Acne scars can reduce self-confidence. The discoloration and scars they leave behind can be more than an inconvenience. Our confidence, well-being, and quality of life can be impacted. There is a difference between discoloration and scars that you should know. A result of inflammation is discoloration, which amps up pigment production and creates tiny blood vessels. Signifying that there is no permanent damage to the skin it may appear as pink or dark marks that are smooth and flat. Discoloration has little treatment but acne does. Today, we at Skin & Body Refinery would like to offer recommendations for managing acne scars.
What are the Different Types of Acne Scars?
When there is damage to the skin which leads to abnormal collagen production, acne scars are formed. It can also appear raised and bumpy, though they usually leave a depression in the skin. There are different categories of scars, which are listed below.
Rolling scars: Broad depressions that have rounded sloping edges.
Keloid scar: Raised, dense, thick, and rubbery
Ice-pick scars: Appear similarly to large scooped out pore.
Hypertrophic scar: Pigmented and raised.
Boxcar scars: With steep defined edges, these are rectangular depressions.
It tends to be more severe and longer lasting for people with medium to dark complexions, though discoloration will fade on its own over time within months, to even years. Depending on the type of scar, acne scars are difficult to treat, and treatment outcome varies. Dermal fillers, laser skin resurfacing, and microneedling are included with treatment options.
To create new collagen, microneedling is the insertion of very fine short needles into the skin from 0.5 to 2.5 millimeters. Acne scars, texture, and pore size can be improved with this. To see the best results, microneedling must be done in a series of treatments. Before treatment which makes the treatment comfortable, a topical numbing cream is applied. It is recommended for six or more treatments spaced one month apart. Microneedling involves some downtime ranging from 3-5 days. The skin is pink and tender and requires special care, during this time. Microneedling can be used on all skin types.
Those that have resulted in a depressed appearance of the skin, hyaluronic acid-based filler can be used to “fill” certain types of acne scars. To maintain results, dermal fillers are temporary and repeat treatments every 6-12 months will be necessary. Before the treatment, a topical numbing cream is applied, which makes it comfortable. This treatment a great choice for those looking for improvement without the need to take time away from their busy life since there is no downtime.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
To encourage new collagen and replace old skin cells with new healthy skin, skin resurfacing involves the ablation. Acne scars, texture, and pore size are improved. In a series of treatments for the best recommended results is how treatment needs to be done. It is recommended to have a least six treatments spaced one month apart, a topical numbing cream is applied before treatment which makes the treatment more comfortable. Laser skin resurfacing has some downtime ranging from 3-5 days. The skin will be red and sore and feel like a sunburn during the first day or two. Lighter skin colors are safely treated. To ensure laser skin resurfacing is the best choice, darker skin colors require a test patch. It’s important to see what you can do to reduce their appearance and improve your confidence and feel great about yourself.
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If you want to improve acne scars call Skin and Body Refinery for a consultation and we can find the best treatment for your individual circumstances.