Acne, pimples and blackheads can often leave skin damage referred to as pockmarks. While these marks are usually small, they can diminish your confidence; for this reason, you can undergo treatments to remove or disguise them. These treatments are usually offered only when it's apparent that your skin will not heal itself -- usually 6 to 8 months after the blackhead has disappeared. At this point, you can try a number of solutions.
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Talk to your doctor about how you feel. She may wish to examine a few of the pockmarks to determine their severity. She can then either prescribe treatment or refer you to a dermatologist.
Consult a dermatologist. It's important not to wear any make-up to your appointment so that the doctor can see the true extent of the marks. The dermatologist may prescribe treatment or discuss your condition with your doctor or other medical staff.
Get a glycolic peel, which involves mixing glycolic acid and water in certain concentrations and applying them to your skin to remove the top layer. If your dermatologist offers this service, you should accept, since a dermatologist can use stronger concentrations and get better results.
Inquire about fillers, which are a temporary solution and must be repeated for lasting results. Your dermatologist injects your pockmarks with a filler, such as collagen, to even the mark out. Results are unlikely to last more then a few months at a time, although this depends on your skin type.
Consider a more permanent solution. You can undergo surgery on your pockmarks, although this leaves a scar of its own and is thus suited only to large, noticeable pockmarks. Dermabrasion involves your dermatologist sanding your skin to encourage it to grow back smoother and reduce the appearance of the pockmarks. These methods may not be suitable for you, so discuss your options with your dermatologist.
Visit a skin care technician at a spa or clinic. Talk about the pockmarks and whether your skin is dry, sensitive, or prone to breakouts. The technician can recommend products for daily use and may even have samples for you to try.
Tips and warnings
- If you become depressed by your pockmarks, talk with your doctor. He may suggest more options and a way to manage your feelings.
- Be careful when applying chemicals to your face, and never use a stronger concentration than is recommended.
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