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3 Common Medical Treatments for Removing Acne Scars

Thinking about your options for removing acne scars? If so, you will want to consider these 3 of the most common medical treatments in removing acne scars, including: laser and filler treatments, cortisone and fade creams and dermabrasion.

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Laser and Filler Treatments
If your acne scars don’t fade on their own after several months, then you may want to consider using laser therapy. Depending on which treatment you choose, the laser is used to either stimulate collagen production or to vaporize the scar so that new skin can form in its place.
Book an appointment with your dermatologist to discuss your options and talk about the potential risks and side-effects.
Consider getting fillers. Acne scars can leave permanent indentations in your skin which are impossible to reverse. Filler injections can temporary fill these indentations to help even out the skin’s surface, but need to be repeated every four to six months. Source: wikiHow

Cortisone and Fade Creams
If your scar is red or swollen, use a cortisone cream to calm your skin, says Tina Alster, MD, a Georgetown University professor of dermatology. The cortisone is absorbed by skin cells and reduces inflammation. You can buy skin creams with cortisone without a prescription.
Next, you’ll want to concentrate on lightening any dark areas left from the acne scar.
“Hydroquinone, a popular skin lightener, has recently fallen out of favor and is now being omitted from many fading creams due to irritation and carcinogenic concern,” Alster says. But there are other ingredients in skin creams sold without a prescription that can help lighten your dark spots. Kojic acid (a natural skin lightener derived from mushroom extract), arbutin (also called bearberry extract), and vitamin C (ascorbic acid) are great alternative ingredients to look for in lightening creams, Alster says. Source: WebMD

Dermabrasion
This treatment uses a rotating wire brush or spinning diamond instrument to wear down the surface of the skin. As the skin heals, a new, smoother layer replaces the abraded skin. It may take a bit longer for skin to heal using dermabrasion — usually between 10 days and 3 weeks. Source: KidsHealth

 

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