Scars from acne can seem like double punishment — first you had to deal with the pimples, now you have marks as a reminder. Most serious scarring is caused by the more severe forms of acne, with nodules more likely to leave permanent scars than other types of acne.
Acne scars is a sequel to untreated or improperly treated acne, which could have been prevented by a correct, timely treatment. These scars disfigure your face for the whole life. A lot of patients of acne coming to us do have concomitant scarring. We, at Appleskin clinic, have treated thousands of such patients successfully.
The best approach is to get treatment for acne soon after it appears to prevent further severe acne and more scarring. If scars are forming then a person’s acne needs to be under control before scars can be treated.
Acne scars take two forms:
- scars with a gradual dip or depression (sometimes called “rolling” scars)
- scars that are deep and narrow
Scarring may sometimes be affiliated with pigmentation as well. People with deeper skin tones may also notice darkening (or hyperpigmentation) within the scars, while people with lighter skin tones may show redness (or erythema) within the scars.
Treating Early Acne Scars:
The post-inflammatory changes caused by acne are part of the skin’s natural healing process. There are certain practices and medications that can help facilitate this healing process.
Unprotected exposure to the sun causes more skin damage and delays healing, therefore wearing a good sunscreen is important.
- Using tretinoin(Retin-A, Renova, Avita) speeds up the skin’s remodeling process and helps heal post-inflammatory changes.
- Appropriate formulations of Alpha-Hydroxy Acids(AHAs) and Beta-Hydroxy Acid (BHA) that contain the correct concentrations and are at the appropriate pH also help the skin’s remodeling process.
- Picking at scabs should be avoided at all costs. Scabs form to protect the healing process that is going on underneath them. Pulling a scab off before it is ready interferes with the healing and remodeling process, prolonging the time that post-inflammatory changes will be visible.
There are many safe & effective techniques to deal with this problem. Treatment is individualized depending upon the nature of scars & type of skin:
- Fractional Laser
- Subcutaneous Incision
- Skin Boosters
- Laser Resurfacing
- Chemical peeling
- Surgical techniques