What should I do with acne scars and white heads?

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hi, i’m a female teenager, aged 16. i have quite afew acne scar which i really hate because its at theplaces where its still visible to others :c tried to cover it up and it works but just hoping if there are any methods to removing them permanently? furthermore, i have a lot of white heads near my mouth area and nose area.. what is whitehead? how to get rid of them? i tried plucking them out but they just grew back quickly ???? hope you’ll help, thankyou ❤️

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Dr. Teo Wan Lin edited answer November 29, 2017

Hi heliumxdaisies,


With regards to your question about acne scarring, it’s best to consider the types of acne scarring there are which you can read about here. There are two main types of acne scars, namely

1. Post-inflammation Hyperpigmentation (dark marks that pimples leave).

2. Dermal scarring, which takes the form of indented scars i.e ice pick and box car type scars.

These are due to abnormalities in the wound healing process, after having a pimple, usually larger acne cysts i.e. the nodulocystic variants of acne, that affects  normal collagen production, leading to an indented atrophic scar rather than an ideal scar which is flat and has the closest resemblance to normal skin as possible.

WHITEHEADS are a form of active acne

My advice is as long as you have active acne, do get it treated by an accredited dermatologist who will advise you safe and effective treatments. All acne, at any stage of one’s life, should be treated and dermatologists never recommend for one to wait to outgrow acne as this can lead to severe scarring and mood changes. Some effective treatments include topical retinoids, chemical peels, microdermabrasion and oral anti-inflammatory antibiotics.

EFFECTIVE Treatments for acne scars exist

However, if you are simply dealing with scars, good news is that there are a few options available such as cosmeceuticals, prescription retinoids, chemical peels (glycolic, lactic and salicylic acid type peels), lasers (1064 qs for post-inflammation hyperpigmentation) and CO2 (fractional resurfacing) or plasma nitrogen resurfacing for deeper dermal acne scars.


Dr. Teo Wan Lin


TWL Specialist Skin & Laser Centre

Dr. Teo Wan Lin edited answer November 29, 2017
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