Acne scars are a constant reminder of past breakouts on the skin, but with the wide variety of treatments available including the specialist treatments listed below help is available. These techniques reduce the appearance of acne scars and reduce the embarrassment and self-consciousness that can be experienced from living with them. There’s no reason why you should have to suffer with the effects of acne scarring when a professional can show you how to get rid of acne scars once and for all.
As well as natural methods and cosmetic applications, there are several professional techniques that can be used to reduce or eliminate acne scars. Some of these are used by celebrities and those in the know, a couple involve surgery ~ so would obviously only be used in extreme cases. The rest are suitable for most people with acne scarring if you find that you are a suitable candidate for the treatment.
Following are 8 professional techniques for acne scar removal:
Dermabrasion for acne scars uses a high-speed brush or diamond wheel with rough edges to remove the upper dermal skin layers. It is designed for resurfacing the skin and removing or reducing the depth of acne scars. This procedure actually causes your skin to bleed, then as it heals new skin grows and the damaged skin is replaced.
Microdermabrasion for acne scars is a less invasive type of dermabrasion where a dermatologist or aesthetician uses a spray composed of tiny crystals to remove the top layers of skin. There is no bleeding with this procedure, and no downtime but microdermabrasion does require multiple treatments before you can see results.
3. Chemical Peels
Chemical peels for acne scars can be used to reduce the appearance of shallow acne scars. In this procedure a chemical is applied to the skin to remove its outer layer, giving it a smoother, more even appearance. Chemical peels need to be administered by a qualified dermatologist or appropriate skin treatment specialist. Depending on how strong the acid is, you may experience redness and peeling for several days after the treatment.
4. Retinoic Acid Application
Retinoic acid is a retinoid which is derived from retinol (vitamin A). All retinoids can be used in various ways for skin conditions, the most popular being anti-aging and scar reduction. For this reason, retinoic acid is used in topical creams and applied to the skin to help reduce the appearance of scar tissue resulting after trauma from wounds or pimples and acne. Retinoic acid is often used for keloid scars, which are tough, fibrous, raised scars that do not reduce over time.
5. Laser Treatment
Dermatologists and aestheticians use laser for acne scars. It is used to remove the outer layers of the skin, contour areas around acne scars, and to lighten the redness that is left around lesions after they heal. Various types of lasers are used depending on whether the acne scar is flat or raised. The skin often takes several days to heal after the treatment has been given and usually more than one treatment is required before results can be seen.
6. Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers are substances such as fat, collagen or hyaluronic acid, that are used to fill certain types of acne scars, especially those that result in a depression on the skin. These fillers eventually absorb into the skin so eventually treatment needs to be repeated. There is no downtime and you can see instant results.
7&8. Skin Grafting and Punch Excisions
Skin grafting and punch excisions are both surgical procedures that are used in more extreme cases of acne scarring to help reduce the appearance of deeply pitted acne scars. The procedure requires cutting the scar, then stitching or replacing the area with a skin graft taken from another area of the body. Healing takes time and a smaller scar is usually left.
These treatments are all specialized procedures that need to be carried out by an experienced practitioner or qualified specialist, and only under more extreme circumstances. There are associated benefits as well as risks and possible side-effects involved with all treatments listed in this article that shows you how to get rid of acne scars.
We always recommend doing your research, getting professional advice from more than one practitioner, and finding out the exact treatment plan and costing ~ including any follow up visits, medications and after-care topical treatments that may be required. Find out this information BEFORE you commit to any of these procedures. Always use common sense and consult with a parent or loved one for a second opinion before receiving any treatment.