I'm wondering about treatment for moderate acne marks. Any suggestions? (photo)

hi i have had with acne scars and marks for years now being olive skin the seem to be quite dark in the photo the marks are shown on my chin and up the side of my face im just hoping for good advice to get rid of the marks

Doctor Answers 6

More than ONE Way To Rid Acne Discolorations

Not unlike many treatment solutions , we advise a combination of therapies to best treat acne scars and discolorations as well as controlling active acne outbreaks.  Many topical products used correctly can help to minimize the unsightly discolorations and help improve the skin texture. These include a salicylic acid wash ad toning to balance the skin's oiliness and  gentle daily scrubs for skin activation. We always suggest a Retin A or retinol product to help increase the rate of cellular turnover. You should see improvement in 8 weeks or less if you are consistent! IPL lasers, microneedling and a salicylic acid peels are also great treatments to reduce the "marks" and improve the skin's texture.

San Juan Capistrano Physician
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Treatment for acne marks

There are multiple treatments that can be used to treat acne scars. The first step would be to make an appointment/ consult with your Dermatologist so that both of you can decide which treatment works best for you. Pulse dye laser treatments can be performed once a month to help treat the redness of acne scars or the Sublative elos radiofrequency could be an option for treating the texture. There are also brightening skin creams that can be used at home. 

Stay Skintastic  

Sandra M. Johnson, MD
Fort Smith Dermatologist
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Hyperpigmentation and acne

Hyperpigmentation, which is the result of chronic breakouts on a dark skin tone, can be best minimized by a topical regimen including a retinoid as well as a lightening agent. Additionally a series of chemical peels would be helpful. Of course sunscreen has to be applied daily for best results.

Joshua L. Fox, MD
Long Island Dermatologic Surgeon
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Options for light acne scars

I would begin with an effective and simple approach which includes pulsed dye laser, Melarase creams for lightening the skin, and chemical peels to help reduce the moderate acne scarring. 

DR. Karamanoukian 
Los Angeles

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Acne Scarring -- Requires a Combination of Fractional Laser Resurfacing, Fillers Like Bellafill, Subcision and Eclipse Micropen

You need a cosmetic dermatologist who specializes in acne scarring/pigmentation and does a combination of treatments including: surgery, subcision, or TCA cross for deep or pitted "ice pick" scars; fillers like Bellafill or Sculptra or Radiesse for broad "boxcar" or "rolling" scars; Eclipse Micropen for all types of scars and improvement in texture and tone; lasers such as co2 laser resurfacing or Fraxel/Clear+Brilliant or radiofrequency such as Sublative or Viva to improve the scars and give long term collagen production. There are many options but you want someone who can customize a regimen for your short and long term goals based on your individual situation. Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Acne Scars – Combination of Treatments Needed

The best treatment for acne scars depends upon an individual’s skin type, age, ethnicity, sun exposure, overall health and most importantly, the type of acne scars present (ice pick scars, boxcar scars, rolling scars, hypertrophic scars and variable degrees of hyperpigmentation). In order to give you an accurate treatment plan, a consultation is required to properly assess your skin.

An important step for all skin types is sun protection including the use of daily sunscreen, sun hats and sunglasses, all of which help prevent aging and sunburns. 

When it comes to acne scar treatments, a combination of treatments are available including cosmeceuticals (medical grade skin care products specific for acne including ZO® Skin Health or ZO® Medical, Skinceuticals® or Glo-Minerals®), advanced laser resurfacing procedures (CO2 laser, Er:YAG laser, Fraxel DUAL®, PicoSure® FOCUS Lens Array), chemical peels (light, medium, deep including the blue peel), dermabrasion, augmentation/fillers, excision and/or subcision, punch techniques, microneedling/rolling, injections (corticosteroids, interferon, 5-FU), cryosurgery, electrodesiccation and microdermabrasion. 

These are advanced techniques so be sure to get an experienced dermatologist or plastic surgeon consultation for recommendations and treatment options.

Alim R. Devani, MD, FRCPC
Calgary Dermatologist
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