Men and women who have ever suffered from the misery of acne know the trouble it causes when it leaves behind scars and marks which are very difficult to hide and remain on the skin long after your skin has recovered from acne outbreaks. Though acne scars fade by the passage of time, there are a number of treatments to speed up the process, from expensive salon treatments to ointments that can be applied at home.
There is a difference between scars and marks which needs to be acknowledged to treat the affected area effectively. Acne scars are white in color and the skin will be dented, whereas a mark that has not yet scarred will be red and irritated. A mark becomes a scar when the skin goes pale.
Experts have provided us with information on the best ways to get rid of the scars and marks.
Microdermabrasion is a process where tiny crystals are sprayed over the skin to remove the outer layer. This procedure works best for people with fair skin. If you have a darker skin tone, you need to be careful as microdermabrasion can lead to further scarring and discoloration.
You can try a home-based version of Microdermabrasion through hydra facial which involves a three-stage extraction facial which brightens and cleanses the polluted skin also.
2. Laser treatments
Laser treatments are minimally invasive techniques used to treat acne scars. The technique used is the creation of small microscopic indentations in the skin which stimulate new collagen production. Although laser treatments are an effective way of repairing damaged skin, a skin specialist should be consulted before starting your skin on these treatments.
3. Derma Fillers
Derma fillers are considered to be the number of treatment for treating acne scars. Fillers are used to smoothing unsightly dented scars. The derma filler treatments need to be repeated at regular intervals- mostly after every 6 months- to maintain the results.
4. Chemical peels
In this procedure, concentrated chemical peels are applied to the surface of the skin to remove scar cells and let new ones grow. A phenol peel is considered as the best type of peel for treating acne scars. It penetrates deep into the layers of the skin beyond the epidermis. Phenol peels should only be used by professionals’ because of its potent behavior.
5. LED facials
LED facials can be used to treat mild to severe kind of acne in adolescents and adults. This technique involves the use of non-invasive blue light which destroys the bacteria causing blemishes, hence speeding up the healing process of the irritation.
6. Exfoliating regularly
Although exfoliations do not play a role in getting rid of scars, exfoliating your skin on a regular basis does help in improving the texture and appearance of the skin’s surface and encourage new cell growth.
Bio- Oil is a home-based remedy for scarring. It is made from a blend of plant extracts and is designed to fade away the appearance of light scars such as those of acne scars and stretch marks. But, you need to be careful while using bio-oil if you are already suffering from acne, because of its oily consistency. And as we know oil is not our friend if we want acne to go away.
8. Subcision and microneedle
These techniques involve the treatment of acne from underneath the skin. Subcision uses special hypodermic needles to break scars away from the tissue underneath while radiofrequency micro needling uses radiofrequency technology to pump up the dented damaged skin.