Five Treatments for Acne Scars

Having acne can be frustrating, annoying and sometimes be painful. What’s worse are teh scars it can left behind. Treating acne scars from acne require proper identification and diagnosis from your dermatologist. During your consultation, he or she will recommend the proper treatment. There are three types of acne scars:

First is called “Ice Pick scars”. These are very deep holes in the skin that an ice pick may have caused, hence the name. These are the result of your skin’s sebaceous glan openings getting infected, and can be very difficult to treat.

The second type of acne scars are called “Boxcar scars”. These are broader and boxier than ice pick scars. This is the result when collagen produced by your skin is not enough to fill the wound caused by acne.

The third type of acne scars are “Rolling Scars”. Rolling scars tend to have smoother edges and look like a combination of tiny hills and valleys on your skin. Another name for them are “depressed scars”.

Here are the most common treatments for acne scars:

1. Radiofrequency treatment
– this treatment is used to treat ice pick scars, as they can be the most difficult to treat. Radiofrequency treatments help build collagen from the inside out, allowing the scars to fill in.

2. Skin grafts – for severe cases of ice pick scars, your dermatologist may recommend this intensive procedure where a piece of skin from behind the ears can be taken to fill the scar.

3. Laser Resurfacing – By creating new collagen beneath the surface of the skin, boxcar scars can be treated with fantastic results. These treatments will have to be done in a series. Getting laser resurfacing with retinoid treatments can maximze the desired results.

4. Fillers – Fillers can last up to 18 months and can help fill out the hollowness of your skin left by acne scars.

5. Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) – By creating tiny wounds on the skin, your body’s natural healing response kicks in to boost the production of collagen internally. This treatment uses your own blood’s healing factors mixed with certain skin care products. Rolling scars can be treated really well using PRP.

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