Q. Why is there no improvement in my cystic acne scars, even after three laser sessions?

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Dr. Prathap
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This is a premium question & answer published on Jun 06, 2017 and last reviewed on: Oct 09, 2021

Hi doctor,

I am a student, and I have huge cystic acne scars on my nose. I am getting laser sessions for the same, in a local clinic. But, even after three sessions, my skin shows no difference. Those marks look raised and terrible. Should I discontinue the treatment as it is extremely expensive for me as a student? I am using Tru face wash at night and sunscreen twice a day. I am also using Benzoyl peroxide cream in the evening and Tretinoin cream at night. I also take oral tablets as prescribed by my doctor. 



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  • It is really difficult to get the scars healed with the available treatment options. Laser therapy is costly, and the results with this cannot be guaranteed.
  • Laser therapy is one of the best available modality of treatment. So, if you can bear the cost, then you can continue with it.

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Thank you doctor,

I can bear the cost, but I am having second thoughts because it has not provided sufficient results till now. It still looks the same, and I see new acne rising instead.



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  • The treatment you are using is absolutely correct. The laser therapy will look after the scars only, and it will not reduce the incidence of new acne.
  • In order to decrease the new acne, your doctor has given you topical Tretinoin and Benzoyl peroxide. So, the treatment you are taking is correct.
  • If there are no cost issues, then continue with the same as it is the best available treatment now.

For more information consult an internal medicine physician online -->

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