Acne Scarring
Posted By: Lindsay Schroeder Posted In: acne scars Date Posted: May 11th, 2010 Comments: 0

Many somehow overlook one of the other major problems with acne, scarring. Acne can be a temporary condition for some, but the effects of scarring can be permanent. Luckily, though, there are a variety of treatments available for acne-related scars. If you are one of the millions of people actively looking for treatments for acne scars as much as effective acne treatment, we can help you.

Preventing Skin Discoloration

There are markings that can form on the skin after a pimple has disappeared. Many think this is scarring but it is not. A mark is only defined as a scar if it’s still present on the skin after a year’s time. Any mark present on the skin due to a pimple healing for less than a year is not considered a scar.

There are treatments available to speed up the removal of skin discoloration or markings. Treinoin, Alpha, and Beta-Hydroxy Acids are common treatments for speeding up the process of healing the skin and helping the discoloration on the skin diminish more quickly.

Exfoliating the skin gently up to 3 times a week with a gentle microexfoliating treatment can also remove the top layers of skin, aiding in minimizing the appearance of pimple marks on the skin and also allows new skin to surface. This is one of the most simple and efficient ways to get clear and soft skin.

Surgical Solutions

Skin discoloration brought about by acne does not often result in deep scars. However, for very deep and visible acne scars, surgical solutions may be a more effective way of obscuring these scars or making them disappear altogether.

The first is punch excision, which is used on very deep scars such as ‘icepick scars’ or ‘boxcar scars’. This involves the excision of the scar and then the edges of the skin are sutured together.

Another option is laser resurfacing. This treatment burns the skin up to a certain level. As the skin heals, new skin will then develop which eventually obscures the area where the scar used to be.

Fillers may also be used to fill in the depressed parts of the skin due to scarring. Fillers come in different varieties such as collagen and fat. However, the effects of dermal fillers aren’t as long term as the other two treatments mentioned. Dermal fillers require regular re-injections to maintain the smoothing effects on the skin.

Before Treating Acne Scars

Consult your dermatologist first before making the decision to get an acne scar treatment. Some treatments are better for some than others so allow your dermatologist the opportunity to make the best decision for you.


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