Acne scarring are a sad reminder of the having suffered pimples or even acne before. They are perhaps one of the most upsetting aspects of acne. Generally speaking, acne scars can be difficult to treat, but tissue regeneration is not impossible nowadays with all the amazing technological developments for acne scarring treatments.
This blog post would be remiss if we did not first mention that the best way to avoid acne scarring is to get the right treatment in place as soon as possible to avoid acne altogether. But, if it is persistent, remember that picking at the whitehead or pustule will only create worse scarring in the end.
While most scarring is temporary and will probably disappear naturally in time, scars from the more severe forms of acne can be permanent. Acne scarring can be minimal; a reddish, purplish area left behind that fades over the course of several months to a year. It can also include deep pits in the skin that can be left behind, unfortunately, for a lifetime.
Some newer and fairly effective treatments for acne scarring include laser treatments.
Laser resurfacing is one way of removing the damaged skin areas and stimulating the natural regrowth of the tissue beneath. This procedure only requires local anaesthetic and can last between a few minutes and an hour depending on the extent of the problem.
Fractional laser therapy is one of the most recent methods of eliminating acne scars. It involves surgical intervention at deep skin layers. The treatment is superior to both dermabrasion and laser resurfacing in terms of quality and has a much reduced healing period. Nevertheless, fractional laser therapy remains within the reach of only those few lucky sufferers, who can pay for it, since it is the most expensive acne treatment currently available. Multiple sessions are typically required to improve the condition of the upper layers of skin, before they can tackle the deep level treatment of the acne scar.
We are also finding that injections can help with the deep acne scarring. A licensed physician can inject collagen into the scars in order to raise the normal skin level.
Micro-dermabrasion for the same purpose can also help in lessening the appearance of scars.
Avoid trying to perform chemical peels for acne treatment at home is a bad policy given the risk of aggravating the condition by irritating the scars even more.
If you are suffering from acne or acne scarring, see a trusted dermatologist or plastic surgeon. (Many plastic surgeon offices now provide laser treatments for scar patients, including acne scar patients.)