My acne scarring is getting worse from the treatments I’ve been getting.

I had severe cystic acne from my teens through late 20's, finally stopped by accutane, probably made worse by heavy doses of systemic & topical steroids for atopic dermatitis; I had several scar revision surgeries & temporary filler injections which all went away, leaving me with more severe scarring. Finally my dermatologist did surgery to remove the scars & cut sections out of both of my cheeks, leaving me with 5-6" sunken scars down my face. I don't know what to do but it's very depressing.

My heart goes out to you on this.   It’s hard enough to live daily with severe acne scarring and then to have the treatments go wrong, is even harder.   I think you’re right though…..the treatment of the scars was probably complicated by the steroids for your atopic dermatitis.

You don’t tell me where you live, but sometimes it really is worth the time, money and inconvenience to go somewhere where there is a national expert in a problem.   Dr. Mark Taylor, a dermatologist in Salt Lake City, is really known for his long experience with acne scarring, good judgment, and range of options for treatment.   I would suggest a second opinion from him or you may be able to find someone with a  national reputation closer to home.   Good luck!

Dr. I

Acne Scars

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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