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What over-the-counter creams can really work on reducing the appearance of acne scars?

What over-the-counter creams can really work on reducing the appearance of acne scars?

Acne scars: These can be very difficult problems depending on the depth. I recommend you see a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Over the counter creams really provide very little in most instances. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
2,095 doctors shared insights

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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Hi drs.....What is the best of these OTC products for reducing very small acne pores (scars) ''contractubex gel'' vs ''mederma'' vs ''kelocote'' ?

Hi drs.....What is the best of these OTC products for reducing very small acne pores (scars) ''contractubex gel'' vs ''mederma'' vs ''kelocote'' ?

Scientific Rx: I'm glad you're using benzoyl peroxide and if this is not keeping your current acne at bay, please get with your personal physician for something stronger. Nothing you can buy over the counter, despite the hype, is going to touch your acne scars long-term. You can either keep them (some hollywood "tough guys" like theirs) or get specialist treatment (filler, laser, microsurgery). ...Read more

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What gives acne scars?

What gives acne scars?

Inflammation: When acne is inflammatory, there are many chemicals that may destroy the structural elements in the dermis including collagen and elastic fibers. The skin becomes red and atrophic. Picking the pimples may enhance this damage. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How to clear up acne scar?

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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What to do about acne scars?

What to do about acne scars?

Acne Blemish: The treatment depends on the problem causing the blemish is it a hyperpigmented scar, a depression, an ice pick, a cyst, etc. Depending on the diagnosis treatments include: bleaching agents, peels, dermabrasion, laser resurfacing, skin needling, camouflage, tattoo, excision, grafting, fillers, fat grafting, puch grafting, soft tissue rearrangement, etc. ...Read more

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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. 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