Acne can be an irritating and troublesome condition. Sometimes it doesn’t matter how well you treat your skin; acne can be caused by hormones that you cannot control. After acne diminishes, acne scars can appear and can be even more frustrating than the acne itself.
Just like anywhere else on the body, when we get injured, our skin heals itself and can leave unwanted scars. Acne scars that appear as dark spots are known as acne marks and can disappear with time. Other acne scars can be extremely deep and leave holes in the skin (ice pick and boxcar scars) and can be exceedingly hard to clear.
It is commonly known that picking or popping pimples can cause scars, that’s not the leading cause. Acne scars can be caused by inflamed pores that damage the skin tissue. Whiteheads or blackheads rarely result in scarring, but acne cysts and nodules can leave severe skin damage. Picking and popping your pimples can delay the healing process and sometimes leave hyperpigmentation (acne marks) in its place.
Even with expensive products and a consistent and healthy skin care routine, acne scars can still stay present on the skin. Thankfully, there are medical aesthetic treatments that are offered that can help clear up acne scars in no time! Try one of these treatments and walk away with stunning and flawless skin.
Microneedling is a treatment that uses 12 tiny little needles to fracture the skin to help produce collagen. This treatment is ideal for acne scars because it creates new skin cells and reduces blemishes. The treatment has little downtime required, and only 4-6 sessions are needed to promote better-looking skin!
Microneedling is a treatment that should always be done in a cosmetic clinic. “Derma Rolling” is also a type of Microneedling that can be done from home using a Derma Roller. Derma Rolling is not recommended because it can be unsanitary and can lead to infections, which can leave your acne scars looking much worse.
PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma)
Notoriously known as the “Vampire Facial”, PRP is a treatment done to help rejuvenate the skin by using your blood. A nurse or doctor draws your blood and removes the white and red blood cells and then reinjects it into the face. What is left of the blood is known as “plasma” which helps promote healing and support cell growth. This treatment is extremely efficient and has excellent effectiveness for deep scaring. You will see the best results three months after treatment.
Chemical peels are a fantastic way to target both acne and acne scarring. Using trichloroacetic acid (TCA), the peel is applied to the face for a short period. The substance will cause your face to peel which will reveal a fresh layer of skin and produce elasticity and collagen. Using chemical peels, the treatment speeds up the natural shedding process to reveal brighter skin cells. Combining chemical peels with Microneedling is a terrific way to see results fast!
Which should you choose?
Using a combination of these acne treatments is a clever way to achieve the best and fastest results. All of these treatments are excellent options to get your best skin possible! Book a consultation to figure out which is right for you.