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Removing Blackheads On Back
See Spot...removed!: One of the best methods for easily removing brown spots on the face from excess sun exposure is the intense pulsed light laser or "IPL" for short. This laser produces visible and dramatic results with the first treatment. It will lighten spots and brighten the appearance of your face. This imparts a soft youthful look to the skin. The IPL is performed in 2-5 sessions approximately 2-3 weeks apart. ...Read more
Probably: If they are inngrown hairs, especially around the bikini area, the hair removable laser will be helpful it ususally takes several, 6-10, treatments timed with the hair growth cycle to get rid of the hair. It is also nice to not have to shave. Try it , i bet you will be glad you did i would go to a reputable doctor and not a spa. Lana long, M.D. ...Read more
OTC Acne Treatment: If one is getting scarring (not staining, but depressed or pitted scars), one should seek a medical opinion for prescription treatment. The following can be used: clogged pores (whiteheads and blackheads): - retinol at bedtime - salicylic acid - glycolic acid - benzoyl peroxide inflammatory lesions (red bumps and/or pus bumps) - benzoyl peroxide gel - topical sulfur. ...Read more
Folliculitis: What you are describing sounds a lot like folliculitis (hair follicle infection - mild). Often, the best approach is to use an acne-type body wash with benzoyl peroxide (bpo). Bpo is over-the-counter and well tolerated. Use it in the shower daily and try to leave it on for a couple minutes. If this doesn't help after a week, then see your doctor for help and guidance. ...Read more
Will tazorac (tazarotene) help remove remove dark spots on my face? I have small scars from ingrown hairs I've removed in the past.
Folliculitis: Inflammation of the hair follicle occurs for many reasons, but when associated with shaving usually is caused by a dull razor, sensitivity to the shaving product or friction by clothing. Easing with hypoallergenic moisturizers and using topical antibiotic creams may help it heal faster. ...Read more
I have dark spots and scars on my face from acne and ingrown hairs. Any tips on how to remove them?
You will need laser: to address all of these things. You are on several medications, so adding another would not be a good idea. Good luck! ...Read more
Usually not: Scars occur between the follicles and can be of varying widths. If the scar is quite wide, sometimes it makes sense to cut out the scar and bring the scalp together to narrow the new scar so that the gap between the hairs is not as great. Unfortunately, if the scalp is pulled too tightly, tension can kill the hair follicles at the edge of the incision and result in a wide hairless area again. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
What can remove pimple breakouts, scars and discolorations on my back and on my chest due to hormonal theraphy?
Cauterized Scars: This is a difficult question to answer without knowing the exact depth of the cauterization and why the face was cauterized. Any injury involving the full thickness of the skin should leave a permanent scar. If the outer layers of the skin were cauterized, theoretically there should be minimal scarring. ...Read more
Not sure: I really don't feel that i can answer this question since i'm not sure exactly what you are talking about. Why don't you see a dermatologist and ask their opinion. ...Read more
Big picture: The key is long-term acne control. If topical benzoyl peroxid has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician. Post-acne pigmentation will fade on its own in a month or two at the most. If you have a black mole or something similar on your face, get it seen. Best wishes. ...Read more
Do chemical peels work for removing hyperpigmentation left behind by acne on the back? I have dark skin.
Not So Simple: Chemical peels are used most often on the face, because the face heals better than other parts of the body. They are also more predictable the lighter your skin. Since peels irritate as they remove pigmentation there is a chance that they can cause pigmentation, sometimes more than the peel removes. Seek a qualified dermatologist to review your options. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sunscreen & Time: Glycol acid facial peels are usually very safe, yet sometimes they can burn the skin. The darker your skin, the more risk you have for scarring and pigmentation after a burn or trauma to your skin. The best thing you can do at this time is to stay out of the sun, wear a high SPF sunblock (SPF 50+) and give it time (several months, even up to one year). Strict sun avoidance and time is KEY! ...Read more
Ingrown Hair: Sounds to me like you, in all likelihood, have developed an ingrown hair. Ingrown hairs are caused by a growing hair that gets trapped under the skin and can cause irritation and/or infection in the area. If you have many of these pimples, its a condition called 'folliculitis'. More severe cases may require treatment with antibiotics. ...Read more
Scalp Folliculitis: Folliculitis is the medical term for the infection and inflammation of the hair follicles. This condition can affect the hair and skin on any part of the body, including the scalp. Scalp folliculitis is characterized by the appearance of small, white or yellowish pustules, that resemble acne. The pustules can be quite itchy and painful at times. ...Read more
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