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Q. What would you recommend for red acne scars?

Answered by
Dr. Chaitra Prakash
and medically reviewed by Dr.Nithila A
This is a premium question & answer published on Sep 02, 2019 and last reviewed on: Sep 04, 2019

Hello doctor,

I am very light complected with dark red acne scars that I have had for a few years. I have some acne on my cheeks, but the acne scars are more noticeable. I have combination skin I believe because my forehead tends to be super dry to where it peels, and my nose gets oily. After any cleanser, I use my face gets very dry. Which soap do you recommend and could I use castor oil or coconut oil after for the dryness? I heard they are good face moisturizers. Kindly advice.



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It is essential to avoid oily preparations on the face for acne with combination skin. It tends to develop seborrheic dermatitis. I would not advise any oil for dryness here. It is also advisable to avoid harsh soaps and cleansers. As they remove oil, they can also lead to skin irritation. Acne spots can be reduced by using creams like Biluma at night and sunscreen during the day. Creams do not effectively treat depressed acne scars. You may require chemical peels, micro-needling, or lasers.

Investigations to be done:


Differential diagnosis:

Acne, seborrheic dermatitis.

Treatment plan:

1. Clindamycin gel twice a day for acne.
2. A mild cleanser or soap-like Cetaphil 1-2 times a day
3. Aloe Vera containing moisturizer as required.
4. Oral medicines may be required depending on severity.

Preventive measures:

1. Do not overdo face cleansing.
2. Wet wipes can be used if face washing required more than two times a day.

Regarding follow up:

Would like to see a picture of the acne and scars for further advice.

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