Scaring from acne is more common than most people think. Below are some suggestions along with links to sites that offer help for treating acne scars.
Thanks to medical and technological advances, no one has to live with acne scarring and marks that often are left once the disorder clears. Dermatology has moved on so much. It now means this skin condition need leave no permanent psychological or visible mark on us.
This skin condition affects no less than 80% of teens and those in their early twenties. Though scarring is not always inevitable, when it does happen it can seriously damage confidence and self-esteem and has been shown to contribute to depression. It’s also unfortunate but true that the worse the skin inflammation was, the more likely it is to scar after. So those who have been hardest hit first time around suffer again after the spots have gone.
Dermatologists have developed a wide range of new, effective solutions to help you towards a scar-free face. Most treatments commence once the skin has cleared, but dermatology can resolve the disorder itself too. It’s possible therefore to clear your skin and also tackle possible permanent skin damage, in one course of treatment with one doctor.
There is no ‘one-stop solution’ with a magic formula, as everyone’s skin is different. Scarring can be early or late. It can develop on different areas of your body. Scars come in all sizes and shapes. But your dermatologist will be able to recommend a treatment that is just right for you.
A whole host of treatments are available now. If treating relatively mild scars, micro dermabrasion, laser resurfacing and chemical peels are all viable. In severer cases, the FAST technique, standing for focal acne scar treatment, has achieved excellent results. Intense heat is focused in the deep scars, to stimulate collagen production. This will fill in the dips in around fifteen minutes. Dermal fillers from fats and collagen may also be recommended.
A lot of cosmetic creams are on the market which claim to work and some may help a little. But many do not. Again, it’s always worth consulting your doctor or getting a referral to a specialist dermatologist. There are some myths to be dispelled. Recent studies have shown that Vitamin E creams may in-fact make things worse. Getting a suntan causes more skin damage and will delay healing – not aid it. Picking off scabs is probably the worst thing you can do.
Some formulations using ingredients such as tretinoin, Beta-Hydroxy Acid and Alpha-Hydroxy Acids can help the healing process. They will help the skin’s natural remodelling and reduce inflammation. A good dermatologist will discuss these and other options with you, helping you on the path to skin free of acne scarring.