Acne and acne scarring can be stubborn to get rid of. The best treatments for you will depend on what type of acne you have, what type of skin you have and what type of acne scarring you have. Any of the following approaches, or a combination of them, might help improve the look of your skin, and some might not work at all or make things worse.
It’s important to speak with a licensed dermatologist for the best results.
Home Skin Care
You can start doing facial treatments on your own in your own home. For example, using sunscreen can help you limit the contrast between skin that is scarred and skin that is not. This is because scars often heal lighter than the skin surrounding them. Using sunscreen will prevent your skin from darkening around the scar. You can also use medicated creams, like those that contain azelaic acid or hydroxy acids, which are known to help too.
Soft Tissue Fillers
If you have scarring that is indented or pockmarked, you can get fillers containing collagen, fat or other substances that can help plump the skin over them. The goal of these treatments is to make scarring less visible. The results from these types of treatments are not permanent, so you’ll have to continue repeating them.
Steroid injections have been known to help with keloid scarring, so their use in fighting the appearance of acne scarring is granted. If you have raised scars similar to keloids, you can get steroids injected to improve the appearance of your skin.
Using laser treatment has become increasingly popular over the years. This method is often used on scars that were already treated with dermabrasion. Keep in mind that this treatment could have an increased risk of side effects for those who have darker skin, or suffer from keloids.
Dermabrasion is typically used for more severe cases of scarring. During dermabrasion, your doctor will remove the top layer of skin using a rotating brush. Any surface scars can be completely removed using this method, and deeper acne scars might start to appear less noticeable.
During a chemical peel, a chemical solution will be applied to your scar tissue in order to remove the top layer of skin, resulting in minimizing the appearance of deeper scars. You are able to get repeat peels in order to maintain the results, but only mild to medium levels of the peel should be used after a deep peel.
A needle-studded device will be rolled over the skin in order to stimulate collagen formation in the tissue. This treatment is known as a safe, simple and effective technique that works on acne scarring over time. It has a minimal risk of causing discoloration in the skin. Although the results are subtle, you will probably need repeat treatments, it will be well worth it in the end.
Be sure to go to a trusted clinic with licensed practitioners if you are planning to undergo any facial treatments for your acne scarring. Contact Enriched Med Spa to learn more about the acne treatments we provide.