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What can I do to slowly lighten the acne mark i have? Laser is too expensive and time consuming for me..

What can I do to slowly lighten the acne mark i have? Laser is too expensive and time consuming for me..

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 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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I'm white can I use a lightening product for acne red marks will there be any side effects or darkening in the future ?

I'm white can I use a lightening product for acne red marks will there be any side effects or darkening in the future ?

Acne Scars: My favorite lightner for acne scars is glycolic acid. It is a smart lotion and will lighten what should not be there and leave your normal skin it's normal color. You should wear sunscreen everyday. There is a slight chance these marks can darken over time if not treated. ...Read more

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Are home remedies effective in lightening acne blemishes? I wanted a natural solution for my blemishes. I have heard tomato juice helps. Does it?

Are home remedies effective in lightening acne blemishes? I wanted a natural solution for my blemishes. I have heard tomato juice helps. Does it?

Real Rx: My colleague gave you good advice about the active lesions. Postinflammatory pigmentation may stay around for several weeks. I would advise you against trying to lighten it with any of the hydroquinone skin bleaches; they're difficult to use and may make things look worse. The key is managingthe active disease -- use a scientific rather than "pop" treatment. ...Read more

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Can there be any effective home remedies that is good for lightening acne scars?

Can there be any effective home remedies that is good for lightening 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. ...Read more

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Hi docs, can you tell me if skin lightening creams are safe for acne scars?

Hi docs, can you tell me if skin lightening creams are safe for acne scars?

Not for scars: The hyperpigmentation that follows the acut lesions and lasts for a few weeks or months may respond to a hydroquinone skin lightener, though you may disfigure yourself if you're not careful. It's better to get your disease under control. Topical benzoyl peroxide is your best friend, and your physician may be able to add something if it's not sufficient. ...Read more

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more