While acne itself is a frustrating condition, it can leave a footprint long after it’s gone in the form of acne scars. These shallow pits can continue to be an eyesore, at Heler skin hair and lifestyle clinic we offers a variety of acne scar treatment options to help patients find relief. From laser resurfacing to dermatological peels we can help find the perfect non-invasive treatment for you. With our comprehensive, hands-on approach, you can enjoy among the best acne scar treatment available. Acne scar treatment options
At the Heler skin hair and lifestyle clinic, we use a combination of lasers like the ablative fractional CO2 and a non-ablative fractional ResurFx to help you erase those indomitable scars.Your acne scar treatment begins with a thorough consultation so our practitioners can determine which treatments will best suit your needs.
How acne scars occur
Acne occurs when skin pores become filled with oil, dead skin cells and bacteria. The pores become inflamed and eventually burst. If the pore wall bursts deeper in the skin, the infected debris leaks into the deep tissues, which creates larger lesions. Scarring occurs as the body creates collagen to repair the damage. Depending on skin type and other factors, the scarring can be relatively shallow and easy to correct. Where ruptures occur deep in the pore, scarring is more severe. The healing process creates significant changes in the texture and smoothness of the skin forming deep depressions or giving the skin a rolling wave-like appearance.
There are two categories of scarring; one type adds tissue, the other type forms around lost tissue.
Hypertrophic scarring is the result of excessive collagen production during healing. Raised bumps or ridges around scars are the result of this over production of healing fiber. Atrophic scarring occurs as tissue is lost in healing.
Common forms of atrophic scarring are ‘ice pick’ and ‘boxcar’ scars. Ice pick scarring creates tiny holes in the skin, while boxcar scars are larger with vertical sides comparable to chicken pox cars.
Your acne scar treatment plan will be customized to address your unique skin landscape. Understand that the deeper more extensive scars will take several treatments and a healthy dose of patience while the skin heals. Superficial scarring will require patience as well. Treatments such as a chemical peel or a laser resurfacing both remove the damaged tissue, allowing the body to replace it with healthy smooth tissue.
Preventing acne scars
For patients who currently have acne, the best treatment for acne scars is preventing them before they occur. Below are two factors that make acne worse and may contribute to scarring once the acne is gone.
- Sun exposure. For both acne and acne scars, direct sunlight can prolong the condition and often make it worse. It is wise to avoid the sun during its peak hours, especially between 10am and 4pm. Sunscreen, hats and other forms of protection are recommended.
- Picking and squeezing. While it’s certainly tempting to pop that whitehead, it actually causes further disturbance to the skin. This results in inflammation and collagen loss, which prevents the skin from healing as it should. Additionally, popping a pimple causes the spread of bacteria deeper into the skin.