Acne often leaves not only a lot of bad memories but also some quite visible scars and marks. Many adolescents and adults want to get rid of them as quickly as possible. But here is an important thing – acne scars cannot be eliminated overnight. It is important to skip all those “magic pills” and to choose a safe and proven method or a combination of methods. And to be patient.
The first thing you need to do is to cure the acne breakouts plus stick to the preventative skin care routine prescribed by your dermatologist. There are few reasons for acne breakouts:
It is necessary to seek the assistance of a dermatologist to find out what lies behind acne breakouts. Only after proper diagnosis, the treatment would be correctly targeted and thus efficient.
Scars usually appear after severe forms of acne. But sometimes even an “average” breakout could leave an unwanted mark.
Acne damages the skin by disrupting the collagen. As a result, two types of acne scars can appear:
1) Hypertrophic scars appear when too much collagen builds up. As a result, a person gets some bulges on skin surface;
2) When there is not enough collagen in the skin, a pitted scar may appear. Such atrophic scars are most common and are more difficult to treat.
There are several treatments that work for post-acne.
1) Laser treatments;
2) Chemical peels;
3) Mechanical peels (e.g. microdermabrasion)
4) Filler injections;
5) Minor skin surgeries.
Lasers and peels promote collagen production and make skin surface smoother. Dermal fillers work as a perfect quick fix for atrophic scars, although they could not deliver significant long-term results. Some most severe scars might require surgical reopening.
Combination of these treatments performed by skilled dermatologist could give you impressive results. Your skin will look fresh and healthy. But it’s important to remember, that the sooner you start treatment, the better results it could deliver (the same is true for treating acne itself).
It’s also important to note that there are no OTC products for post-acne treatment with proven efficiency at the moment. If you see one, and you want to give it a chance, always check what background stands behind advertising claims or consult your dermatologist.
Some researches claim that microneedling could improve acne scarring, but if you have a history of keloids, this treatment 100% does not suit you. In other cases, it’s better to seek an expert advice from a dermatologist before you get this treatment in hope to get rid of acne scars.
If you suffer from acne, it’s important to take measures for sun protection, especially if you live in Florida. Otherwise, scars might become discolored and even more visible. Just to remind, the key tips for sun protection are:
If you’re looking for how to get rid of acne scars in the Celebration area, we welcome you to schedule an appointment at our office. Our experts will provide the detailed consultation for safe acne and post-acne treatments that fit your skin needs and peculiarities.
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