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Acne Scarring and Treatments

Friday 4 August 2017

Almost everyone goes through some kind of acne during his life, whether you’re a teenager or have graduated college. You get pustules or blackheads. Whether it’s some sort of zit across both cheeks, and just one really stubborn pimple on your nose. Your mom kept telling you not to pick at it, but you picked at it anyway.

If you don’t catch it early enough, or treat it gently enough, you can end up with permanent scars. Even worse, acne scars are different than other scars. They look different, and, they often have their own complex characteristics.

Why do people scar?

Scarring tends to be genetically linked to an individual’s unique inflammation response. Those people with a “secondary inflammatory response” to trauma tend to scar, while those with a “single inflammatory response” to trauma tend not to scar. This explains why some people will scar easily and others maintain a smooth complexion even through moderately severe battles with acne.

Type of scars:

Ice pick

Ice pick scars are deep pits that are usually less than 2 mm across. They extend into the skin, giving the skin an appearance of having been punctured by an ice pick. 

Treatments that can be done

Laser

Laser Genesis skin rejuvenation treatments are safe and effective ways of treating scarring, diffuse redness, uneven texture and large pores.

Laser genesis is form of non-invasive laser therapy that uses laser technology to gently heat the different levels of the dermis. The temporary thermal treatment increase the skin’s collagen production, break down damaged capillaries and shrinks pores on the skin’s surface. The laser produces a warm, tingling sensation on the patient’s skin, which usually lasts for 30 minutes.

It’s effective for both men and women and is proven to increase an individual’s collagen production, which along with the heat generated by the treatment helps to shrink facial pores across the nose, cheeks, chin and forehead.

Boxcar

Boxcar scars are angular scars with sharp vertical edges, and resemble the scars left by chicken pox. They may be shallow or deep, and are most often found on the cheeks and temples.

Treatments that can be done

Chemical peels

A chemical peel is a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin. A chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and improve the appearance of scars.

Rolling

Rolling scars are caused by damage under the surface of the skin. They give the skin a wave-like appearance. They tend to be wide and shallow.

Treatments that can be done

Micro needling with PRP

Micro needling is based on the use of tiny needles to create micro channels (tiny holes) in the skin.  The process stimulates your skin’s natural ability to heal itself and in the process produces collagen and elastin. This repair process begins almost immediately and results in a thicker dermis and softened wrinkles or scars.

 

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