As if acne isnt bad enough, the acne scars left behind can take months or years to heal. Acne scars makes on feel self conscious about their skin as it can be challenging to conceal the uneven texture with make up.
If you think there’s no hope for stubborn scars, think again. There are many treatments that can help reduce these scars while regaining your self confidence.
Why do some people have acne scars while some people don’t?
It can be due to genetics factor or more commonly, age. Scarring tends to happen more as the skin loses collagen with age. The skin loses the ability to repair on its own when there is less production of collagen.
Acne scars result from a complex and abnormal inflammatory response, which results in poor wound healing. If you experience inflamed cystic acne, chances of scarring will also be higher than comedonal acne.
Not all acne scars are the same.
The most common type of acne scar is rolling scar. They’re shallow and wide with sloping edges. This type of scar can become more obvious and/or severe as you get older, when your skin loses its natural elasticity.
Ablative lasers emits high-energy light that removes the outer layers of skin and stimulates collagen production in inner layers of skin.
Dermal fillers can also be used for these scar to plump and lift the area resulting in a more even finish.
Rejuran S Treatment is specially developed to treat acne scars. It contains Polynucleotides which are DNA fragments that help repair damaged cells.
Box scars have sharper edges, unlike the rounder, softer edges of rolling scars. Box scars look almost like someone pushed their fingernail directly into your skin. This depression in your skin holds scar tissue that becomes pulled downward into the rest of the skin.
Subcision involves a procedure done by doctor using a sharp needle underneath the surface of your skin to break up that tough scar tissue.
Collagen-boosting laser treatments are also used in conjunction with these treatments to encourage the skin to produce collagen and naturally “re-plump” itself.
Rejuran S also creates a scaffold that allow more fibroblasts to stimulate production of collagen for acne scar improvement.
Ice pick scars are typically narrow yet deep, and are usually the result of cystic acne — deep, infected and painful lesions.
Icepick scars can be tricky to treat with laser therapies and injection.
A popular way to treat these is with chemical peels, which will cause a controlled damage that actually causes the skin to heal itself and close the opening. However, they may irritate or worsen sensitive skin.
Punch incision procedure is also one of the more invasive treatment whereby the scar is cut out the scar followed by resurfacing of the skin.
Keloid or hypertrophied scar is a type of raised scar. It usually happens after the skin has healed after an injury. It is usually due to overgrowth of scar tissue. Keloid scars tend to be larger than the original wound itself.
Less invasive methods like silicone pads or pressure dressings can be used for fresh keloid scars.
Corticosteroid injection is commonly used to flatten keloid scars, followed by home treatments such as topical retinols to maintain the results.
In the case of very large keloids or an older keloid scar that does not respond to injection, surgical removal may be recommended. The rate of return for keloid scarring after surgery can be high.
Home Remedy for Acne Scars
Atrophic acne scars can be controlled with topical over-the-counter (OTC) retinoids, such as Differin. OTC Retinoids may promote collagen and elastin formation, thus improving appearance of scars.
Keeping acne wounds moisturised can also prevent scab formation.
Wearing sunscreen can help minimise the appearance of scars once they have healed. It also helps to prevent scar from turning brown.
Many treatments are available for acne scars but the ultimate choice depends on the types of the scar, your budget and after measuring the risks. Its more important to discuss with your practitioner to determine the best option for you.
For detailed consultation regarding your acne scars treatment, kindly contact Kaiteki at 03-79322711/ 011-33017188 to schedule an appointment.
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