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I'm 16 and I'm past accutane. I just got this pimple on my face one day, and I popped it and got pus. It started to scab, then for some reason I put neosporin on it and it only made it a pimple again. I then used oxy medication and it has been there for months now with no results. I do not want this on my face the rest of my life, so should I go see a dermatologist or how do I treat it?

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Red mark that will go away witih 6-12 months.

You can exfoliate to speed up the procces(retin-a/differin 0.1 + AHA 8-12% daily use) it should go away in 4 months if you do this

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Red mark that will go away witih 6-12 months.

You can exfoliate to speed up the procces(retin-a/differin 0.1 + AHA 8-12% daily use) it should go away in 4 months if you do this

Are you sure about this? It's already been 3 and no progress has been made.

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Is it indented, or just discoloured? If it's indented then it could be a scar but it really is too early to tell as your body needs time to create collagen to plump it up again.

If it's just red, and persistent, then it's not actually a scar but pigment changes, an "acne mark". It's normal for a mark to be red and it's normal for these to take a long time to fade. It will fade naturally but everyone is different as to how long it will take. Months, or even a few years for it to fade completely, we're all different.

The Retin-A will help turn your skin over and speed up the process, but may be a bit drastic/harsh for you considering you only have the one spot. I suggest getting into a good routine of using a good facial scrub twice to three times a week to speed things up. And, during the day always wear sunscreen. That's a must!


My Skin Care Regime


** Morning **

1. DermaQuest C3 Cleanser

2. DermaQuest Niacinamide B3 serum

3. DermaQuest C3 serum (Vitamin C)

4. DermaQuest Stem Cell 3D Daily Moisturiser (tinted) SPF 15 or

DermaQuest Daily Moisturising Lotion SPF 15 (on weekends)

** Makeup **

1. DermaQuest DermaPerfection Primer

2. Dermablend Smooth Indulgence Foundation SPF 15

3. Dermablend Setting Powder


** Night **

1. DermaQuest C3 Cleanser

2. DermaQuest Algae Facial Scrub (every second night)

3. DermaQuest Niacinamide B3 serum

4. DermaQuest Retexture serum (Vitamin A) (every second night)

5. DermaQuest Skin Rehydrating Serum (every other night)

6. DermaQuest Clarifying Pads (5% salicylic acid) (for my biggest acne prone areas)

7. DermaQuest DermaClear TX (for acne spots)

8. Swisse Ultiboost Hair Skin and Nails (vitamin supplement)


*** Current Treatment Plan ***

2010-2011: 5 x Fraxel Re:Store sessions - maybe 10-15% improvement.

2012-2013: 5 x Dermaroller sessions - at least 70% improvement!

2013: One eDermastamp treatment down, one more to go in Oct!


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Yes I'm sure , I partially agree with Quirky Fox , because red marks that are left by a pimple are usualy red because of the good intention of body to heal that blemsih,but after 1 year of having a red mark it's considered a scar , so 1 year is the maximum time to naturally fade ,after 1 year of having a red mark you should consider laser tratment or peels with AHA of higher concentration (40%).

I said I partially agree because I've never seen a red marks last for more than 1 year

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Red/purple/brown marks left behind by acne are not scars. It's a common misconception. I'd be interested to know where you got the idea that "after 1 year of having a red mark it's considered a scar" because this is incorrect.

If the spot is flat but discoloured it is known as a post acne mark or macule, and it will most likely fade on its own in time but it can take more than one year as everyone is different. Treatment options are out there to help speed up the process.

Real acne scars are indented or raised and unfortunately, usually permanent.


My Skin Care Regime


** Morning **

1. DermaQuest C3 Cleanser

2. DermaQuest Niacinamide B3 serum

3. DermaQuest C3 serum (Vitamin C)

4. DermaQuest Stem Cell 3D Daily Moisturiser (tinted) SPF 15 or

DermaQuest Daily Moisturising Lotion SPF 15 (on weekends)

** Makeup **

1. DermaQuest DermaPerfection Primer

2. Dermablend Smooth Indulgence Foundation SPF 15

3. Dermablend Setting Powder


** Night **

1. DermaQuest C3 Cleanser

2. DermaQuest Algae Facial Scrub (every second night)

3. DermaQuest Niacinamide B3 serum

4. DermaQuest Retexture serum (Vitamin A) (every second night)

5. DermaQuest Skin Rehydrating Serum (every other night)

6. DermaQuest Clarifying Pads (5% salicylic acid) (for my biggest acne prone areas)

7. DermaQuest DermaClear TX (for acne spots)

8. Swisse Ultiboost Hair Skin and Nails (vitamin supplement)


*** Current Treatment Plan ***

2010-2011: 5 x Fraxel Re:Store sessions - maybe 10-15% improvement.

2012-2013: 5 x Dermaroller sessions - at least 70% improvement!

2013: One eDermastamp treatment down, one more to go in Oct!


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Any other options besides Retin-A? I don't really know what that is. I've been putting BP on it for months and I've gotten 0 results. I'm pretty sure it's just discolored, but I really want this thing to go away quickly.

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BP will do nothing. It's not an active pimple so don't waste your products. Patience and something to speed skin turn-over is your best bet. If you don't want to go with the Retin-A route then try light scrubs every second night whilst in the shower. Find a scrub that suited to acne skin but is gentle at the same time.


