Hyperpigmented scars left over from acne on my face arms & back. What is the best treatment? (Photos)

I have had these hyperpigmented scars for years and really want a solution. Realistically, I expect to be told that they'll never fully go away. But I thought I should at least take the steps to ask. All I really do to treat it is exfoliate, but that hasn't worked. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks

Doctor Answers 3

Dark discoloration on the skin

Dark discoloration scars can be treated with Plato's Scar Serum, light chemical peels, Melarase PM, and Melapads to lighten the discoloration. 

Dr. Karamanoukian
Los Angeles

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 94 reviews

Acne Scarring -- Requires a Combination of Fractional Laser Resurfacing, Fillers Like Bellafill, Subcision and Eclipse Micropen

Acne scarring can be treated with a combination approach of lasers (Vbeam for darker skin tones), peels, skin care, microneedling and fillers. I suggest consulting with an experienced cosmetic dermatologist. Unfortunately there is no way to determine pricing without an in person consultation. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 196 reviews

Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation

Thanks for your question-
You would do very well to combine the ZO Medical Kit below along with use of Retin-A at night, starting with only 3 nights per week. There are prescription components in the system so you will need to find a doctor's office that carries this line. This would be for your face. For your body they make a product called Brightamax. You can go to the ZO Skinhealth Website and use the Find a Doctor feature to see who near you carries the products. THe non prescription ones can be obtained online but you really need the Melamix, Melamin and Retin A and those are Rx only. 
Lisa Vuich, MD
Prescription only.

ZO® Multi-Therapy Hydroquinone System - RX
An all-encompassing system formulated to help treat hyperpigmentation, severe texture damage, sun damage and general skin health restoration.
Melamin™ Skin Bleaching & Correcting Crème – Net Wt. 32 g / 1.12 Oz.
Glycogent™ Exfoliationg Accelerator, 10% Concentration – 30 mL / 1 Fl. Oz.
Melamix™ Skin Lightener & Blending Crème – Net Wt. 32 g / 1.12 Oz.
Ossential® Daily Power Defense – 30 mL / 1 Fl. Oz.
Oclipse-C™ Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50 – Net Wt. 60 g / 2 Oz.
  • Treats moderate to severe hyperpigmentation, especially melasma
  • Treats severely dry, dull, rough and leathery textured skin to help restore a smooth, healthy glow
  • Great to use as pre/post procedure skin conditioning to help maintain results longer
  • Helps improve overall appearance and quality of skin

Lisa Vuich, MD
Nashua Physician
4.7 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

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