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I've had acne for many, many years and although it is improving a bit with the use of Retin-A (have also just been prescribed Spironolactone of 100mg/day), I have LOADS of even if I'm acne free, I'll still need to cover my face with plenty of make-up! I don't have any specific scars that I can cover with my's mostly a general redness with lots and lots of tiny red dots (not raised) and patches of rough skin (tried tons of moisturisers, which work for hour?). Are there any really good creams for fading scars?? My Retin-A (gel) doesn't seem to be helping with the scars and I've been using it for over a year. I've looked into peels and microdermabrasion, but it seems so expensive, as those clinics always say that a course of 10-12 sessions is necessary?! Are there any good home peels which I could use without damaging/burning my face?? I have quite sensitive skin and my face sometimes goes red (redder!) after using exfoliating scrubs!

Thanks a lot!

Oh also, does Azelaic acid help??
As difficult as it is, time is the best treatment. Especially, if your acne is still active. If you have sensitive skin, don't use any harsh topicals. I have sensitive skin, and the simple act of even rubbing a product on, will cause be to breakout. Aloe Vera is probably the best product for red marks, if you do decide to use one. It's natural, inexpensive and proven. Fruit of the Earth makes a great moisturizer.
Here is something I have used to help fade those red spots from past breakouts: Hydroquinone.

It's sort of a skin bleaching agent, I think. Obagi has a few products with that as the ingredient, but I don't like them because the products smell pretty bad and are a tad greasy because it's a cream.

I have tried Murad Post Acne Spot Lightening Gel with 2% hydroquinone and that seems to work pretty well and smells okay (but doesn't smell great). It's a clear gel and goes on good and not greasy.

The only thing for you, I don't know if you are supposed to use this in conjunction with the other stuff you're on, so you should check first. It's not an overnight kind of thing, but I found that spots would fade in weeks as opposed to months. I have the fairest, lightest skin you can imagine, so each red spot on my skin shows up and looks like a pimple when there is really nothing there. So I know exactly what you're talking about.

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