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Are acne & scar treatments medical or cosmetic? Who treats skin of color? (Brown skin)

Are acne & scar treatments medical or cosmetic? Who treats skin of color? (Brown skin)

Acne: Depending on the situation and appearance it could be medical and/or cosmetic, I would suggest seeing a dermatologist as the starting point. ...Read more

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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


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I have a lot of acne scars. Black/filipino mix with dark skin. Are there any acne treatments for dark skin?

I have a lot of acne scars. Black/filipino mix with dark skin. Are there any acne treatments for dark skin?

Tx scars dark skin: Dark spot or hyperpigmentation and scarring from acne can be managed in people with darker skin. I like to use tretinoin to exfoliate, and hydroquinone to lighten (i prefer 4%) as a pretreatment. Scarring can be mild to deep and severe. Fractional ablation for mild scarring, deep scars may require full ablation or excision. Before treating it is important to learn if there is history of keloid. ...Read more

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Could a acne scar treatment cause discoloration to my facial skin?

Yes: People should generally put sunscreen on any scar on the face with an spf of 30 or greater to reduce color changes in the scar for at least 6 months. ...Read more

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I am having low to moderate acne on my face & back. With rown complexion & some acne scars. Please advice medicines & topical treatment for fair skin?

I am having low to moderate acne on my face & back. With rown complexion & some acne scars.
Please advice medicines & topical treatment for fair skin?

Get real Rx: If it's on your back, you'll probably need both topical treatment (consider benzoyl peroxide plus topical clindamycin, perhaps with a retinoic acid derivative), plus a sytemic antibiotic or one of the big guns that only a dermatologist can write for. Some acne scars give a man character, but this should be a choice; this is the 21st century & all acne can be managed scientifically. ...Read more

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Can you suggest where i can get best ablative/non ablative laser skin treatment for acne scars?

Can you suggest where i can get best ablative/non ablative laser skin treatment for acne scars?

Research: I am not sure what center is by you but my recommendation is to research places within driving distance of where you live. Get referrals from other physicians you respect and trust or patients. Then, go for a consult and see which laser is best for your needs. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is it true that the laser treatment for acne scars will stimulate the collagen in my skin? What exactly does that do?

Is it true that the laser treatment for acne scars will stimulate the collagen in my skin? What exactly does that do?

Collagen generating: One of the best treatments for acne scarring is fractionated laser. Depending on your skin color, texture and extent of scarring there are different laser options out there. A non-ablative fractionated laser like the fraxel re:store or dual has no real downtime, but requires multiple treatments. A fractionated co2 laser is more aggressive with about a week downtime, but may give faster results. ...Read more

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I completed acutane treatment. Now I have red spots on my skin. Not acne scars. Solutions?

I completed acutane treatment. Now I have red spots on my skin. Not acne scars. Solutions?

Time is important: When you are on accutaine you are more prone to complications of peels laser burns etc. I would advise you to show your dermatologist who wrote for the accutaine and avoid any peels or laser therapy for a good 6 months to a year! it may just be from the accutaine and resolve in the next months. ...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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Are there any minor skin treatments i can do for my acne scars after taking Accutane ? I have a wedding to go to and its in 4 months, please anything?

Are there any minor skin treatments i can do for my acne scars after taking Accutane ? I have a wedding to go to and its in 4 months, please anything?

Risk of scarring: By being on Accutane or vitamin a, you run the risk of getting scars from any treatment. So be gentle. Over the counter microdermabrasion devices and treatments are available and are relatively safe, but you should consult the doctor who put you on Accutane before doing any self-treatment. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Infection: Check with your private dermatologist.This sound like recurrence of small glutral abscesses leaving hard painful scars- or in fact, ongoing abscess formation. Must be visualized for diagnosis. ...Read more

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What type of rejuvenation skin treatment will eliminate the acne scars on my face? I have deep acne scars on my cheeks. I've looked into the available rejuvenation skin treatments, but i can't decide what method offers me the best possible result. What ty

What type of rejuvenation skin treatment will eliminate the acne scars on my face? I have deep acne scars on my cheeks. I've looked into the available rejuvenation skin treatments, but i can't decide what method offers me the best possible result. What ty

Acne scar treatment: Depending on your skin type, CO2 fractional resurfacing or similar can be beneficial for improving acne scarring. Now there are very promising improvements seen with INFINI bipolar microneedling fractional radiofrequency with and without Bellafill injections into residual scars. Check your area for doctors who offer INFINI treatments. ...Read more

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Which is a more effective treatment for acne scars: chemical peeling or laser skin resurfacing?

Which is a more effective treatment for acne scars: chemical peeling or laser skin resurfacing?

Laser resurfacing: Laser is more effective overall. By using different lasers and laser techniques the depth of surface removed can be finely controlled for optimal response and result. No method is 100% successful. ...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 laser light therapy for acne scars good on teenage skin?

Is laser light therapy for acne scars good on teenage skin?

Yes for some scars: In our experience it has been useful for either atrophic acne scars and some of the red elevated scars. We have used both the pulsed dye laser and the fractional co2 laser on selected patients with good results. ...Read more

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What are some treatments for acne scars?

What are some treatments for acne scars?

So many possible: Choices: chem peel laser abrasion fillers fraxel pixel excision face lift dermabrasion. ...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