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Q&A: How to get rid of acne around the mouth and acne scars?

One of the best ways to fight acne is by using the advice of an expert acne professional. Dr. Sejal Shah recently responded to a question asked by a teen suffering from acne and acne scars.

How to get rid of acne around the mouth and acne scars?

I am finally starting to see improvements on my skin. I turned 14 two months ago, a boy. I use Cetaphil two times daily and sometimes apply Benzoyl Peroxide or Salicylic Acid to my pimples at night. I am still seeing tiny little bumps that I don't know how to rid and also there is still a lot of little red bumps that aren't really pimples but are still there. I think they may be scars but I'm not sure. How to I get rid of them? Anything to help improve the rate of my pimples leaving? Also I am starting to break out around my mouth. A few weeks ago two pimples came up right next to each other on the left side of my mouth right near the corner. I picked at them (bad, I know) and applied Benzoyl Peroxide but it still has not disappeared! Now they are large and red. I also had a large pimple on my nose that I popped and it hurt a lot and now there is a red brown mark there.

Answer by Dr. Sejal Shah

I understand your skin concerns.  Both the itch and the warmth is normal.  Itching is common because the laser has a dehydrating effect.  Also itch tends to be a normal sensation during the process of wound healing and the laser the does cause some inury to the skin.  The warmth of the area can also be explained by the wound healing.  Laser treatments break the tattoo pigment up  into smaller particles that are then removed by the body’s immune system.  The influx of immune cells into the area followed by proliferation of cells and vessels and vasodilation can cause the skin to feel warm. - Dr. Sejal Shah, Board Certified Dermatologist at Schweiger Dermatology
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