Acne is never a pleasant experience. What’s more, if it’s particularly severe, it can leave a constant reminder that you suffered with it through acne scars. Needless to say this can make both men and women self-conscious about the appearance of their skin, which can lead to issues with self-confidence and self-esteem.
But there’s good news – you don’t have to live with acne scars, as there are now simple and effective treatments here at Skin Perfection that can dramatically improve their appearance, while improving your confidence and wellbeing. In this article, we’ll explore what causes acne scars and how our treatments work.
So why do acne scars develop? They typically occur in areas of the skin where cystic lesions have developed and healed. The actual scarring happens because acne causes collagen-damaging skin inflammation – even if areas are not touched or picked. There are three distinct types of acne scars: atrophic, which are shallow in nature; boxcar-shaped; and finally ice-pick shaped, which are narrow and deep in their characteristics. A person’s skin type can also determine the appearance of their acne scars. For example, those with deeper skin tones can experience a darkening in their scars (hyperpigmentation), while those with lighter skin tones (erythema) tend to experience redness in and around their troublesome areas.
An effective acne scar treatment is laser skin resurfacing. This procedure uses intense beams of thermal energy that deliberately target areas of damaged skin. By creating trauma to these areas of skin, new skin grows in its place – in this case without the scarring caused by acne and the accompanying pigmentation. It’s an incredibly powerful treatment that produces amazing results. The length of the procedure depends on the total area of skin that is being treated – but anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour is around average. Before proceeding with this treatment, our clinicians at Skin Perfection take the time to understand an individual’s needs and their appropriateness for laser skin resurfacing. Things that are taken into consideration include their skin tone, severity of scarring and the size of the area that needs to be treated.
If you want to improve the appearance of your acne scars, please get in touch with us and a member of our team will be happy to guide you through your best acne scar treatment options and answer any questions you might have.