Acne Scar Healing

Methods of removing acne scarsCure Acne Image

Many people suffer from Acne is a skin condition during their adolescent years. Some adolescents experience minor acne during puberty while others suffer with acne for most of their lives, going well beyond their 20th and even 30th birthday. If you find yourself on this site, you probably already know that acne comes in many forms and ranges in severity from minor skin blemishes to whiteheads, blackheads and pustules that sometimes develop into acne scars. All scars result from a wound or injury and acne scars are no different.  Acne scars can occur when inflamed blemishes become engorged with excess oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria. The pore swells, causing follicle wall to break. If the rupture occurs near the skin’s surface, the lesion is usually minor and will heal quickly. If more serious lesions spring up and there is a deep break in the follicle wall, the infected material may spill out into the dermis, destroy healthy skin tissue and leave a scar.

There are various methods to approach reducing the severity of acne scars.  Some methods can be considered home remedies, while the most effective will require a consultation with a dermatologist.  It is said that acne scar healing is not actually a matter of life or death, but the emotional scars that may accompany acne scars make seeking a way to reduce them of the utmost necessity.  Acne scar healing may be a first step on the journey to heal a self-consciousness that may have developed during initial acne outbreaks.  I myself suffered from acne for many years until I found a top-notch dermatologist who aggressively treated my acne.  Once my skin was clear, he treated the leftover scarring with laser treatments and chemical peals.  These treatments are usually not covered under insurance plans, their rationale being that the scars do not directly affect any bodily function and do not threaten the physical health of the person. Of course, insurance companies are overlooking the psychological issues regarding acne scar healing which can be debilitating for many sufferers. Let me tell you from experience that acne scar healing should be considered a regular course of action in overall acne healing.

Methods to Reduce Acne Scars:

Dermabrasion

Dermabrasion is a surgical procedure used to “refinish” skin so that any irregularities on the surface of the skin are smoothed out.  Dermabrasion is a mechanical procedure that uses a hand-held device to remove the top layers of the skin and may require general or a local anesthesia, depending on what area are treated. The treatment itself can last between a few minutes and two hours.  Of course, this depends on the depth and area of the skin resurfacing. A Dermabrasion treatment will leave the skin red, swollen and extremely sensitive for about 10 days. Dermabrasion can also offer visible improvement by treating deep wrinkles, scars, and hyperpigmentation.

Microdermabrasion ImageMicrodermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is much less invasive and therefore can be performed in a beauty center.  In fact, Microdermabrasion is becoming a favorite spa treatment often offered with facial packages.  Consumers can also now treat themselves at home using a personal home micro Dermabrasion kit.  A doctor can also perform Microdermabrasion in their office using a sandblaster-like hand-held device to spray and circulate high-pressure flow of aluminum oxide crystals onto the skin. The used crystals and dead skin cells are then vacuumed back into the Microdermabrasion machine, leaving the skin clean and smooth.  This can be performed as a “lunchtime” procedure.

Both Microdermabrasion and Dermabrasion utilize the same general idea of resurfacing the topmost layer of skin to decrease the look of acne scars. Dermabrasion and Microdermabrasion, both require multiple treatments usually paced about 6 weeks apart.  This being the case, Microdermabrasion and Dermabrasion can be expensive, but the results may be worth the cost.

Chemical Peel

The concept around healing acne scars actually involves “re-wounding” the skin and then allowing the body’s natural healing process to kick in and fill the scars in.  This is especially true that chemical peel treatments that use rough chemicals to shed the top layer of skin to make clear and visible new skin with less of the scarring.

Here are the types of Chemical Peels:

Alpha hydroxy acid peels (AHA)Chemical Peel Image
Employs naturally occurring organic carboxylic acids such as glycolic acid, a natural component of sugar cane juice and lactic acid, a component of sour milk and tomato juice.  It is also considered the mildest form of chemical peel used in the treatment of acne, acne scarring, tiny wrinkles, and uneven pigmentation. An alpha hydroxy peel may take multiple treatments for the sought after results

Beta hydroxy acid peels (BHA)
This type of peel has the ability to go penetrate deeper into the layers of the skin. A BHA peel control oil, reduce acne and clear dead skin cells more proficiently than AHAs

Jessner’s peel
Jessner’s peel is a peeling agent formulated with a combination of Resorcinol, Lactic Acid and Salicylic Acid for a medium to deep strength peel.  It is recommended that only those who have experience other forms of chemical peels use a Jessner’s peel.  Jessner’s peels go to the deeper, dermis level of skin and cause new fibroblasts and collagen to develop.  It will then puff out the lines and wrinkles caused by aging. Jessner’s peel, like AHA and BHA peels, is a progressive treatment that requires multiple applications.   At home remedies can be purchased online or administered in a doctor’s office or skin spa.

Retinoic acid peel
This type of facial peel can only be performed in the office of a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist.  It is an extremely deep peel that requires the patient to be put under mild anesthesia. Usually used to smooth out deep acne scars, this peel is very effective and will therefore require a few days to heal from this procedure.

Trichloroacetic acid peels (TCA)

TCA peels are the preferred chemical peel for those with darker-skin. It is an intermediate to deep peeling agent and like many treatments of acne scarring, Trichloroacetic acid peels require repeat treatment to maintain results.

Phenol peel
A Phenol peel s the strongest of the chemical peel solution, producing the deepest skin peel.  The great news about a phenol chemical peel is that the effects are long lasting, and in some cases are still readily evident up to 20 years after the procedure.  For the patient, skin improvements from a phenol peel can be quite dramatic. A desired result is usually achieved after a single treatment.

Laser
Laser resurfacing is a procedure microscopic pulses of light wounds the skin, taking away its uppermost layer and causing the body’s natural healing mechanisms to kick in to generate new, smoother skin.  Like the other remedies for reducing acne scarring, laser resurfacing prompts the formation of new skin, which diminishes the appearance of the scar.  Laser resurfacing can cost around $2,500 for a package and may require up to 3 or more treatments.  New laser technologies are being developed all the time and some can now actually be found in skin-spa environment.

Fillers
Used primarily for deep scars, fillers such as collagen or fats are injected into the scar left by acne. The downside of this method is that it is a temporary solution.  In as little as six weeks the injected collagen or fat is absorbed into the body and the individual is left with hollow scars again. Injecting more is basically safe and can be done as soon as the collagen or fats goes away.

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