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Doctor insights on: Red Post Acne Marks

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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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


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Does dark spot corrector work on post acne red marks? Thanks!

Does dark spot corrector work on post acne red marks? Thanks!

No: Usually dark spots corrector is used on dark pigments seen on the hands as women age. Because it is formulated for the spots or lentigos on the hands I would not use it on the face. Acne has an antinflammatory component that aging spots do not have. To avoid possible scarring of the facial skin I would not recommend using it on the face. Follow label directions for safest use. ...Read more

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When do post acne redness and red marks fade on its own?

When do post acne redness and red marks fade on its own?

Can take awhile: You can get both over-the-counter and prescription-strength creams that will stimulate new skin cell growth to reduce the appearance of scars. These creams often contain Alpha hydroxy acids or salicylic acids, and some contain corticosteroids or antihistamines to help reduce inflammation and itching. Vinegar is a good natural remedy. If these don't work, visit your dermatologist. ...Read more

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Is benzoyl peroxide effective for acne my skin is oily I have few pimples but much of post acne hyper pigmentation red marks..

Is benzoyl peroxide effective for acne my skin is oily I have few pimples but much of post acne hyper pigmentation red marks..

Yes: Otc benzoyl peroxide 2% or 5% costs $5-10. Be careful: it will bleach clothing, towels, bed sheets. It is irritating & drying near lips & eyelids. If you control acne, you will slowly recover more normal color. A dermatologist can help with prescriptions. If you get branded benzoyl peroxide (proactiv) you will pay 10x more for same thing. ...Read more

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Will dark brown marks left by acne fade naturally?

PIH treatment. : Most commonly the marks that are left after an inflammatory acne session is postinflammatory hyperpigmentation or pih. In many cases pih will fade on it's own but in some cases will require tyrosinase inhibitors such as hydroquinone or kojic acid. They can be supplemented with retinoids and topical corticosteroids. ...Read more

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I would like a mild acne treatment that heals red post acne marks?

I would like a mild acne treatment that heals red post acne marks?

Mild will fail: The red marks after acne lesions subside aren't treatable and you'll need to let them face on their own. Instead, focus on whatever it takes to keep your disease under control -- and if it's leaving red marks that stay around, you'll need strong stuff. If topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated isn't clearing you in 2 weeks, you'll need prescription-strength from your physician. ...Read more

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Acne on my butt. Tiny bumps/painful hard acne. Possible treatment for the acne/scars? Dark scars, craters and new skin formation. Laser/chemical peel?

Acne on my butt. Tiny bumps/painful hard acne. Possible treatment for the acne/scars? Dark scars, craters and new skin formation. Laser/chemical peel?

Infection: Check with your private dermatologist.This sound like recurrence of small glutral abscesses leaving hard painful scars- or in fact, ongoing abscess formation. Must be visualized for diagnosis. ...Read more

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Will acne scar cream take away my red acne marks? I have fair skin. :(

Will acne scar cream take away my red acne marks? I have fair skin. :(

It's: worth a "try" but an exact answer is not possible. (It depends upon the extent and depth of your scars Hope this is helpful Dr Z ...Read more

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Does epiduo lighten dark spots left by acne?

Does epiduo lighten dark spots left by acne?

It is possible: Epiduo contains Adapalene and benzoyl peroxide. Adapalene is a third generation retinoid and as such can cause some mild lightening of the skin. I have seen this more often with something like Retin-A bit it is also possible that Adapalene can cause the same effect. Discuss with your dermatologist. ...Read more

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What causes acne marks and scars?

What causes acne marks and scars?

Destruction: When you have inflammatory acne for a long time the natural structure of your skin becomes permanently changed and the good structure is damaged and changed and marks or scars result. ...Read more

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Do blue & red light acne masks work for red acne scars? The marks that are left behind on fair skin tones?

Do blue & red light acne masks work for red acne scars? The marks that are left behind on fair skin tones?

Plan: You can try. But better to consult with dermatologist or cosmetologist. If you will overdo with skin it may leave scar for ever. ...Read more

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How to remove post acne marks on cheeks?

How to remove post acne marks on cheeks?

Different options: For over the counter methods try using products that have benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, alcohol, and acetone. For prescription treatments you may be prescribed antibiotics, retinoids or vitamin a derivatives, azelaic acid, oral contraceptives, or spironolactone. Always ask a dermatologist about the possible affects and the risks vs benefits of each treatment. Make sure it's best for you. ...Read more

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Will fraxel laser completely fade light acne indentation scars and dark skin?

Will fraxel laser completely fade light acne indentation scars and dark skin?

Fade Acne Scars and: It i supposed to fade acne scars and does skin resurfacing.It may also improve pigmented lesions on your face. I may not make your skin lighter, if that's what your question is, but it will fade pigmented lesions consult a dermatologist who offers this type of laser therapy. ...Read more

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Hi Doc! Whats a good facial cleanser to help remove red acne marks/ post infammatory hyperpigmentation marks. The marks have been a problem . Thanks?

Hi Doc! Whats a good facial cleanser to help remove red acne marks/ post infammatory hyperpigmentation marks. The marks have been a problem . Thanks?

Basically you can't: I'm sorry. These are going to need to resolve on their own. A hydroquinone bleach may help the brown spots, but nothing will help with the red spots. You're an adult now and I'm sorry that you acne wasn't managed aggressively when you were younger. Take charge of its care until it remits on its own. If benzoyl peroxide isn' enough, your physician can Rx stronger medicine. ...Read more

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What works against those red marks from previous acne breakouts?

Let them heal: It takes about two months for the portion of the dermis damaged by an acne lesion to reorganize and lose its extra vascularity. You'd do better to get your acne managed scientifically with your physician's guidance. It's a non-lifestyle-related, readily treatable disease for which you have a right to effective treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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What's good for fighting red marks after acne and acne itself.?

What's good for fighting red marks after acne and acne itself.?

Acne cures: Acne treatment may be as simple as using a topical drying agent like benzoyl peroxide to using lasers to taking an oral medication as strong as accutane. Everyone's different. Acne redness will usually fade with time as your acne clears, but this may take over a year. I like to use either ipl or red light photo dynamic therapy to speed up the clearing of inflamed or red acne. ...Read more

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I have post pimple marks on my face.I have underwent chemical peel treatment 3 yrs back.It cleared marks on forehead but marks on cheeks returned. ?

I have post pimple marks on my face.I have underwent chemical peel treatment 3 yrs back.It cleared marks on forehead but marks on cheeks returned. ?

Acne Marks: If you have the money, consider laser resurfacing with the fractionated c02 laser. Before laser treatment you can try retin a (tretinoin) cream 0.1% which is a prescription topical medication but this can take a few months. ...Read more

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more


Dr. Marsha Davis
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Facial Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more