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Acne Scars


Meddling with acne is a surefire way to increase the likelihood of leaving a scar. Don't pick or squeeze!

Product treatments: Makeup can cover acne scars, but it won't cure them. Creams and serums containing Retin-A, alpha-hydroxy acid, and beta-hydroxy acid can speed up the healing process and potentially prevent scarring.

If topical solutions aren't enough, biologic and synthetic fillers, including autologous fat, bovine collagen, collagen, and hyaluronic acid injections can plump up depressed scars by amplifying the skin and evening out the surface. Fillers, though, are not a permanent solution.

Medium depth chemical peels, such as TCA peels, Jessner's solution, and glycolic peels, resurface the skin using concentrated acid to remove the top layers. By damaging the scar tissue in a controlled manner, the skin is forced to grow back smoother, tighter, and therefore improved.