Acne is an extremely common condition that most people will deal with in the course of their lives. With some people, acne can be particularly problematic, especially during puberty. The onset of acne, technically known as acne vulgaris, is caused by a number of issues ranging from diet to stress to hormones. With persistent acne or severe cases of acne, scarring can occur that will disfigure or damage skin. Fortunately, acne scar treatment is available.
Even with the vast array of topical creams and over-the-counter products that are available, acne can be persistent and stubborn, and successful treatment that removes acne may still leave acne scarring. Even if you were careful not to touch your acne outbreaks and were studious with your treatment, acne can lead to scarring and skin inflammation that damages the collagen layer.
Acne scars are mostly shallow and atrophic, meaning they look like sunken recesses in the skin. There are various shapes to acne scars, like a boxcar and an ice-pick shape, which appears narrow and deeper. Changes in skin pigmentation called hyperpigmentation may also occur in patients with darker skin tones, whereas lighter skin tones may experience redness.
Some acne scar treatment options are chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and laser skin treatments. Each of these types of treatments works on the skin to reduce to appearance of acne scars.
A procedure like microdermabrasion works on the skin’s surface to remove old, dead skin layers to lighten acne scarring. Treatments like laser skin resurfacing penetrate deeper into the skin and work to stimulate to production of collagen in the skin to promote healing. Each procedure has its pros and cons, and there is no such thing as one-size-fits-all acne scar treatment.
Consult with experienced plastic surgeons like Drs. Burton and Reps Sundin to learn more about acne scar treatment.