Acne Scars

If you are not one of the lucky few, it’s likely that acne has been a part of your life at some point, and it probably left you an annoying reminder – acne scars. After you’ve dealt with the acne nightmare during your teenage years, it can be disheartening to continue dealing with spots and scars on your face. These acne scars serve as a constant reminder about all the times you had those embarrassing breakouts. In some cases, acne scars fade away gradually as your skin replenishes itself. However, in the severe cases, scars and blemishes can prove to be quite stubborn. Fortunately, there are options for acne scar treatment other than having to apply a thick layer of makeup every time you go out.

What causes the scars?

Acne is caused when a hair follicle or pore on our face swells up and expands. This usually happens when dead skin cells, oil or bacteria clog up the pore, causing it to swell up and expand. As the swelling increases, the skin breaks, leaving a tear on the surface. This tear in the skin is what eventually leaves acne scars. It’s very similar to when you bruise or scratch your knee. After the wound is healed, a scar is formed in its place that fades over time. Except in the case of acne scars, the scar is very small. If you’ve gone through a period of severe acne, these small scars can really make an impact on your appearance.

If you have acne scars haunting you, you can use the following methods of treatment for acne scar removal:

  1. Over the counter products – Over the counter acne scar treatment is best for you if you have mild scars. These acne scar creams contain glycolic acid, vitamin C and retinol, all of which induce your body to produce collagen that revitalizes your skin. If the scarring situation persists, you should contact you dermatologist for prescription topical acne scar creams. Some examples of prescription creams are Tretinoin and corticosteroids.
  2. Dermabrasion – In this method of acne scar treatment, a rotating brush is used to remove the top layer of the skin. As the skin heals itself, a new, healthier layer is formed. Dermabrasion can remove the surface acne scars and somewhat fade the ones that are deeper.
  3. Laser resurfacing – This is a process where a laser is used to get rid of the top layer of the skin, much like dermabrasion, but with a laser. When the wounds heal, new skin is formed and the acne scars become less visible. The treatment can take anywhere from a few minutes to over an hour and the skin will take 3-10 days to heal.
  4. Surgery – Surgery is an option only if the acne scars are extremely severe. In this case, a small procedure, called punch excision is done, which cuts out acne scars one by one. Stitches or a skin graft will be required on top of the cuts that result from the surgery.
  5. Chemical peel - A chemical peel works by removing the top layer of your skin so that new skin can regenerate without the hyperpigmentation of acne scars. These peels are generally accompanied by a slight tingling or burning.

Acne scars are best treated as soon as the breakout is over. Acne can be quite traumatizing if not dealt with properly and so can the scars that a breakout leaves behind. Try not to aggravate the scars by exposing yourself to the sun and remember to moisturize and cleanse your skin regularly. This will keep your pores clean and will help you prevent more acne breakouts in the future.

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  1. Destinee

    I have many acne scars on my face. I want to know how to fade acne scars. I have applied many creams but they won’t go away completely. My friend told me to apply lemon juice on acne scars. I applied it and my skin started burning. I had to apply ice for such a long time to get rid of the burning sensation. This was a huge mistake. I should have asked a certified dermatologist before proceeding. I’m now considering a laser treatment to remove the acne scars on my face.

  2. Rebekah

    Can anybody tell me a way to get rid of acne scars? My husband has acne scars. They have been there for a long time and now he wants to have smooth skin. Some time back all the scars had lightened but then his skin started breaking out again and a whole new bunch of scars appeared. He has tried many home remedies to get rid of acne scars but nothing has worked. Can someone tell me how to rid acne scars which are old?

  3. Acne Scars

    I see everybody is recommending a laser procedure called Fraxel. I have had 4 sessions of Fraxel laser and I have seen a 30-40% improvement. As my dermatologist said, there are very few procedures that will reduce the look of acne scars and nothing will every completely get rid of it. He convinced me that when people look in the mirror they zoom in and concentrate on their flaws but when other people look at you they barely notice these types of imperfections. I’m happy with the result and will follow up with a maintenance treatment once per year.

  4. April

    I cant comment on the procedures mentioned above but I have been suffering from acne scars since a teenager. I had cosmetic tattooing and this is the only procedure that I found to help. This only works on the pitted acne scars that are also of different color. You need to do a search for a cosmetic tattooist. Look at some before and after photos and the result is as dramatic.

  5. Happy Bella

    I have had Fraxel for acne scars and it works but you need to have like 5 treatments. There are different types of Fraxel and you need to make sure they are using the newer one which is stronger. Even though they tell you that you need just 1 treatment a good physician will tell you that for deeper acne scars you need many treatments.

  6. Peta

    I have tried all of the procedures you have described above and none of them have improved my acne scars. I have heard about some newer fraxel like laser procedures that are meant to work wonders on scars. I need to have an appointment with a plastic suregon to see what they think but if anybody has had any results with acne scars please do share your secret.

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