Getting rid of acne scars

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Monday, May 12, 2014

DEAR Dr. Fritz,

I hope you have a good day. I've been following your column for quite sometime now. But, I feel I need to ask from you since I have a problem which has been bugging me all this time. I am writing you in the hope that you can help me with my acne scars. It is so frustrating to see them everyday in the mirror. What should I do? I know that seeing a dermatologist can help me. But, the problem is, the money issues. I hope you can give me some cheaper way to get out of this problem.

Thanks for your help. God bless and more power.


Flamingo Love

Dear Flamingo Love,

I understand how you feel. Scars in our body don't even feel right. How much more with scars in our face?? We face the world everyday with our face and when we look at the mirror everyday, it is our face we see - not our back, nor our legs. But, don't fret as there is still hope as much as you are still alive and kicking.

I really don't know how deep your scars are. Now, depending on the depth and severity of your scars, there are different treatment choices you can take a look. I just hope you have no superficial acne scars or else, you must need some fortune for your face to get it renewed deep down.

If you have superficial acne scars, then, simple regular exfoliation can help your problem. You just have to gently and consistently scrub your face and other areas of your face affected with scrubbing cleansers. Pat your skin dry after. Follow it up with application of hypoallergenic moisturizer which encourages the formation of collagen.

Now, if you have the more stubborn superficial scars, there are facial peels that can help you. These are known as microdermabrasion kits which are more aggressive in removing the top layer of the skin. However, you should allow your skin to heal and you should not do it every now and then. Use hypoallergenic moisturizers in the morning and evening to assist the healing process and furnish the collagen needed for the skin repair.

But, if your scars are too deep, then, you might need a professional dermabrasion from your dermatologist. Since the procedure is quite painful, you would be given some anesthesia. The healing time usually takes four to eight weeks. During this time, the skin is raw and red, so, you might be conscious. Better schedule this during the holidays. You should also avoid sun exposure as your skin is still healing.
Since there are still a lot to talk about regarding your acne scar issues, please allow me to talk more about this in my next issue as we are running out of space right now. Until then!

Dr. Fritz

(For your questions, you may send them to Dear Dr. Fritz, c/o Sunstar-Davao Publishing Inc., Ebro-Pelayo Building, Jacinto St., Davao City, (former Department of Foreign Affairs office), across Ateneo de Davao University and beside Holy Child School of Davao, or you e-mail them to Sorry but we cannot answer all your questions. Thank you for your understanding.)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 13, 2014.


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