Patient Name: Lisa*
Age: 15 years old
Concern: acne scars
Lisa has struggled with acne since she was 12, but finally has it under control with a full face treatment regimen. Unfortunately, Lisa was a picker. After watching her pick and pop for months, her mom finally brought her in, worried about the pitting and scarring she started to notice on her daughter’s cheeks.
Unfortunately, Lisa’s mom was late bringing her in and the scarring and pitting reached the deeper layers of Lisa’s skin making it difficult to treat. Several uncomfortable laser treatments and over $1,000 later, Lisa’s skin was smoother and her acne scarring had diminished.
Lisa learned the hard (and expensive) way that popping zits won’t make them go away. In fact, picking zits is a surefire way to make sure you have souvenirs for a lifetime in the form of scars and remnant dark marks. Picking is a natural inclination, but as parents we need to keep an eye on our children and be proactive about getting them help. If you see your child picking her (or his) face, get her to a dermatologist before it’s too late. The only way to get clear skin is to treat the full face every day with an acne-focused skincare regimen and leave the extractions to professionals … like your local dermatologist.
*Patient name has been changed to protect privacy
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