Scar Basics: How to Get Rid of Acne Scars
One of the most common acne questions asked, other than how to conceal, is how to get rid of acne scars. To find the best way to fade or permanently remove these distressing marks, it is important to understand that there are different types of acne scars and they require different treatment.
Early Acne Scars
The scars that form soon after a pimple or cyst heal can be referred to as early acne scars. These are not scars in the true sense, but an inflammation that remains for a time after a pimple is gone. It is red and may have a slight swelling in the place where you had the pimple.
Because of the swelling, some people think that part of the pimple is still there in the form of a cyst, but this is not the case. There is no need to go on treating the area with anti acne creams, and creams could actually over dry the skin at this point and slow down healing. Early acne scars are just inflammation which will pass naturally. Depending on your skin and the severity of the acne, the redness can take 1 week to 1 year to fade.
How to Treat Early Acne Scars:
While time and patience is your best ally, using topical retinoids such as Retin-A can speed up the skin’s healing process. These types of creams, as well as others that you dermatologist may recommend, can be a useful treatment for early acne scars. Antioxidant creams may also help the healing process.
More Serious Post Acne Scars
Most acne marks should have faded completely by the end of 12 months. If acne scars remain after one year, then these are true scars. The more serious acne scars take the form of pitted scars, boxcar scars, and ice pick scars. There usually require surgical treatment to smooth the skin and fade additional pigmentation. Medical treatments typically take the form of skin resurfacing, which is recommended to get rid of acne scars for many people.
How to Get Rid of Serious Acne Scars:
Skin resurfacing treatments for acne scars can take several forms.
1. Collagen injections
These injections smooth the skin by plumping up the area right under the scar. This treatment is often used for boxcar type scars, the round or oval scars that have clear edges and are usually less than 0.5 mm deep. Collagen treatment is also used to smooth out wrinkles in older people.
2. Laser resurfacing
Here the scar tissue is burned away with a carefully targeted laser so that healthy skin can form in its place.
This treatment removes the scar tissue with a fast spinning wire brush.
This treatment uses a chemical peel to remove the top layers of skin and is most useful for superficial scars.
All of the last three options will cause the skin to look red for a while until the new, healthy skin forms in place of the scar. Ask your dermatologist about the effects of each treatment.
There are a few acne scars that cannot be treated with skin resurfacing. Most of these are what are called ice pick acne scars. These are narrow, sharp scars, usually less than 2 mm wide, that can go quite deep into the skin. They make the skin look like it has been punctured with a small ice pick. These scars are often too deep for skin resurfacing or dermabrasion to be effective, so there is no easy treatment. The scar must be left to perhaps heal in time, or in some cases it can be hidden. However, an ice pick acne scar that never heals is unusual.
Most acne scars heal by themselves and if they do not, surgical procedures are usually effective. Some patience is required, but in the end it is almost always possible to get rid of acne scars.
The following are a few of the top-rated scar removal products from SkinStore.com. Note that these work best on early acne scars. Also, the sooner you use them after the blemish has completely healed the better. However, if the blemish isn’t healed yet some of these could be irritating – such as ones containing any type of acid.
Try a product like one of the above first. If that doesn’t work after a few months of following the directions, head to your dermatologist for a consultation on other treatments.
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