A true acne scar, like all scars, occurs as a natural part of the body’s wound-healing process. In terms of acne, scarring can take the form of depressed pits, broad indentations, or raised, thickened, round, or linear bumps called keloids.
Who gets acne scars?
Generally speaking, the more advanced cases of cystic and nodular acne are the most likely to cause scarring. “Severe” inflammation in some people may not result in scarring, while in others, a small pimple may leave permanent damage. If you’re inclined to pick, consider this: you’re creating a wound on your skin, and nature will do whatever it must to quickly repair it.
How do you treat acne scars?
Unfortunately there is no universally effective treatment to remove scars. However, micro exfoliation, micro dermabrasion and skin resurfacing are effective treatments which can significantly lessen the appearance of a scar.
Various substances and techniques can be used to peel or resurface the skin, including acids, minerals, plants, and crystal like granules. The value of these treatments is rapid exfoliation at varying depths, depending upon how deep the treatment must be for a desired benefit. The most common methods of superficial skin resurfacing today are microdermabrasion and hydroxy acid peels. These improve skin texture and tone. In some cases, more aggressive micro exfoliation or skin needling procedures may be performed to treat surgical or traumatic scars.
Hydroxy Acid Peel: Light peel, most commonly salicylic or glycolic acid. Exfoliates, enhances cell renewal, and increases penetration and potency of other topical agents. Acidic solution is applied evenly to the entire face and left on for several minutes. Helps clear acne, refine pores, improve texture, and diminish signs of sun damage.
Microdermabrasion: Abrasion of superficial layers of the skin to remove dead surface cells and enhance cell turnover. There are two primary methods:
- Fine crystals of aluminum or sodium bicarbonate are sprayed onto the skin at a precise pressure and then concurrently vacuumed off with adjustable intensity of suction.
- A rough-textured handheld instrument is applied to the skin for abrasion. This is followed immediately with suction to remove exfoliated cells.
Superficial resurfacing smooths the skin’s surface, refines pores, brightens skin, and stimulates collagen and elastin growth, helping diminish the appearance of superficial marks.
Micro-Needling: An alternative procedure for skin rejuvenation and an effective treatment of acne scars is micro-needling. This procedure is performed by rolling a device with approximately two hundred tiny needles (0.2mm in length) across the area of skin to be treated. This procedure triggers the wound healing processes to produce new collagen fibres. The results are comparable to ablative techniques such as deeper peels, dermabrasion, and IPL lasers, but with less injury to the skin. By incorporating just a minute per day of rolling into a non-prescription skincare regimen, we can achieve impressive results for line and wrinkle reduction, pore tightening, and skin firming, all pain-free and without an appointment.