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Is dermabrasion effective for removing facial acne marks in teens?

Dermabrasion: Abrasion of the skin is helpful for removing marks and scars. It is not used more as it has - in my opinion - a greater risk of causing a scar than the well controlled laser treatments.Like fractionated fraxel treatments. ...Read more

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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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Is dermabrasion effective for removing facial acne marks in teens? My 17-year-old daughter is fighting some terrible acne and scarring. I am not aware of any medical problems besides her acne. Can dermabrasion be used in the treatment of facial acne marks

Is dermabrasion effective for removing facial acne marks in teens? My 17-year-old daughter is fighting some terrible acne and scarring. I am not aware of any medical problems besides her acne. Can dermabrasion be used in the treatment of facial acne marks

The : The first step is to get the acne under control. Although accutane-like drugs require careful monitoring and can have potential side effects, they do work for severe acne that has not responded to typical prescriptions. Nonsystemic drug options include isolaz and photodynamic therapy for reducing acne, but... If she truly has severe acne, chances are she needs an rx oral program along with rx topicals. If the acne is in constant flare, no scar treatment will be effective as the continued cycle of tissue destruction will be in play. No teen should have to endure the psychological ravages of acne, so I do hope you will seek out a qualified acne specialist who has all the tools at hand. Dermabrasion is a messy and risky procedure that few doctors use. Fractional lasers have become the gold standard for acne scarring. It is far more tolerable with low risk. Depending on your daughter's ethnic heritage, she can embark of a series of treatments with or without pre treatment for potential post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation. Fraxel and other fractional erbium lasers cause new collagen growth so the scarred areas build up to become more level with unscarred skin. It is a process and can't be completed in procedure. Most average patients with scars see decent improvement after 4 to 5 sessions. Severe scarring may require some subcision (undercutting the scar floor first) followed by fraxel. Residual redness can be reduced with vascular lasers. ...Read more

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Are hydroquinone cream products good for whitening and removing acne red marks?

Are hydroquinone cream products good for whitening and removing acne red marks?

It's about pigment: Hydroquinone works by decreasing the pigment cells in your skin. Let your doctor look at the scarring to determine if this is redness from blood vessels or is it pigment associated with pih or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. If it is pigment, hydroquinone will be your ticket. ...Read more

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How to remove acne marks?

How to remove acne marks?

Specialist work: A dermatologist can make the scars less apparent using a laser, filler, or dermabrasion. Before you do this, consider whether this is what you really want. If you are a woman, most men don't care but you'll probably get a good result. If you are a man, look at the hollywood stars who have kept their acne marks to look tougher (jet li, charlie sheen, stephen segal, many others.). ...Read more

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Can acne marks go away on their own?

Can acne marks go away on their own?

Yes: Most scars will fade with time. It doesn't necessarily mean it will resolve completely but usually becomes less prominent. Unfortunately the worse the scar, the more likely you are to have some residual signs even with years. ...Read more

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How do I remove acne marks naturally?

How do I remove acne marks naturally?

Can't be done: They fade with time, though it often takes several months. It's more important that you avoid getting new lesions. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in two weeks, your personal physician can help with prescription-strength medication. ...Read more

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What is the better cure of acne marks?

What is the better cure of acne marks?

Laser / Aesthetics: Laser therapy is very good at reducing scarring from acne - but specific lasers and a knowledgeable technician/physician is most important so as not to worsen the scarring... Sometimes - depending on skin type and type of scarring - other aesthetic treatments can help with decreasing the look of scars too... Good luck! ...Read more

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How to make my acne marks disappear ?

How to make my acne marks disappear   ?

See your physician: It depends on the depth of the scars and how much you have, also if there's more discoloration involved and if still with active acne. Using a noncomedogenic sunblock everyday will help prevent further discoloration. Retinoid products are known to reduce scarring over time but the most effective ones are by prescription. Glycolic acid may also help. See your physician for the best options for you. ...Read more

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How can I effectively treat acne marks?

How can I effectively treat acne marks?

Scars: This will require a dermatology consult. They can be made less visible by microsurgery, laser, filler or dermabrasion. It's your choice; remember that some hollywood leading men have kept their to look "tough." best wishes. ...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