Acne scars can cause significant embarrassment and lower the self-esteem of those who suffer from them. Fortunately there is a wide array of treatments available to treat acne scars. Acne scars vary in type and severity, so it is best to consult a cosmetic dermatologist regarding the treatment or combination of treatments that would be best for your particular situation.
For certain types of acne scars, topical treatments (i.e. compounds applied directly to the skin) that boost collagen production can be effective. Topical treatments are a good first step to determine if more invasive treatment might be necessary.
This treatment involves removing the top layers of skin using a buffing technique. The new skin that grows back to replace the former top layer will ideally have a more even texture. Dermabrasion (as opposed to microdermabrasion) can be employed where scaring is deeper. This technique removes more layers of skin, but is significantly more invasive. A qualified medical practitioner should be consulted in order to determine what kind of dermabrasion is right for you.
A chemical peel is designed to remove the top layer of one’s skin. As with dermabration techniques, the hope is that the new skin will be of a more even texture. In a chemical peel, an acidic substance is applied to the surface of the skin, which results in the controlled death of the top layer of skin. Following a chemical peel, it is imperative that one avoids the sun, possibly for a period of several months. Notably, chemical peels can also be highly effective in treating other issues such as fine lines and wrinkles, as well as discolorations.
Laser treatment also serves to even out the skin tone by removing the top layer of skin in order to stimulate the growth of new skin. Laser treatment may be effective in treating scars of varying types and severity.
For acne scars in the form of deep indentations, the most effective treatment may be the injection of a filler. Unfortunately, a filler treatment will need to be repeated periodically as it is not permanent. On the plus side, filling treatments are generally non-invasive.
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