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Doctor insights on: Severe Acne Scarring

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Can Accutane clear acne scars?

Can Accutane clear acne scars?

No. But it can help: Reduce acne breakouts and more cyst formation that can lead to new scars. Accutane is powerful medicine that requires monitoring and absolute avoidance of pregnancy (causes birth defects). See dermatologist for advice and prescription if you are a candidate. ...Read more

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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


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Will deep scarring fade with accutane?

Will deep scarring fade with accutane?

No: Deep scars will do what deep scars want to do. Accutane will help prevent further break outs but once scarring has occurred other treatments will need to be done to minimize their look. ...Read more

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Does dermabrasion help cure acne scarring?

Does dermabrasion help cure acne scarring?

Depends on Severity: Dermabrasion was once the best treatment for acne scars, but it often took a long time for the skin to heal and the treatment can leave scars or permanent lightening of the skin. The newest treatment is with fractionated co2 laser which is more effective, less likely to cause scarring and patients have less downtime. ...Read more

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Is micro-dermabrasion effective for acne and acne scarring?

Is micro-dermabrasion effective for acne and acne scarring?

Usually not: Micro-dermabrasion is best suited for removal of dead cells from the skin surface. Does not go deep enough to effectively reduce the depth of scarring or produce an adequate reaction under the skin to help smooth the base. ...Read more

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Does epiduo heal acne scars?

Does epiduo heal acne scars?

I have no experience: Commercial, over the counter, products have varying results- I have no experience with this product. ...Read more

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Can microdermabrasion cause scarring?

Can microdermabrasion cause scarring?

Yes: Each person's scarring pattern is unique to that person, so you need to take that into account for any surgery. That being said, microdermabrasion is one of the least scarring types of procedures . ...Read more

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Can sunscreen cause my acne scars to fade?

Sunscreen: When you wear sunscreen you are protecting yourself from the damaging effects of the sun. Typically any scar on your skin will appear darker or more intense when exposed to the sun. Unless your sunscreen has an active ingredient that helps reduce the appearance of scars, simply protecting your skin from the sun is helping scars fade. ...Read more

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Could honey work for clearing acne and acne scarring?

Could honey work for clearing acne and acne scarring?

No: This is a cruel internet hoax. Acne severe enough to cause scarring needs to be seen, and should have been managed, by your personal physician. Make the phone call now. ...Read more

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What causes acne marks and scars?

What causes acne marks and scars?

Destruction: When you have inflammatory acne for a long time the natural structure of your skin becomes permanently changed and the good structure is damaged and changed and marks or scars result. ...Read more

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Can you laser acne atrophic scars off the face?

Can you laser acne atrophic scars off the face?

Yes.: There are many treatments for acne scars ranging from actual surgery to dermabrasion to laser ablation or resurfacing. Often. Multiple treatments may be required. Laser resurfacing can often be quite painful during the recovery phase. ...Read more

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How can I cure acne vulgaris and acne scars. Precautions for acne?

How can I cure acne vulgaris and acne scars. Precautions for acne?

Scientific Rx: If you are male and still have acne while on benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin, your physician may try a systemic antibiotic such as tetracycline 500 2x/day. Or if this is deep / cystic / severe acne, it may be time to consider accutane. For the scars, a dermatologist can abrade, fill, operate and/or laser; your choice, but note the hollywood stars who keep their scars for character. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does scar repairex really fade acne scars ?

Does scar repairex really fade acne scars ?

Of course not: I'm sorry your acne was not treated as it should have been and you ended up with scars. Scams like "Repairex" target people like yourself. You can have them modified by a specialist with a laser, filler, or microsurgery, or you can do like several Hollywood leading men and keep them for the tough-guy look. ...Read more

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Can benzoyl peroxide clear acne scars?

Can benzoyl peroxide clear acne scars?

Benzoyl & acne scar: No - benzoyl peroxide will treat acne and help prevent worsening pustules and inflammation by helping to kill the bacteria causing acne. However, it won't have any effect on the scars you may get from aggressively picking or popping "zits" There are facial scrubs that may lessen the appearance of scars but a physician trained in skin peels would be needed for deep scars ...Read more

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How to treat acne, blackheads, oil, scarring?

How to treat acne, blackheads, oil, scarring?

Daily care + diet: Acne can be the result of different hormone imbalances. Medicines that help to stabilize the hormones of teenagers and of peri menopausal women have the same mechanism and can be considered. Excessive oil can lead to acne and may be diet related. Blackheads can result from constricted pores with dirt present and can be diminished by warmth when cleansing. Scarring increases with inflammation. ...Read more

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Is microdermabrasion effective for acne and acne scars?

Is microdermabrasion effective for acne and acne scars?

Yes & No: There are two types of acne scars. Craters and ice-pick. The ice-pick scar has sharp borders whereas the crater has smoother borders. Ice-pick variety of scars have to be excised and can be done quite easily with small punch biopsies. The crater variety can be helped with multiple sessions of microdermabrasion. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A very common skin condition that 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 ...Read more


Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more