Removing Acne Scars: The Absolute Guide

Most, if not all people have had encounters with acne. Acne sometimes goes away for some people, but for a sizeable number, it leaves scars which are not the best thing to happen to a person’s face. Acne scars occur just below the skin in the dermis. It becomes inflamed when the body repairs the skin whenever one bursts a pimple, scaly skin or blackheads. Sometimes the repair is too much leading to a build-up of collagen which may permanently stay in one place resulting in scarring. It often creates an ice pick scar which is a pit in the skin. Sometimes it brings about excess pigmentation that fades away with time. One can have acne-scar-removal through different types of facial treatment.

lofficielthailand_laser_600-1Laser Skin Resurfacing

You may have to consider a visit to the doctor when acne scars do not go away. Your dermatologist will decide whether you can have between one to three sessions where he or she can perform a laser skin resurfacing using fractional laser technology. The procedure evens out the skin surface and increases the production of the protein collagen which is a building block for the skin. It helps fill up the scars. There are two types,

laser-resurface-3Ablative Laser

It vapourises the scar creating room for smoother-skin to emerge. It destroys the unwanted collagen which the body overproduced in its bid to heal itself. This makes the body to produce collagen in a controlled way such that the scars heal and blend well with the skin.

Non-Ablative Laser

This procedure helps activate collagen-production while protecting the skin’s upper layer. It also causes the skin to tighten and look younger.
Cosmetic injection of botox to the pretty female face. Isolated on white background

Filler Injections

They help in filling depressions resulting from underlying acne scarring. As a sufferer, you have to visit your doctor regularly (four to six months) for injections since the skin re-absorbs the fillers over time.

face-creamsCortisone and Face Creams

When an individual scars, they may experience a reddening and inflammation of the skin. It is advisable to use cortisone based skin creams. The skin absorbs cortisone which in turn reduces inflammation and reddening of the scar. When scars heal, they leave a spot of darkened skin. You may need to employ skin lightening creams to address this inconsistency. Previously, creams containing hydroquinone have been the mainstay but have fallen out of favour since they cause irritation and are carcinogenic. Use Kojic-acid-based creams and creams containing Arbutin. Also, consider vitamin C, a good alternative to lighten your skin.

What not to do when one has Acne Scarring

sunburn-prevention-tips-avoid-sun-exposureAvoid the Sun

Ultra-violet rays stimulate pigment-producing cells which fuel skin discoloration. Wear wide-brimmed hats and sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of over 30. Re-apply sunscreen after swimming and heavy sweating. Limit the time you are in the sun especially between 10 am and 2 pm.

acneAvoid Squeezing and Picking

Picking makes the skin get more inflamed and injured leading to further discolouration and scarring. Picking pimples, causes bacteria and pus to seep deeper into the skin causing more damage and higher than normal collagen production.

Acne scar removal is one subject that less than often never leaves the halls of academia leading many people to condemn their skins to lifetimes of torture. Treating your skin well will always be rewarding.