but more expensive. A less invasive (but slower results) process would be laser genesis to the scars. If they are depressed you can use needle subcision or fillers to improve the appearance. Improving your acne will prevent further scars, see your doctor for possible treatments, antibiotics or creams.

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Could acne/acne scars turn you off?

Could acne/acne scars turn you off?

Yes: Or turn you on. There's no understanding what someone will like. However, I need to tell you that acne scars, especially on a woman, are a serious liability, and even chris pine and brad pitt go to great lengths to conceal theirs. If you're responsible for a young person's health ; you allow them to develop acne scars through neglect, they will resent it for the rest of their life.

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What are the main causes of acne scars?

What are the main causes of acne scars?

Infection: Low grade infection with inflammation and injury with damage with subsequent healing/necrosis/fibrosis involving surrounding dermal and subcutaneous structures will produce the resulting scars that are characteristic of acne (ice pick, shallow depressions, epithelial bridges, etc).

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What causes acne scars to heal so slowly?

What causes acne scars to heal so slowly?

Inflammation: The inflammatory response associated with them results in prolonged healing times. Can see dermatologist / asthetician / cosmetic surgeon for help in expediting process.

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What helps the most for acne and acne scars?

What helps the most for acne and acne scars?

Depends: Best treatment is individualized. For women it may be certain oral contraceptive pills or spironolactone. For very severe acne or acne resistant to initial therapy, oral isotretinoin is the most effective. Plan on several months of treatment to achieve desired result. After isotretinoin there may be no maintenance. With all others there will be months to years of continued maintenance.

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What is the best thing for acne and acne scars?

What is the best thing for acne and acne scars?

A comprehensive: Evaluation by a good dermatologist! That way you can select from a variety of treatments.

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What happens if you have/had acne scars please read?

What happens if you have/had acne scars please read?

What type?: Red and brown post-acne marks need to be allowed to fade on their own. Depressed acne marks can be treated only by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon with fillers, laser or microsurgery. The key is to get your acne under control -- if you've had scarring and it's still active, get with any competent physician. Best wishes.

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How to treat acne scars?

How to treat acne scars?

Scar: Depending how deep, a lot of dermatologists are offering laser treatments to help with acne scarring. Sometimes bleaching creams and peels are used for hyper pigmentation. Unfortunately, most of these therapies are considered cosmetic and not covered by insurance but they can really help.

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