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Can you tell me, are skin lightening creams safe for acne scars?

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Dr. Joel Steckelman
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Yes but not helpful.

In brief: Yes

Yes but not helpful.
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Dr. Ross Blagg
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Safe, yes.

Skin lightening creams such as those with hydroquinone are generally safe to use on the face and can help blend skin that has a splotchy appearance in color. However, the cream is unlikely to help the scarring itself.
That typically requires some sort of resurfacing procedure such as with a laser or dermabrasion. Using products with retin a (tretinoin) can help lightly resurface your skin.

In brief: Safe, yes.

Skin lightening creams such as those with hydroquinone are generally safe to use on the face and can help blend skin that has a splotchy appearance in color. However, the cream is unlikely to help the scarring itself.
That typically requires some sort of resurfacing procedure such as with a laser or dermabrasion. Using products with retin a (tretinoin) can help lightly resurface your skin.
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