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Treat Red Acne Scars
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.
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
How are red, smooth acne scars (marks?) formed and how can they be treated, seeing as they are not forms of hyperpigmentation. ?
Acne Scars: Acne scars may be pitted, pigmented, or red (vascular). Scars from injury or surgery may be red as well. In my practice, i treat redness in scars with broad band light, a form of ipl that closes down the capillaries in the red area, decreasing the red color. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Redness and Acne: There's a lot to go over with this history. Redness and acne scars likely means you have sensitive skin. You might be going through some hormonal changes as well. You should book an appt with me and i guarantee you i will be able to help you with your skin, one of my special interests. Dr. Y. Pirani ...Read more
I pipped an acne 9 months ago, the dermato gave me bnzamycin now the acne scar :the hole is smaller but the redness persist! will the redness go away?
It should: See your dermatologist if it has not resolved and may still be inflamed for possible further medical therapy. ...Read more
Any possible way to reduce facial flushing/redness after a shower ? What about redness on cheeks from acne scar during a normal day?
Facial flush. Acne: Try reducing the heat in your shower water. The redness in your cheeks can be reduced longterm with a treatment like ipl (intense pulsed light) or nd:yag laser. The most effective treatment for you can be determined after consultation with a facial cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Facial Acne Scars: The acne should be under good control without any active acne lesions prior to treatment of scars. Acne scars may be improved by dermabrasion, laser treatments or surgical scar revision depending on the type of scar. Consult with a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon to learn about options. ...Read more
Acne scar treatment: For shallow acne scarring, dermabrasion and co2 lasers can help smooth the skin. For deeper scarring, excision of the scars followed by closure with stitches is usually required. If redness is secondary to an acne outbreak, treating the outbreak should resolve it. For chronic redness, first see a dermatologist as you may have a treatable rash. Otherwise, hydroquinone cream can lighten the skin. ...Read more
Forever Present: A scar forms when there is healing of an injury to the tissues. Remember that with almost all wounds, healing continues for months and months as we change the stress on the tissues. A scar forms as a result and may have many different appearances and colors. Any dark coloration may fade over time but the tissues never are the same and so some scarring will always be there. ...Read more
Would Mederma be effective for fading the redness of an acne scar ? Just the discoloration of the scar, would it be helpful ?
Mederma: No good scientific studies show benefit from mederma. I don't recommend it to my patients. Redness from inflammation or scar healing will go away on its own as long as the source of inflammation is gone. I recommend sun block for acute redness to prevent permanent discoloration. Bleaching creams or lasers can be used for chronic discoloration. Best to ask your dermatologist or plastic surgeon. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers