Acne scars are an unfortunate consequence of suffering from acne. They can be rather cosmetically unpleasant for some people, and can cause tremendous amount of distress.
It therefore comes as no surprise that people are constantly in search of products that can get rid of acne scars naturally and effectively.
The cosmetic world has advanced tremendously in the last two decades. Home remedies are aplenty, though the medical world also has a number of different treatments that can be offered to patients. Here we shall take a brief look at these.
7 Medical treatments suitable for all skin types.
1. Laser treatments
When acne appears, it can cause tremendous amount of inflammation and pain at the local site. Upon healing, it can leave a scar which can appear like an indentation in the skin. These scars can be treated with laser treatment.
The treatment is fairly straightforward, and involves directing a laser to the scar tissue. These lasers stimulate the production of collagen in the skin, which grows over and covers the scar. This effect is seen with non-ablative lasers. On the other hand, there is another type of laser called ablative laser (such as CO2 lasers) that destroy the scar, leaving room for fresh and healthy skin tissue to grow over it. The process takes a few minutes to perform, and the scar can take a few weeks to disappear.
Dermal fillers include products such as collagen and hyaluronic acid that are natural components of skin and subcutaneous tissue. These are commercially available these days, and the results are often excellent. The procedure is fairly straightforward, and involves injecting these products under the skin in areas where there is scarring. They gently lift up the skin, smoothing out indentations and getting rid of scars.
Treatments do not take long to perform, and side effects are rare. Patients may experience a mild pain or burning sensation after the procedure, but this passes quickly. Dermal fillers are becoming a lot more popular as a treatment for acne scars. However, treatments can be expensive and effects are short-lived, requiring repeat treatments to maintain the beneficial effects.
4. Punch excision
This is a procedure where a small area of the skin with the scar is surgically removed using a biopsy kit, and the free edges of the skin are then sutured together. The skin heals naturally and the scars disappear after 4 to 6 weeks. In some cases, there might be a slight amount of scarring left back from this procedure.
5. Punch excision with skin grafting
Here, the scar tissue is surgically removed and a small amount of tissue is grafted to that area. This takes up to 2 months to heal completely. Skin is often taken from behind the ear.
6. Subcutaneous incision
This procedure involves injecting a local anesthetic agent into the skin, and then using a tiny needle to break down the fibrous bands that are present within the scar tissue. The injury that is caused stimulates the formation of new healthy tissue. Sometimes however, the healing can result in the formation of little nodules. Excessive bleeding can occur though it can be controlled by bandages.
7. Topical creams
Topical creams are often used to treat acne rather than manage scars. However, products such as Dermefface FX7 is now available that contain components within them that promote new collagen formation along with skin cell regeneration, removing scars gently and effectively.
Natural Acne Scar Treatment
There are a number of different home remedies for treating scars. Honey is a well known natural remedy, as is rose water and lemon. We have held a detailed discussion on home remedies for acne scar in another article within our site. Remember to check it out!
Acne scar treatments are many. They can be fairly difficult to treat but newer procedure and natural products can help them fade away giving the skin a smoother appearance.