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How to Get Rid of a Scar

Whether they came from falling off your bike or having a C-Section, scars are very often a part of life that you just can’t avoid. We’re always looking for products and techniques that will lessen the look of those unwelcome blemishes, so we sat down with some of the best skincare experts in the business to get the skinny on scar care.

Dr. Susan Stuart, Dermatologist, on Acne

What causes acne?: “Acne scars are most often the product of an inflamed lesion, such as a papule, pustule, or cyst. Inflamed blemishes occur when the follicle, or pore, becomes engorged with excess oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria. The pore swells, causing a break in the follicle wall. If the rupture occurs near the skin”s surface, the lesion is usually minor and heals quickly. More serious lesions arise when there is a deep break in the follicle wall. The infected material spills out into the dermis and destroys healthy skin tissue.”

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What do you recomment as the best products and techniques to use?: “Fine and superficial scars may respond to retinoids, which increase collagen production and thicken the dermis. But unfortunately, once scars form, there is very little that products can do to remove them. Shallow or superficial scars may be improved by injection of one”s own fat, or dermal fillers, which add volume to a thinning face. Deeper scars may respond to Fraxel laser resurfacing.”

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