Overview of Acne Scars Treatment

Ah, the lingering pains of acne! After all of the product experimentation and seemingly hopeless face scrubbing, your acne may have cleared – but not before leaving behind a callous and unforgiving reminder. If you are currently struggling to deal with acne scars, fear not, for there are plenty of cosmetic treatments available. Before diving right in however, it may be helpful to consider how acne scarring is formed in the first place.


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Acne is an unfortunately common condition that is brought on by blocked pores, either by old skin cells, oil, or a combination of the two. It is all too easy to leave the face improperly cleansed of such issues. While there are many products out there that can fight acne, the skin can not always be saved from scarring. Improper handling in between treatments (i.e. picking at the blemishes, thus opening them up to deep bacterial infection) can mar the body’s attempts to repair the blemishes on its own. With enough irritation and bacteria, the possibility of scarring is quite high.

If the acne is severe enough, scars might occur even if you handle everything as carefully as possible. Some acne manifests in the form of cysts and nodules that are both painful and detrimental to the long term health of the skin beneath. Even after the blemishes have cleared, the lasting damage of such severe cases can be all too apparent. Severe acne scarring can also be brought on by tissue loss and an excess of collagen. The body’s instinct to form collagen layers over blemishes can actually lead to hypertrophic (increased tissue) scarring that leaves a mark over the surface of the skin.

Just as there are a variety of possible causes, there are numerous ways to go about treating your scars. One oft-used approach is to have the scar injected with collagen by a dermatologist. This can even out the hollowed area. In place of collagen, fat taken from elsewhere on your body can also be used in the injection. Another injection method is available for those with hypertrophic scarring, wherein corticosteroids are used for flattening and softening. Although effective from a cosmetic standpoint, injections are generally only a temporary fix and must be redone at least twice a year.

There are options with longer lasting effects as well. One of the major examples is laser reduction. When successful, the use of lasers can get rid of redness and even out the scar tissue permanently. The current success rate is far from a sure thing however and the treatment can be quite expensive. While still pricy, surgical removal (such as dermabrasion, where a rapidly rotating brush is used to get rid of problematic surface skin) can be more effective, but it is usually reserved for only the more severe cases.

Dealing with your acne scars can be a daunting task, but it should be of at least some comfort to know that you do have options to choose from. It is also worth noting that as dermatology grows more and more possible treatments will present themselves, so hang in there! In the meantime, do your best not to mishandle any blemishes you may be struggling with, and speak to a dermatologist about your best possible course of treatment.

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