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