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Back scarring from scab picking

I pick my zits and scabs. About 3 years ago, my picking migrated to my back and because it was less visible, I picked often. I have many small scars across my back. One on my shoulder became a mole, and some scabs are now discoloured, but healed. I am worried about three regions of smooth red bumps (hypertrophic scars?). Can my scars be treated? Which treatment should I use on each different type of scar? How do I prevent scarring if I relapse?

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Dark scars on the back - Melarase creams

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Dark scars respond well to Melarase PM creams to combat dark discoloration of the skin. Use the cream at least twice daily to improve color.


Raffy Karamanoukian MD FACS


Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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