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Old 07-01-2008, 10:03 PM   #1
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what do acne scars look like? read/on

My doc says that I have inflammatory acne. I'm not really educated about the different types of acne so I'm hoping one of you guys can help me out. I never have acne with blood or puss in it. I don't get bumps that have to be popped. My acne is flat and pink/red. New bumps hardly ever form so I'm starting to wonder if what I have is acne scars. I always thought acne scars were pits or brown and I don't have that. My face is covered in flat pink/red marks. Are these acne scars or is it just inflammatory acne? Can somebody please explain and help me out.

 
Old 07-02-2008, 09:57 PM   #2
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Re: what do acne scars look like? read/on

Acne scars are formed by pustules. So, if you almost never have that form of pimple, you wouldn't have scaring. Your description sounds familiar though. Do you have Rosacea?

[url]http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/rosacea.html[/url]

The above webpage as a link to pics of what Rosacea looks like, if that helps.

Here's their description: "Rosacea, sometimes called adult acne, is a chronic inflammation of the face of unknown cause and without a permanent cure. Four different types of rosacea have been described:

"Red face" rosacea, with a tendency to face flushing (or blushing), which can progress to a persistent redness of the nose or central face

"Acne"-like bumps and/or pus-filled lesions (papulopustular rosacea), with or without a red face or flushing

Rhinophyma – slow enlargement of oil glands and skin thickening of the nose and sometimes other facial areas, usually in men

Eye problems (ocular rosacea), which may occur before skin changes – a burning or gritty feeling may be present as well as reddening of the eyes and lids."

 
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Old 07-02-2008, 10:35 PM   #3
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Re: what do acne scars look like? read/on

There are many forms of acne and you happen to have the red bumps under the skin that never come to a head so they will never leave a scar. These bumps come and go but are sore and annoying and probably doctor has maybe suggested Retin-A? or some such prescription pills? RetinA worked really well on mine and kept them away for years. I'm not sure anything topical would work on these. Good luck

 
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