Many of us are familiar with acne, which would have been the nightmare of our adolescence. Unfortunately, acne can also affect adults. Hormonal changes, stressful lifestyle, food and medications can cause pimply and acne-prone skin at any age. And once pimples pop up, they can be persistent. Well, they always say don’t pop your pimples, and they are right! We know all too well that it’d end up as acne scars. However, it’s no secret that many of us did it, even when we knew that it is a bad decision.
Sometimes no matter how hard we try to avoid acne and acne scars by spending a fortune on the best acne treatments, we can not prevent them. Fortunately, there are effective treatments that will end all your skin woes.
Types of Treatments
Skin treatment for scars may follow many procedures. That will depend on the age of the person, the location of the scar and the nature of the scar. If the scar is superficial, it can be treated with microdermabrasion or medium chemical peel, while a deeper scar will need more intensive treatments such as laser resurfacing or deep chemical peel. It is interesting to note that all of us have different scar forming tendency. Some of us form deeper scars compared to others who form mild scars for similar injury.
If the scar mixes with wrinkles, it’s less of a problem. But if it shows prominently on the cheek, one has to get it treated. Many methods are available for resurfacing the skin. All methods produce different results. The costs will be different and so will be the postoperative time of recovery. You have to therefore talk to your doctor about your scars and the treatment. Chemical peeling, microdermabrasion, laser resurfacing, surgical excision and photodynamic therapy are few of the techniques that are used to treat scars. You need not suffer scars. Consult your dermatologist and get it treated at an aesthetics clinic.
Laser therapy is an appealing treatment for acne: no messy creams, no drugs and minimal risk of side effects. It is a non-surgical method which aims to reduce the appearance of acne scars. Although approved to treat acne scarring, pulsed dye laser therapy is also being used for the treatment of active inflammatory acne vulgaris. During treatment your dermatologist uses a laser device to treat the damaged skin. The laser beams break up scar tissue and stimulate regeneration.
PDT is a non-invasive therapy that uses a photosensitizer, a light source and oxygen to treat your skin. Your dermatologist applies a photosensitizer on your skin and activate it with the help of a medical light source such as blue light, red light or IPL. The therapy destroys acne cells and bacteria and reduces the appearance of more severe forms of acne like nodules and cysts.
Microdermabrasion is a technique that removes the fine outer layer of skin. This results in revealing a fresh, young looking complexion. The treatment causes the face to quickly regenerate new layers of smooth, flawless skin that can keep you looking great for weeks. Microdermabrasion can remove superficial scars and slight pits or dents in the facial surface such as the minor scars caused by acne. It can also reduce the appearance of wrinkles and other fine lines which is a boon to anyone looking for a way to make their face appear younger.
Basically, a chemical peel is a procedure wherein the dead skin cells and the damaged outer layers of the skin are removed. There is that chemical word in the term because a chemical solution is used to smoothen or even out the texture of the skin. Eventually, the chemical applied causes the skin to peel off, hence the term chemical peel. This is typically done on the face, neck or hands. The procedure also enhances your overall look by removing the damaged outer skin layers. This is applicable and recommended for people with uneven skin tones, for people with wrinkles and facial scars from pimple or acne.
Punch Excisions and Skin Grafting
Some ice-pick scars may be removed by punch excision of each individual scar. In this procedure each scar is excised down to the layer of subcutaneous fat. The resulting hole in the skin may be repaired with a small skin graft. With skin grafting your aesthetic doctor uses small pieces of your skin taken from another area of your body such as skin behind your ear.
Remember that only a dermatologist can knows how remove acne safely.
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