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Scarring after applying garlic on pimples. Why did this happen?

Hi .... a month ago I read an article in the internet that applying fresh garlic on skin would reduce pimples .... so I applied it on the places which had acne .... but the next morning my skin turned pink and the next day it became a scar and now I have scar marks in my face ... why did this happen ? Is my skin sensitive ?? And what should I do to make the scar go ?? Can I apply vit e or kojivit gel or any other products ?
Asked On : Tue, 25 Dec 2012
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Dermatologist 's  Response

Hope you are doing great.

Garlic can cause contact dermatitis. Sulfur molecules like diallyldisulfide, allicin, and allylpropyldisulfide in garlic are thought to be the principal offending agents. These components appear to be heat sensitive, so raw garlic causes skin reactions that resemble like burns.

Since you mentioned you had acne, that means your skin is more sensitive than others. On top of that, application of raw garlic made it worse by causing a chemical burn. When the burns healed they left behind scars.

Meet your dermatologist and follow his advice. Depending on your scar type, whether they are pigmented or tiny pits, he/she may prescribe you retinoids, glycolic acid, Vit. E, silicone creams, sunscreen,etc. You may also benefit from chemical peels, microdermabrasion, microneedling and lasers.

Take care and happy new year.
Answered: Wed, 26 Dec 2012
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Dermatologist Dr. Vijay Aithal's  Response
hello. you have developed reaction to the garlic, which has now resulted in the post inflammatory hyperpigmentation.consult your local dermatologist for depigmenting creams;or otherwise certain procedures would help reduce the pigmentation.
Answered: Wed, 26 Dec 2012
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