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Does using steam help with removing acne scars? Is it safe to do it?

Does using steam help with removing acne scars? Is it safe to do it?

Acne Scars: Steam is of little value in treatment or removal of acne scars. Dermabrasion or surgical removal works. Please see your local dermatologist for best evaluation and treatment ...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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Which treatment is best for removing acne scars/pits?

Which treatment is best for removing acne scars/pits?

Acne scars: It is unlikely that your skin will be clear but it can be improved. Treatment must be based on addressing the active disease (usually with oral retinoids and/or systemic or topical antibiotics and skin care regimen) and then using other methods to address the established scars. This can include peels, lasers, dermabrasion, surgery, grafts, fillers, grafts, etc. ...Read more

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Does vitamin C help in removing acne scars? And how much should I use it and in what quantity?

Does vitamin C help in removing acne scars? And how much should I use it and in what quantity?

No: Nothing can remove a scar. Vitamin c might help reduce scarring in a wound that is healing but it will have no effect on an existing scar. There is no real evidence that vitamin c will help scarring except in people who have a deficiency -and that is rare in the developed world. Scar revision surgery or lasers may help reduce the visibility of scars but they will no remove a scar. ...Read more

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Should I go to a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist for removing acne scars?

Should I go to a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist for removing acne scars?

Both are good!: Your could ask for referrals within both groups of doctors. A wise approach is to find a doctor with the most experience with this. Look for one who is a board-certified physician and accepts your insurance if possible. ...Read more

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I have acne problem...so i want help in making my face clean...help...i also want help in removing my acne scars..

I have acne problem...so i want help in making my face clean...help...i also want help in removing my acne scars..

Acne: Wash face w gentle cleanser 2x/day & use oil free products. No oily hair or heavy foundations. Try not to pop pimples. Avoid touching face (cradling chin in hands). Remove makeup before bed. Shower after strenuous exercise. Consider OTC products (salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide). Retinoids/ comedone extractor can be helpful for black heads. For scars see dermatology. ...Read more

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Will using "no marks cream" help removing acne/pimple scars on my chin and face ?

Will using "no marks cream" help removing acne/pimple scars on my chin and face ?

No: unfortunately over the counter creams will do little to change it. See a dermatologist for help. ...Read more

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What is the best remedy for removing back acne scars?

What is the best remedy for removing back acne scars?

Tough deep problem: These are very difficult scars to remove due to the thickness of the skin and depth of the scars. Depending on the problem: raised, depressed, wide, red, dark, etc, a variety of techniques such as microdermabrasion, injections, fillers, pdt, laser, ipl, dermabrasion, grafts, flaps, etc, may be indicated. ...Read more

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How old do you have to be to have laser surgery for removing your acne scars?

How old do you have to be to have laser surgery for removing your acne scars?

When breakouts stop: First lasers do not remove scars, acne or otherwise. Treat for acne scarring can be done when the break out have stopped. ...Read more

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What is the best way for removing the scar of acne?

What is the best way for removing the scar of acne?

Laser/dermabrasion: Laser resurfacing or dermabrasion (not to be confused with microdermabrasion) are the best ways to reduce the appearance of acne scars. However, neither method will completely get rid of the scars. They just diminish them. ...Read more

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I had acne on my face and scars. What is the best way for removing the scar of acne?

I had acne on my face and scars. What is the best way for removing the scar of acne?

Seek professionals: There are many different ways to treat scars which depend on the nature and the type of scars that you have. You need to be evaluated by your dermatologic surgeon and discuss options. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Press
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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...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