If acne scars make you self-conscious about your skin, take a look at the treatment options below and learn all the secrets to best remove or reduce their appearance. Although these are not medications, they have proved to be quite effective in minimizing the presence of scars.
Common types of acne scars
While some acne scars are permanent, many others can fade over time. Acne scars usually come in the following types:
- Injuries. These are red, flat spots which are the injuries resulted from acne. They can stay on your skin for a few weeks then gradually fade away
- Skin discoloration. Healed acne scars may discolor the skin. This condition is called postinflammatory pigmentation. This discoloration may still be visible months after injuries caused by acne has healed itself.
- Raised scars. Certain types of acne can leave raised or hypertrophic scars on your skin. This is the result of excessive collagen production during the healing process.
- Depressed scars. Acne scars that occur due to loss of tissue are more common that raised scars. These are also called soft scars. They tend to create depressions on skin, and hence, are called pitted or depressed scars.
Common acne scar treatment options
How one’s acne scars are treated depends on their individual choice. Some want to make their scars look better because they feel uncomfortable and self-conscious when interacting with others. Those with more severe acne scars want to eliminate them completely to restore the look of their skin.
If you have acne scars, consult with your doctor as soon as possible. They will provide you with acne scar treatment options that work best for you and give you instructions on how to keep your skin healthy after treatment.
Common acne scar treatment options include
- Dermabrasion. This type of treatment uses specialized cosmetic tools to make the scar less prominent and restore the skin’s surface. This treatment typically takes a few days to complete.
- Exfoliation. This is the most tamed version of dermabrasion. Your doctor or dermatologist will spray some crystals on your skin instead of using specialized tools to remove the dead skin cells. This procedure can be done more than once and you don’t need any downtime while getting this treatment.
- Chemical peels. This procedure uses approved chemicals to reduce the appearance of acne scars or heal the injuries caused by acne. Which type of chemical peel and how much chemical used should be decided by your doctor, nurse or cosmetic specialists. This ensures that the procedure is carried out safely, giving you smooth, even skin tone. Your skin may peel off after a few days depending on the amount of chemical used.
- Use creams containing retinoic acid. Traditional treatments aren’t recommended for certain types of raised scars as it can be time-consuming without producing desired results. Instead, you can apply topical creams containing retinoic acids directly on your scars to reduce its severity. This type of creams is especially effective for raised scars.
- Laser treatment. Dermatologists can use laser beams to remove the outer skin layer in the areas with acne scars or blur the red spots in the injured area. There are many types of laser treatment for acne scars and which type to be used depends on whether it is raised or depressed scars. You can treat acne scars with laser once or more times depending on the type of laser used. It usually takes a few days for the skin to heal.
- Fillers. Your dermatologist can recommend using collagen, hyaluronic acid, or other dermal fillers to “fill in” acne scars, especially depressed ones. Your skin will absorb the filler and use it to speed up healing. This type of treatment doesn’t any downtime.
- Skin graft. Your doctor will attach a small piece of healthy skin to the acne scars. The donor skin is usually taken from the back of your ears. This technique is typically used to treat serious scars such as depressed scars due to injuries or scars that cause severe damage to the skin.
THEA has just provided you with the safest acne scar treatment options to date. Even though these can improve your skin condition, they may not guarantee full restoration. Tell us your expectations and our experts will help you make them come true.