I have had acne since 13 years old, I am now 27.. It has improved a little, but I still have hyperpegmented scars and some comedones. Do u think microdermabrasion or acid peel would give me fast and good results? I don't have quite a high budget. And I was thinking of microdermabrasion, but I would like to know when will I see results? Thank u!
How Many Sessions Would I Need to Remove Hyperpegmentation Due to Old Acne?
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Hyperpigmenation & Comedones
Thank you for your question. Given your situation and budget, I would recommend a prescription strenght skin care program such as Obagi-Nuderm. This would be effective in clearing the hyperpigmentation and controlling the comedones and breakouts. This would be far more cost-effective than dermabrasions or chemical peels. It will take 3-5 months for maximal improvement but you should see improvement within a month if used as directed. Best wishes!
Improving Hyperpigmentation from Acne
This question cannot be answered without seeing you in person or at least seeing photos. There are many at-home treatments including topicals such as RetinA and hydroquinoine as well as office-based treatments such as micro-dermabrasion and chemical peeling which can all improve discoloration secondary to acne. None are going to get rid of the problem in a short time period and require a bit of patience on the part of the patient. I recommend you consult with a board-certified dermatologist so as not to waste your time or your money and hopefully get the results you are looking for safely.
Web reference: http://www.barnettdermatology.com/conditions.php?id=19
Acne scars and pigmentation
On a tight budget I think you should look at getting Retin A or one of its cousins as part of your night time program and look into an exfoliating skin care system for regular daytime use. I like the Clenziderm system made by Obagi which can be used in conjunction with Retin A. Office based procdures which can add to the overall effect would include DermaSweep Epi-Infusion treatments and even an occasional chemical peel such as TheraPlex or The Perfect Peel. All will help and none will break the bank.
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