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How long does it take retin-a micro to clear acne scars?

How long does it take retin-a micro to clear acne scars?

See below: Retin-a mirco does not treat acne scarring. It can help prevent new acne scars by preventing serious breakout as part of an acne treatment regimen. Some patients (especially those with darker skin tones) can develop dark spots from acne lesions. These are not actually scars and Retin-A can help improve them over the course of many months. ...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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Does retin-a micro help treat a slightly depressed red acne scar ? I've been on it for 10 weeks but no improvement in skin tone except for breakouts.

Does retin-a micro help treat a slightly depressed red acne scar ? I've been on it for 10 weeks but no improvement in skin tone except for breakouts.

No: As you have experienced, retin a (tretinoin) van provide many benefits. Unfortunately scar eradication is not one of those benefits. Laser treatments or excision and grafting (depending upon the issue) might be helpful. ...Read more

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Is retin a (tretinoin) cream is works better for acne scars on face?

Is retin a (tretinoin) cream is works better for acne scars on face?

Not for scars: I'm sorry your acne was neglected and you ended up with scars. Nothing you can apply will touch them. If you want them less visible, a plastic surgeon or dermatologist can do laser, filler, or microsurgery. Several Hollywood male stars have kept their scars for "tough guy" roles, and depending on your self-concept, they may be a plus. ...Read more

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If I use proactive dark spot corrector and retin a (tretinoin) 0.25 can it help with my acne scars?

If I use proactive dark spot corrector and retin a (tretinoin) 0.25 can it help with my acne scars?

No: Neither will touch actual depressed scars, not can anything else. At best, you can hide your hyperpigmented lesions and even this is likely not to be very successful. Get your active disease under control, and if you wish, get seen by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon who can deal with the scars using a filler, laser or microsurgery. ...Read more

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What skin treatments are good for acne marks and I have one slightly slightly depressed acne scar ? Any creams ? Peels ? I'm on retin-a for a 5 weeks

What skin treatments are good for acne marks and I have one slightly slightly depressed acne scar ? Any creams ? Peels ? I'm on retin-a for a 5 weeks

Numerous choices: There are a variety of treatments that vary according to the severity of scars: chemical peels, dermabrasion, laser resurfacing, fillers, fat grafting, excision, grafting, etc. ...Read more

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Is retin-a micro safe as an acne medicine?

Is retin-a micro safe as an acne medicine?

See below: Generally, yes, assuming you're not pregnant and take proper precautions regarding sunlight exposure. In addition, it's always important to read the package insert. ...Read more

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Can erythromycin topical 2% and retin-a micro be used in the same day? Say one in the am and one in the pm for acne?

Can  erythromycin topical 2% and retin-a micro be used in the same day? Say one in the am and one in the pm for acne?

Yes: You certainly can use this combination. Erythromycin in the am and retina-a micro at night would be the best plan. However, i rarely use erythromycin. Its just not that effective for most people. Clindamycin doesn't cost any more, and is usually much more effective, especially when it is combined with a small amount of benzoyl peroxide. ...Read more

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Is their a RX for GETING rid if acne scars or do I just have to get micro dermabrasion treatment?

Is their a RX for GETING rid if acne scars or do I just have to get micro dermabrasion treatment?

Hard to eliminate: Acne scars are generally not completely removed with topical therapy, athough appearance can be improved with them. ...Read more

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