Are acne & scar treatments medical or cosmetic? Who treats skin of color? (Brown skin)

Acne. Depending on the situation and appearance it could be medical and/or cosmetic, I would suggest seeing a dermatologist as the starting point.
Usu cosmetic. can be difficult to achieve success. plastic surgeon or derm. Any doctor should treat any color although depending on geography experience may vary...

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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...

Can you suggest where I can get best ablative/non ablative laser skin treatment for acne scars?

Research. I am not sure what center is by you but my recommendation is to research places within driving distance of where you live. Get referrals from other physicians you respect and trust or patients. Then, go for a consult and see which laser is best for your needs. Hope this helps. Read more...

Is it true that the laser treatment for acne scars will stimulate the collagen in my skin? What exactly does that do?

Collagen generating. One of the best treatments for acne scarring is fractionated laser. Depending on your skin color, texture and extent of scarring there are different laser options out there. A non-ablative fractionated laser like the fraxel re:store or dual has no real downtime, but requires multiple treatments. A fractionated co2 laser is more aggressive with about a week downtime, but may give faster results. 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...

What are side effects of laser skin resurfacing for acne scars? Should it be avoided for its side effects? Is it considered a cosmetic operation?

It's worth it. Please forgive my frankness. Acne scars are a serious liability especially for a young woman. There's no "right" or "wrong" but this is a fact of life. I'm very sorry that your acne was not treated as it should have been. Be sure you acne is now under control -- your physician can help -- and continue this cosmetic, important procedure, ignoring the scare stories you read online. Read more...
Depends. If the scars are bothering you the laser resurfacing with something like a fractionated co2 laser can help but there is a little downtime . In general a good result is considered 505 reduction of scars and may need several treatments. Side effects include developing infections bacterial , viral and fungal so you have to follow post care instruction. Also scar and pigment changes see a physician. Read more...

I have a lot of acne scars. Black/filipino mix with dark skin. Are there any acne treatments for dark skin?

Tx scars dark skin. Dark spot or hyperpigmentation and scarring from acne can be managed in people with darker skin. I like to use tretinoin to exfoliate, and hydroquinone to lighten (i prefer 4%) as a pretreatment. Scarring can be mild to deep and severe. Fractional ablation for mild scarring, deep scars may require full ablation or excision. Before treating it is important to learn if there is history of keloid. Read more...

Could a acne scar treatment cause discoloration to my facial skin?

Acne scar coloring. When scars are new, they can be pink, red, or other shades. As they age, they generally lighten until they are the color they will remain unless intervention is taken. That is why it is so important to treat scarring early. It is even more important to treat acne early enough so you avoid scarring entirely! Read more...
Yes. People should generally put sunscreen on any scar on the face with an spf of 30 or greater to reduce color changes in the scar for at least 6 months. Read more...
Yes. Acne scar treatment may cause discoloration to your facial skin. Particularly if you have skin of color (fitzpatrick IV to vi), overly aggressive treatment of your acne scar may cause pigmentary changes in your skin. They key is patience as your treatment progresses. Daily use of a broad spectrum spf 30 sunscreen is a must. Read more...