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I've had severe acne scars for years and nothing prescribed to me has helped what should I do?

I've had severe acne scars for years and nothing prescribed to me has helped what should I do?

Dermatologist lasers: Consult a dermatologist with lasers and it will help with the scars .it does laser skin resurfacing and may require 1 to 3 treatments ...Read more

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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I have severe acne scars all ovrr my face..Some are holes while other are in the form of reddened skin while some are both...Non surgical ways plz?

I have severe acne scars all ovrr my face..Some are holes while other are in the form of reddened skin while some are both...Non surgical ways plz?

Acne scars: you can consider laser treatment or direct excision of scars. have your face evaluated by a board certified dermatologist and a board certified facial plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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What are good treatments for getting rid of severe acne scars?

What are good treatments for getting rid of severe acne scars?

Multiple options: Acne scars come in several "flavors." there are ice pick scars, boxcar scars, rolling scars and atrophic scars. Acne scars are difficult to treat. There is no "magic bullet." scar excision/revision, injectable fillers/fat, subcision, laser, chem peel, dermabrasion, etc. Many treatments can "improve" the flatness of the scar, and/or texture of the skin, but it will not make your skin flawless. ...Read more

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I want to have a fraxel laser treatment on my severe acne scars. Is this effective?

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I want to have a fraxel laser treatment on my severe acne scars. Is this effective?

Fraxel for acne scar: The fraxel laser is very effective for treating acne scars if used aggressively. It requires several treatments but you can go to work without any downtime. For faster results in one treatment with downtime use the pixel or fractionated co2 laser or the erbium lasers. ...Read more

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Are there any creams/gels.For treatment of acne scars? Are surgical methods the only way? I have severe acne scars so will I spend d all my life ugly

Are there any creams/gels.For treatment of acne scars? Are surgical methods the only way? I have severe acne scars so will I spend d all my life ugly

Acne scars: Acne scars need resurfacing and the dermis to regrow in a normal pattern. No gell or cream is appropriate. Fractional ablation laser treatments or chemical peels will accomplish this. Some work with stem cells sounds very promising in the future, where injected into scarred sites. Not reccommended as anything more than experimental currently. ...Read more

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Severe acne scars on forehead, and the sides of the face. Besides dermabrasion & other skin resurfacing treatments how can I achieve clear skin again?

Severe acne scars on forehead, and the sides of the face. Besides dermabrasion & other skin resurfacing treatments how can I achieve clear skin again?

Don't give up!: Deep acne scars are a tough problem. Laser resurfacing, in my opinion, is the best way to improve the appearance. It is rarely a one time treatment, however. We use active fx and deep fx and repeat the treatment a few times (we wait a few months between treatments to evaluate the effect) for maximal benefit. ...Read more

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How can you rid severe acne and scars at the same time?

How can you rid severe acne and scars at the same time?

Let us try: 1. Pop the pus out of each lesion and sqeese enough till all the pus is out and you see a little bit of blood. This sqeesing is essentisl to let the acne heel without a scar. 2. Wash your face twice daily with medicated soap and apply clindamycine 1% solution to each lesion 3. Take Cipro (ciprofloxacin) 500 mg, one tab twice a day for 3 weeks. ...Read more

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I have severe acne and horrible scars. I tried isotretroin but it did not help. Can you please suggest some way?

I have severe acne and horrible scars. I tried isotretroin but it did not help. Can you please suggest some way?

Complex disease: Acne is a very complex disease entity and you may want to see a specialist for treatment which away require trials of different medication regimens and skin care products. ...Read more

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I had a severe acne which left scars on my face. Also I had chickenpox 2 years back which worsen the situation of my face. How to get rid of these ?

I had a severe acne which left scars on my face. Also I had chickenpox 2 years back which worsen the situation of my face. How to get rid of these ?

Time helps, but: there is no magic Rx for scars. Wash your skin with a gentle cleanser, use acne free moisturizer if skin is dry, and avoid further damage to your skin and darkening of scars with regular use of topical sunscreens. If you have active acne, Accutane is very effective. Sometimes steroid injections or dermabrasion may be helpful, and these would be done by a Dermatologist. ...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