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Removing Dark Spots From Acne
Bleaching with hydrogen peroxide can remove dark spots on face in 2 weeks? Which can remove dark spots from acne faster?
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
Hyperpigmentation: Hyperpigmentation can be treated in a number of ways: prescription bleaching creams, chemical peels, photofacial treatments and laser. Most, if not all, are not covered by many insurance plans. See your dermatologist to discuss which might be right for you and the cost. Otc lightening creams do exist. No matter which you choose, sun avoidance is a must to avoid a return of the discoloration. ...Read more
Dark Spot: You have to protect your skin from the sun to avoid getting dark spots. But once the dark spots appear, it is possible to treat them. Potential over-the-counter treatments include hydroquinone creams that bleach the skin and microdermabrasion kits that buff out the rough, dark spots. Prescription drug treatments include tretinoin, known as retin-a. ...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.
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
Hyperpig/IPL: Maybe best to see dermatologist in person to evaluation the hyperpigmemtation issues. ...Read more
Time: They fade by themselves in a few weeks. I trust your acne is being controlled now -- if topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in two weeks, your physician's prescription-strength rx will handle it. A topical hydroquinone bleach applied skilfully can make the pigment less visible, but it's probably not worth the trouble. ...Read more
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?
Would removing hair with a pumice stone leave black spots like shaving? Have light complexion and dark hair
Pumice stone: The pumice stone may or may not basically grind the hair off the surface of the skin but it would take a lot of friction which will primarily affect the skin surface and not the hair. All that rubbing can cause a pretty significant rash and erosions of the surface. That can result in infection and later when it heals in darkening or blotchiness of the skin. Definitely not recommended. ...Read more
No: Agree with dr. Holcomb's answer.Get a more detailed answer ›
Scientific Rx: After inflammation, there's often temporary hyperpigmentation. You can use a quinone bleach if you have the patience, but it's more important that you acne be controlled. This is the 21st century and any physician can make almost all acne disappear using a combination of topical and sometimes systemic medications. You have a right to this. Best wishes. ...Read more
Make sure not cancer: See physician first to make sure it is not a skin cancer. Sometimes the worst appearing lesion may not be a cancer. Dark spots depending on appearance can be very embarassing. Most physicians can remove these depending on the size. Your insurance may consider it cosmetic surgery. If it is a problem to you, then go for getting it removed. ...Read more
I have acne and dark spots on my face.I tried lemon to remove dark spots.I am using neutrogena acne free facewash.How to remove pimples and darkspots?
Scientific Rx: I'm sorry you were misled by the foolish business with the lemon, which is worthless. You're a grown man and need to take charge of your acne. If topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated (try 5% 2x/day) hasn't cleared the pimples in 2 weeks, get with your personal physician for prescription-strength rx. The post-inflammatory pigment fades on its on after several weeks, or try hydroquinone sparingly. ...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
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