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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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Topical treatment for acne scars?

Topical treatment for acne scars?

Fading creams: The gold standard for lightening dark marks is hydroquinone. You can purchase fading creams that contain 2-3% hydroquinone without a prescription (ambi, atra, porcelana, nadinola, to name a few). You should also be careful to protect your skin with sunscreen, as sun will make dark marks darker. Stronger prescription fading creams and chemical peels exist. Pitted scars require laser resurfacing. ...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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Acne, and acne scars, is there a homemade solution to getting rid of acne and acne scars?

Acne, and acne scars, is there a homemade solution to getting rid of acne and acne scars?

Time, time & more : Time is your best friend. Avoiding sun exposure and cigarette smoking are great. Onion bulb extract ( allium cepa) may help as well as honey for some active infections but these later two are controversial. ...Read more

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Diagnosis and treatment of acne rosacea?

Diagnosis and treatment of acne rosacea?

Various: See a dermatologist. Best treatment to be determined by exam. Response to treatment and tolerance of treatment are then evaluated, with adjustment if needed. Begin with precise diagnosis. ...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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Acne and pimple treatment?

Acne and pimple treatment?

Acne therapy: If your acne doesn't respond to otc treatments, consider seeing a doctor or dermatologist to get a stronger prescription lotion. Tretinoin (avita, retin-a, others), Adapalene (differin) and tazarotene (tazorac, avage) are examples of topical prescription products derived from vitamin a. They work by promoting cell turnover and preventing plugging . You may also need oral antibiotics like doryx (doxycycline). ...Read more

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Which type of microdermabrasion is better for acne scars?

Which type of microdermabrasion is better for acne scars?

Acne scars: One important factor is prevent new scars-get your acne under control. Find a dermatologist to tackle that with you. Most treatment to improve the appearance of acne scars use special technology to remodel the skin. The device I use to treat acne scars is called ematrix--see for info: http://www.Smacboca.Com/e-matrix-sublative-rejuvenation.Html other options include laser, microderm, or subscision. ...Read more

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What's the fastest/best treatment for acne vulgaris and cystic acne?

What's the fastest/best treatment for acne vulgaris and cystic acne?

Derm consult: If you have cystic acne, you deserve 21st century treatment beyond what even your family doc can provide. A dermatologist will probably place you on one of the vitamin a derivatives; they are unpleasant and somewhat dangerous, you'll need to listen to the instructions carefully, and they work. Life is rough enough without cystic acne. I wish you the best. ...Read more

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What is the most effective scar removal treatment for acne scars?

What is the most effective scar removal treatment for acne scars?

Surgical : Depending upon depth, extent location skin color, skin type, will determine what the best choice is for any individual scar situation. ...Read more

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What can get rid of acne and acne scars?

Acne Scars: Typically your dermatologist will prescribe different topical medications and possibly oral medications depending on the severity of your acne. In order to reduce the appearance of scars, a topical retinoid may be prescribed to help increase the rate of cell turn over. It is extremely important to protect your skin from the sun as this can make acne scars look worse. ...Read more

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Best removal method for pitted acne scars?

Best removal method for pitted acne scars?

Acne scar revision: There are many therapies used in acne scar revision, and none is the best. Your scars will be evaluated and classified. A unified approach with multiple therapies will be outlined. Improvement, not perfection, is the goal. ...Read more

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Can photodynamic therapy (pdt) reduce the looks of acne scars and pigmentation?

Under clinical trial: Photodynamic therapy (pdt) is currently under clinical trials for treatment of severe acne. While initial clinical trials indicate that it may well be an effective treatment for severe acne, the question remains as to whether or not it is actually better than current standard acne treatment regimens. Treatments can spur redness and burning. The concept of pdt altering pigmentation is ancient. ...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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What's the best treatment for acne scars?

What's the best treatment for acne scars?

Acne scars are stubborn, and no single treatment is best for everyone: Various methods may help improve your complexion. Your doctor may suggest one or a combination of these. Home skin care. , Soft tissue fillers. , Laser resurfacing. , Other energy-based procedures. , Dermabrasion. , Chemical peeling. , Needling or rolling. , Surgery. , Botox injections. . To determine what's best for you, discuss the pros and cons of each procedure with your doctor or dermatologist. ...Read more

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What is the greatest treatment for acne scars?

What is the greatest treatment for acne scars?

Many options: Seek evaluation by a reputable facial plastic surgeon or dermatologist. Depending on the depth of the scars, discoloration, presence of active acne, etc there might be different treatment plans recommended. Assuming no active acne, treatment options include peels, laser treatments, dermabrasion, etc. ...Read more

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Is the no7 micro-dermabrasion exfoliator effective for acne and acne scarring?

Microdermabrasion: Over the counter microdermabrasion kits can be helpful for weekly use, but a microdermabrasion performed in office will be the most effective as this also has suction. ...Read more

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What is the best type of laser treatment for acne scars?

Fractional laser: Fraxel and fractional co2 are the best choices. Fractional co2 is the more intense resurfacing laser. I would only recommend it for lighter skin. You do one or two sessions and there is about a week to a week and a half downtime with each session. Results are really good, but some people do not have the option of taking this much time off. Fraxel is less downtime but more sessions. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
2,183 doctors shared insights

Acne (Definition)

A common skin condition that causes red or white raised pimples, especially on the face, chest and back. Caused when the sebaceous glands in the skin ...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