How can I get rid of the acne scars left from popping pimples? (Photo)
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Treatment for Acne and Acne Scars
Scars from popping pimples
I would recommend that you see a board certified dermatologist. First you need to have your acne under control and I would suggest Accutane. The redness can be fixed with the V-Beam laser and the scars will need many sessions of lasers such as Fraxel or eMatrix but you need to wait at least 6 months or more depending on the laser for such treatment. Please consult a specialist. Best, Dr. Green
Treat acne first
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Having said that, I recommend you get a consultation with a physician and get started on a skin care regimen. You need to be supervised until the active acne is gone. Yes, I said gone. Skin care, topical antibacterials, vitamin A derivatives, oral antibiotics, lasers, peels, and finally if appropriate accutane. I have not listed all the medications because there are too many. A good physician would be able to guide you through the maze. As a physician you do not know exactly what will work. You need to have a base level of skin care and try different things until you find something that gets rid of the acne.
For the scarring part, you can do chemical peels, micropen and FRAXEL treatments. For staining of the skin (redness or hyperpigmentation), there are topical products that can be used.
Some of the above treatments can help even with the "pock marks" but sometimes you have to fill those areas with HA fillers or Bellafill.
Control of acne, steroid injections to cysts, revise scars.
The majority of patients will have a collection of different scar types, and hence a tailored treatment METHOD will be best. Careful examination, especially under angled lighting with scar mapping will give you an understanding of what are the best options for your scars. In your case control of your acne is the first step. It looks like you can also benefit from a few injections to some cysts. Once this is under control, we can take steps forward to treat the residual scars.
All the best,
Dr Davin Lim
Laser, surgical & aesthetic dermatologist
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