Acne Scar Reduction
Acne is always frustrating both mentally and physically but the scars acne leave behind feels even worse. But, today we have an array of treatments available to treat and heal the aftermath of acne. There are several kinds of acne scars, and the intensity of treatment vary for each one.
Types of Acne Scars:
Atrophic scars are most common on the face. They appear like depressed scars formed due to the scarcity of collagen production.
There are 3 types of atrophic scars including the boxcar, ice pick, and rolling scars.
Boxcars are U-shaped scars that have sharp edges. Ice pick scars are narrow V-shaped scars that go deep into the skin.
Rolling scars are wide depressions that have rounded edges and an irregular circular appearance.
Hypertrophic or raised scars can be found on the chest and on the back.
However, there are a number of home remedies that people usually try and test to relieve acne scars. If nothing works then you always have an option to consult a dermatologist or a skin specialist to look into the severity of the skin problem and find suitable solutions for you.
SUBCISION is a simple and safe office procedure for the treatment of depressed acne scars. It can be easily combined with other procedures. In this, the fibrous strands, that tether the scar to the underlying subcutaneous tissue, are broken. The depression is lifted by releasing action of procedure as well as from connective tissue that forms during the course of normal wound healing.
Dermabrasion is one of the most effective treatments for treating facial scars. This procedure is highly recommended for treating shallow boxcar and rolling scars. With dermabrasion treatment, even deeper scars tend to become less noticeable.
Chemical peels use strong acid to remove the top layer of the skin and to reduce deeper scars.
Laser resurfacing for acne scars works in similar fashion but the treatment responds faster than dermabrasion and chemical peels. Laser resurfacing works amazingly well for all types of acne scars and for people with lighter skin tone.
These days dermatologists also use fillers to treat acne scars. These fillers can be made with collagen or your own fat or could be a commercial filler. When injected under the surface of the skin, fillers plump up and smooth depressed scars. The effects of a filler treatment last between 6-18 months and are suitable for people with a small number of boxcar or rolling scars.
Microneedling uses a small handheld needle-studded roller on the surface of the scars. These needles puncture the numbed skin, heals and instigate collagen production. This treatment is recommended for treating depressed acne scars.
Last but not least, the best way to treat acne scars is to prevent them in the first place. Yes, you are less likely to develop scars if you break out less by avoiding squeezing, popping and pricking of acne-affected skin even when it becomes difficult to resist.