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Dr. Ed Friedlander
2,095 doctors shared insights

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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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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What is the best treatment for acne scars?

What is the best treatment for acne scars?

Type dependent: If shallow, crater-like scars, use of mechanical dermabrasion is probably most effective. Use of lasers, chemical peels or punch/excisions are optional. Most difficult to treat are the "ice-pick" variety, which may end up looking like enlarged pores regardless of the therapy provided. Proper skin care and avoidance of acne infections is the best....Do not squeeze or pick such lesions if active. ...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 there a permanent treatment for acne scars?

Is there a permanent treatment for acne scars?

Yes: The most permanent way to treat acne scars is using a laser such as the fractionated co2 laser or fraxel re:store laser. These laser treatments have become very popular due to their efficacy when performed by an experienced board certified dermatologist. In the past chemical peels have also been used with varying success and traditional dermabrasion as well, but this has fallen out of favor. ...Read more

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Is there any laser treatment for acne scars?

Is there any laser treatment for acne scars?

Many: There are many lasers: noninvasive and invasive. Noninvasive lasers help with discolorations (ipl, ktp, nd:yag, alex, ruby, pulsed dye, diode) or collagen remodeling (thermage, titan). Invasive lasers include co2, fractional co2 (activefx, deepfx, totalfx, repair), erbium, fraxel, ematrix. ...Read more

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Have you had laser treatment for acne scars?

Many: It is a common treatment. The co2 fractionated laser is very commonly used for acne scars and does a beautiful job. It entails downtime and requires that you follow instructions carefully. ...Read more

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How long would laser treatment for acne scars take?

How long would laser treatment for acne scars take?

About an hour: Laser resurfacing for acne scarring usually takes about an hour and in my practice is done with a twilight anesthesia. It will be about ten to fourteen days before a patient will be able to apply makeup. ...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


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