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Laser treatment for acne scars

Acne (acne vulgaris) is caused by a combination of excess skin oil, bacteria and other tissue leading to blockage of the pores. Inflamed spots usually appear on the face, chest, shoulders or upper arms. Permanent physical scarring may result. Treatment of scars includes using steroids, chemical and mechanical resurfacing techniques (such as dermabrasion), or surgery to fill the scarred area with fat, skin or collagen. Laser resurfacing has the potential to be more precise than other techniques in the treatment of some facial scars, but is expensive and may have adverse effects. The review found no trials of laser resurfacing. There is not enough evidence to show whether laser resurfacing is worthwhile for acne scars.

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: Plain Language Summaries [Internet] - John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Version: 2016

Skin Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of skin cancer.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: September 3, 2015

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