Suffering from moderate to severe acne is bad enough, having to deal with the unsightly aftermath just makes it worse. If you have suffered from acne and now find yourself with unsightly scars as a reminder, you’ll be pleased to know that there are some things that can be done to reverse some of the damage. There are acne scar reduction techniques that may be able to help you.
When your skin gets inflamed from a breakout it can result in an infection which can lead to loss of elastin and collagen, and that can lead to skin cell damage. The body will attempt to repair the damaged skin by using a connective tissue to mend the wound. This connective tissue is the scar.
Of course, prevention is always the best remedy. If you can stop your acne outbreak in it’s early stages you’ll go a long way to preventing scarring. You don’t have to wait until pimples are fully formed before you start to treat your outbreak. Many people believe in this misconception and feel like they need to give the pimple time to grow so that it will expel the toxins itself.
If you follow this belief you are actually more likely to get scars than if you treated the outbreak and prevented the pimples from getting so advanced. If you already have scars your dermatologist can recommend the appropriate treatment options. If at all possible you should see your doctor since acne sufferers may have sensitive skin and may have reactions to some do it yourself acne remedies.
Here is a list of some of the most common techniques used to diminish scars, of course scars will fade on their own over time but if you want to speed up the process these things may help. Your doctor will tell you which is the best option for you based on the severity of the scar and your skin type:
1. Laser therapy. This technique can help clear up scars by killing bacteria and increase oxygen to the damaged skin. Lasers can burn away any excess sebum which will reduce the thick texture of the scar and make it less noticeable.
2. Dermabrasion or microdermabrasion are both ways of surgically removing the outer layer of skin by scraping it off. The remaining skin is the ‘new’ skin that was underneath and it will be healthy unblemished skin.
3. Topical creams such as Retin A are used to help improve not only texture issues from scarring but also help reduce discoloration whether your skin has lightened or darkened. Retin A does have some potentially serious side effects, the most common one is an extreme sensitivity to sunlight.
4. Chemical skin peel is when chemicals are used to peel away the damaged top layer of skin. This method will usually take a fairly long recovery period of up to three weeks.
The effectiveness of any of these methods will depend to a large degree on the skin type of the patient as well as the size and severity of the scars. It’s always best to talk to your doctor and find out what they recommend when it comes to acne scar reduction. You do have options and you can get rid of or at least lessen your unsightly acne scars.
Acne Facial Scars
If you’ve more or less outgrown your acne outbreaks and now you’re looking for something to help you remove, or at least diminish, your unattractive acne facial scars there is good news. There are many things that may be able to help you. Everything from home remedies to creams, to chemicals and lasers that work by removing the top layers of skin. The trick is to find the method that will work best for you and also is the least expensive and invasive.
Here is a list of some of the most common options available to you. Many of them can be fairly expensive and while all of them have had some success none of them will work on every person every time. You will need to learn more about each technique so you can determine the best option for you and your situation:
1. Dermabrasion. This is more intense that mirco-dermabrasion which only sloughs off the top layer of skin. Dermabrasion will remove the top several layers of skin. This process will require a healing time of several weeks while the scabs from the procedure heal over with a new layer of undamaged skin. This procedure tends to work best on either light or dark skinned people. Someone with a more middle of the road skin tone might not get as good of results.
2. Laser treatment. This treatment option works in a similar fashion to dermabrasion, it removes the top damaged layers of skin which allows new growth, undamaged skin to replace the damaged skin. You can have an even texture and no discoloration following this treatment. Make sure you take time to talk to your doctor about this procedure. It does tend to be expensive and the healing process can be a little long. You may also need several treatments before you see the full effectiveness.
3. Chemical peel. This procedure involves your dermatologist applying a layer of acid to your skin. This chemical will slough off your top layer of skin. This procedure works best for skin that has only a little light scarring. Once the acid is removed you may experience some swelling and redness. Recovery time will vary depending on the amount of skin covered, but usually ranges from a day to a few weeks.
4. The last form of scar removal is augmentation. This procedure involves your doctor using collagen, or fat from another part of your body, to fill in your pitted scars. This procedure will require minimal recovery time, usually less than a day, and will give your skin a smoother more healthy appearance. The downside to this procedure is that it is a temporary fix. In the future if other forms of filler are discovered it may last longer but now with collagen it generally lasts around 6 months. While it does provide relief, you will need to have the procedure done over and over again to maintain the results.
When it comes to getting rid of, or at least diminishing, acne facial scars you have several options.