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Acne Scar Treatment

A fan on Facebook asked: “Hi Tina! My friend has really bad acne scarring on her cheeks and has tried for 10 years and has spent thousands of dollars on multiple variations of treatments and the scars have not improved much. What do you suggest?”

Thank you for your question. Scarring can be a challenge to correct however in my experience, I have found that the Co2 resurfacing laser works well in most cases. There are certain factors that play a role in treatment such as skin color, depth of scarring, and color of the scar. My recommendation for home care would be Retin A or a Retinol, this will help improve texture and stimulate collagen & elasticity. I would love to do a free consult with your friend if she is in Denver. If she’s interested have her call the Center for Advanced Dermatology to make an appointment.

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Vitamin E topically?

A fan on Facebook asked: “Hi Tina! I have always heard that putting Vitamin E topically on scars and blemishes can help fade and heal them. Is this true? Thanks!”

GREAT question. I was taught for many years that Vitamin E can help reduce scarring, however studies now show that’s not true. Vitamin E isn’t horrible, but some studies do demonstrate vitamin E may cause skin irritation which can worsen scarring.

There are many products out there specifically made to help heal and prevent scarring. I think one of the best ways to prevent, reduce, or minimize scars is to use Silicon gel sheeting. Putting a sheet of silicon gel on a scar every day may help it fade or keep it from getting worse. The sheeting is available at pharmacies or from dermatologists.

Florida dermatologist Andrea Cambio, MD, says gel sheeting should be used for at least three months for best results. Cleaning out a fresh cut or scrape is important. Soothe and clean the wound with cool water. Then remove any pebbles or splinters with alcohol-sterilized tweezers. Gently wash around the wound with soap and a washcloth. Irritants such as harsh soap, hydrogen peroxide, iodine, and alcohol aren’t good for cleaning minor wounds. In fact, these substances can actually delay healing.

Keep it covered. Covering your cut or scrape helps it heal by barring bacteria, dirt, and other irritants. It also helps keep the wound moist for the first few days, which speeds healing. You can use an antibiotic cream or ointment to help keep your wound clean and moist. Keeping the wound covered and moist helps reduce the appearance of scars.

Don’t pick at scabs. Right after you get a cut or scrape, or even pick a pimple, your body starts healing the wound. White blood cells attack infection-causing bacteria. Red blood cells, fibrin, and platelets create a clot over your wound. And in no time, a scab forms. If you pick off the scab, you may not only reopen the wound and introduce bacteria, you could also create a larger scar. Once a wound is healed there are lasers available to help reduce redness however I would recommend waiting at least 6-12 months before treating with a laser.

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