My Skin Care Regime


** Morning **

1. DermaQuest C3 Cleanser

2. DermaQuest Niacinamide B3 serum

3. DermaQuest C3 serum (Vitamin C)

4. DermaQuest Stem Cell 3D Daily Moisturiser (tinted) SPF 15 or

DermaQuest Daily Moisturising Lotion SPF 15 (on weekends)

** Makeup **

1. DermaQuest DermaPerfection Primer

2. Dermablend Smooth Indulgence Foundation SPF 15

3. Dermablend Setting Powder


** Night **

1. DermaQuest C3 Cleanser

2. DermaQuest Algae Facial Scrub (every second night)

3. DermaQuest Niacinamide B3 serum

4. DermaQuest Retexture serum (Vitamin A) (every second night)

5. DermaQuest Skin Rehydrating Serum (every other night)

6. DermaQuest Clarifying Pads (5% salicylic acid) (for my biggest acne prone areas)

7. DermaQuest DermaClear TX (for acne spots)

8. Swisse Ultiboost Hair Skin and Nails (vitamin supplement)


*** Current Treatment Plan ***

2010-2011: 5 x Fraxel Re:Store sessions - maybe 10-15% improvement.

2012-2013: 5 x Dermaroller sessions - at least 70% improvement!

2013: One eDermastamp treatment down, one more to go in Oct!


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dude you are fine... seriously? is that a joke. have you seen what other people are dealin with? not trying to sound like an ass but that is NOTHING...

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I agree bro if was him I wouldn't even put anything i will just let it heal on its own.

dude you are fine... seriously? is that a joke. have you seen what other people are dealin with? not trying to sound like an ass but that is NOTHING...

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I just want it to go away, I'm not comparing myself to anybody. My mom had some Retin-A 0.05% already. Will that work? And what time of the day should I apply it? Or should I apply it more than once?

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It might work but be aware of an initial breakout.

I just want it to go away, I'm not comparing myself to anybody. My mom had some Retin-A 0.05% already. Will that work? And what time of the day should I apply it? Or should I apply it more than once?

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I just want it to go away, I'm not comparing myself to anybody. My mom had some Retin-A 0.05% already. Will that work? And what time of the day should I apply it? Or should I apply it more than once?

No, just once a day and my advice is at night. :)


My Skin Care Regime


** Morning **

1. DermaQuest C3 Cleanser

2. DermaQuest Niacinamide B3 serum

3. DermaQuest C3 serum (Vitamin C)

4. DermaQuest Stem Cell 3D Daily Moisturiser (tinted) SPF 15 or

DermaQuest Daily Moisturising Lotion SPF 15 (on weekends)

** Makeup **

1. DermaQuest DermaPerfection Primer

2. Dermablend Smooth Indulgence Foundation SPF 15

3. Dermablend Setting Powder


** Night **

1. DermaQuest C3 Cleanser

2. DermaQuest Algae Facial Scrub (every second night)

3. DermaQuest Niacinamide B3 serum

4. DermaQuest Retexture serum (Vitamin A) (every second night)

5. DermaQuest Skin Rehydrating Serum (every other night)

6. DermaQuest Clarifying Pads (5% salicylic acid) (for my biggest acne prone areas)

7. DermaQuest DermaClear TX (for acne spots)

8. Swisse Ultiboost Hair Skin and Nails (vitamin supplement)


*** Current Treatment Plan ***

2010-2011: 5 x Fraxel Re:Store sessions - maybe 10-15% improvement.

2012-2013: 5 x Dermaroller sessions - at least 70% improvement!

2013: One eDermastamp treatment down, one more to go in Oct!


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Hey c'mon now. Give the guy a break. It may be absolutely nothing to you or I (i.e. people dealing with actual scarring) but it obviously bothers him.


My Skin Care Regime


** Morning **

1. DermaQuest C3 Cleanser

2. DermaQuest Niacinamide B3 serum

3. DermaQuest C3 serum (Vitamin C)

4. DermaQuest Stem Cell 3D Daily Moisturiser (tinted) SPF 15 or

DermaQuest Daily Moisturising Lotion SPF 15 (on weekends)

** Makeup **

1. DermaQuest DermaPerfection Primer

2. Dermablend Smooth Indulgence Foundation SPF 15

3. Dermablend Setting Powder


** Night **

1. DermaQuest C3 Cleanser

2. DermaQuest Algae Facial Scrub (every second night)

3. DermaQuest Niacinamide B3 serum

4. DermaQuest Retexture serum (Vitamin A) (every second night)

5. DermaQuest Skin Rehydrating Serum (every other night)

6. DermaQuest Clarifying Pads (5% salicylic acid) (for my biggest acne prone areas)

7. DermaQuest DermaClear TX (for acne spots)

8. Swisse Ultiboost Hair Skin and Nails (vitamin supplement)


*** Current Treatment Plan ***

2010-2011: 5 x Fraxel Re:Store sessions - maybe 10-15% improvement.

2012-2013: 5 x Dermaroller sessions - at least 70% improvement!

2013: One eDermastamp treatment down, one more to go in Oct!


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