How To Get Rid Of Acne & Acne ScarsMay 28, 2021
Acne scarring is more common than you might think. In fact, most people have had at least one pimple that left a scar, and many others have multiple scars left from acne. You may have tried to get rid of acne that keeps scarring, or you may have managed your breakouts but been left with a series of indented and pigmented scars.
Acne scars can be stubborn and difficult to get rid of, but they can be treated with a little help from the experts.
So, what is acne scarring and why does it occur?
There are a few different types of acne scars:
- Indented scars, such as box scars, rolling scars or ice pick scars, mostly named for the shape of the indentation in the skin
- Pigmented scars, which may appear as red or brown in colour
- Hypertrophic scars, such as keloid scars, which are raised or thickened forms of scarring
These may be caused by a few different factors. Breakouts can cause the oil glands to collapse, which anchors down the skin and leads to indented scars. Collagen breakdown and damage to collagen tissues in your skin can also contribute to the formation of scars and scar tissue.
Pigmented scars form when your skin’s pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) are stimulated in response to minor skin trauma and inflammation caused by acne.
Of course, picking or scratching at your active breakouts can also make scarring more severe.
What are the best treatments for acne scars?
Microneedling is one of the most common treatments for acne scars, but there are other options outlined below. We recommend coming in for a consultation to determine the most suitable treatment for the nature of your skin.
A microneedling pen, also known as a dermapen, has multiple tiny needles that move in and out as it’s moved across your skin. It’s important to have this treatment performed by a highly trained Clinician to prevent any risks of microtears to the skin.
It essentially stimulates a micro-wound healing response in the skin so that your skin begins to repair itself and improve its texture.
This treatment is often recommended for superficial textural scarring.
Radiofrequency (RF) Needling is a dual treatment that combines the benefit of microneedling with radiofrequency energy for more powerful results.
Ultrafine gold-tipped needles penetrate the skin at various controlled depths to break up scar tissue and stimulate a micro wound healing response. Radiofrequency energy creates controlled zones of heat in the skin to help stimulate collagen regeneration and support the healing process.
RF Needling can treat deeper, more stubborn indented acne scars.
Pico Scar Repair
The newest models of Pico laser have brought a major advancement on non-invasive scar repair.
These lasers use vibrational energy and very little heat, which means safer treatments with no downtime. Essentially, Pico Scar Repair laser treatments penetrate the skin without breaking through the surface to refine pores and remodel collagen in your skin.
It also breaks down pigmentation that is trapped in the skin so that your immune system can remove it naturally. Thanks to this feature, Pico Scar Repair can be used for pigmented acne scars as well as indented scarring.
Can you prevent acne scarring?
If you have active acne and you’d like to minimise your risk of it leaving scars behind, there are a few preventative measure that may help.
Professional treatments for acne, such as PhotoTherapy and facial peels can help reduce inflammation that contributes to pigmented acne scars. There are also certain laser treatments that help refine your skin’s oil glands to reduce their chance of collapsing and leading to indented scars.
At-home skincare can also help manage acne and reduce the chances of scarring. We recommend using a gentle AHA cleanser to exfoliate the skin and applying an antioxidant serum with vitamins A and B.
Vitamin A can help regulate your skin’s oil production, promote natural cell turnover and stimulate collagen production in your skin. It’s been a top choice for acne patients for decades. Just be sure to introduce it to your skin slowly.
Vitamin B can help soothe inflammation that can contribute to scarring and regulate your skin’s moisture levels and pigment production.
Whether you’re managing acne, acne scarring or both, we recommend coming in for a consultation to assess your skin and discuss your product and treatment options with one of our Doctors or highly trained Clinicians.
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