Is there an effective non-surgical acne scar treatment that I can purchase over-the-counter? I have some light acne scars leftover from my teenage-years that I would like to eliminate or at least fade them. I do not want to have a surgical procedure done

Acne. There are not many options. One product is vitamin c serum. Usually this is a prescription from a doctor. See a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon.
Your . Your options might be determined by your skin coloring, but all sking types will be improved with the use of topical rx tretinoin cream (retin a). It will hydrate and smoot your skin and even out any uneveness of pigmentation. Otherwise do not waste your money on any over the counter medicines, they do not work. Very few other topical rx meds are appropriate. There are at least three kinds of scars: keloid (not you), "box car", and "ice pick". The five most effective treatments are steroid injection, minor surgery (to "release scar from below"), chemical peel, fillers (short term or permanent), and fractional co2 laser resurfacing. You can have close to 100% improvement of your scars if you find the right surgeon or dermatologist that specializes in this issue. Good luck.

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Is there an acne scar treatment that I can use at the same time I am treating my skin for acne? I am 18-years old and I am using a prescribed medication to treat my acne. The medication is working very well, but I want to start using an acne scar treatmen

Depends . Depends what medication you are using and what type of scars you are talking about. If they are hyperpigmented scars, treatment options would include hydroquinone fade creams. If they are red marks, sometimes pulsed dye laser can help. But, if they are depressed scars or ice pick scars, that might require surgery or laser resurfacing. Those patients on Accutane or retin a (tretinoin) also should also avoid treatment of scars during their treatment. I guess you should probably follow up with your dermatologist to discuss. I hope that helps a little. Read more...
Microneedling. This is a great treatment for acne scars and when combined with prp and ppp it works well. Read more...

Will it take more than one laser acne scar treatment to diminish the scars on my face? I am in my late twenties and still have acne scarring left on my face. I want to start having laser treatments done, and I am pretty sure it will take more than one acn

Acne . Acne scars represent tissue loss so you have some serious collagen rebuilding to consider. Multiple treatments are required to achieve a smoother complexion because each treatment causes your collagen producing mechanism to activate. The results are cumulative. It is wise that you are attending to scars earlier rather than later as your youthful "collagen factory" works much better in your younger years. Depending on the severity of your scars, depth and also your ethnicity, you should expect to engage in 4 or more treatments. Ethnicity factors in because darker skin types tend to react to laser treatments with unwanted pigmentation, so your treatment energy levels are someones required to be a bit lower to avoid or minimize that complication. Read more...
Usually more thn one. It usually takes more than one treatment and more than one type of laser in order to accomplish optimum improvement. Read more...

Will it take more than one laser acne scar treatment to diminish the scars on my face? I am in my late twenties and still have acne scarring left on my face. I want to start having laser treatments done, and I am pretty sure it will take more than one acn

Laser . Laser resurfacing can be successful, but does typically take several treatments. It depends the severity of the scarring and the desired results. Perhaps four treatments might be an average, but that really depends. Often, laser treatments are combined with surgical methods if there are "ice-pick" scars. I hope that helps. Read more...
Yes. Generally it takes a few for the effect to really be optimized. They are generally extremely effective treatments though and i anticipate you will be glad you did it. Read more...

What acne scar treatment will work best for ice pick acne scars? I'm 23 and I hope my worst acne days are now over. I prefer to have an acne scar treatment treatment that will be fast and effective to remove this obviouse scarring.

There . There are several treatments to help improve acne scars. One common treatment used to improve the appearance of these acne scars is to do skin resurfacing. Resurfacing involves removing the outer layers of skin cell and then allowing new skin cells to reline the area giving a more smooth appearance. Ice pick scars have a relatively narrow base but are deep making it difficult to remove the surrounding skin cells deep enough to fully improve the scar. In my experience what works best in these situations is to directly excise the ice pick scars (as if you were removing a mole, for example). I usually allow these excision sites to heal and then perform a second stage resurfacing procedure to the affected areas of the face, though (since you were looking for a fast treatment) you don't necessarily have to do a second stage if you are happy with the improvement from the initial excision. Read more...
Acne scars. For deep ice pick scars, the best treatment is excision and suture closure. For more superficial scars, sometimes the scars can be released and fat injected deep to the scar. Frequently the surface can then be improved with laser resurfacing. Read more...

Could a acne scar treatment cause discoloration to my facial skin? I am considering having dermabrasion done to help diminish my acne scars. A friend of mine told me that this type of acne scar treatment can cause the skin to become discolored. Is this tr

Dermabrasion . Dermabrasion does have a risk of leaving discolouration of the skin and the risk is higher if you have dark skin. A safer, and probably more effective treatment would be one of the fractionated lasers, especially the non-ablative lasers (fraxel) if you have dark skin. Read more...
Yes. Most ablative procedures could cause hyper or hypopigmentation. Treatment with platelet rich plasma, depending on what kind of acne scars you have could be a better option with lesser to no risk of hyperpigmentation/hypopigmentation. Read more...
Depends how deep. Dermabrasion is not harmful than using a towel to irritate the skin. All it does is remove the dead skin off the face when done by an esthetician. If done by a physician till you get bleeding than it is very painful and will improve acne and possible cause pigmentation problems. Other modalities may be a better fit for you if you are scared. Microneedling, ipl, prp, lasers, acne creams. Read more...

Could a acne scar treatment cause discoloration to my facial skin? I am considering having dermabrasion done to help diminish my acne scars. A friend of mine told me that this type of acne scar treatment can cause the skin to become discolored. Is this tr

Depending . Depending on your skin type it is true that having dermabrasion can cause the skin to be discolored. Read more...
Scar . Scar dermabrasion does have a chance of leading to an increase or decrease in the pigmentation of the skin. The risk of this happening depends most on how pigmented the skin is to begin with. The darker the skin the higher the risk of this happening. Read more...

I have grade 4 acne and and my face had loads of acne scars. Can u suggest creams to clear them? I don't want laser treatment or surgery

Acne. Treat for acne includes: 1) antibiotics (helps to kill bacteria and reduce inflammation, 2) birth control pills and other medication that help with hormones (can be helpful for women), 3) Isotretinoin (the only treatment that works on all causes of acne. For you i would recommend isotretinoin. Read more...
Acne. Treat for acne includes: 1) antibiotics (helps to kill bacteria and reduce inflammation, 2) birth control pills and other medication that help with hormones (can be helpful for women), 3) Isotretinoin (the only treatment that works on all causes of acne. For you i would recommend isotretinoin. Read more...