Acne is the most common skin disease and the scars it leaves behind can become a source of embarrassment- no matter who you are. There was no good treatment for these scars even a decade ago but now you have options galore. However there are different types of acne scars and you need to understand the type before you even plan a treatment regime.
Have you been suffering from bouts of acne of late? Are the blemishes leaving behind ugly scars? The scars usually occur if you tend to pick on your pimples but the good news is most acne responds favorably to treatments and leaves the effected area spot-free. There could be exceptions too as sometimes healed acne does leave behind the ugly marks. If your acne is severe and inflamed then there are high chances the scars will be the there even after acne is cured. So what is the best acne scar treatment that you can count on? There are several kinds of scar removal treatment but before jumping the gun you need to act wise.
You will be mistaken if you think these treatments only removes the acne zits- they actually help in skin rejuvenation too. Before you start any kind of acne scar treatment it is critical you have a thorough discussion with your dermatologist and know about the expected outcome.
The most common acne scar treatment involves chemical peel that is used to treat small, depressed scars. It is also effective in removing the existing acne by getting rid of the comedones like the blackheads and whiteheads. If you have deep scars you may need to resort to repeated peeling to improve your skin. However if your scars are ice-pick or deep fibrotic it is better to go for other kinds of treatments as chemical peeling may not be that effective in most of the cases. Laser treatment to remove acne scars is also a good option. It is a relatively new technology that uses energy and the tissue penetrating power of different kinds of lasers to treat scars that are deep and complex. If you have irregular scarring the YAG laser is the best bet but if you want to tighten the collagen fibers of your skin the infrared beam of the carbon dioxide laser will be put to use.
Another very good acne scar treatment is dermabrasion. This is one of the most popular treatments capable of reaching the deeper layers. If you are suffering from hypertrophic scars this treatment is the best way out. Earlier ice pick scars were not treated with dermabrasion because when the top layer of the skin gets removed, wider scars of the deeper layers open up. The situation has changed and now ice pick scars are treated quite effectively with a combination of punch excision and dermabrasion.
Soft tissue augmentation is a very good acne scar treatment option if you are suffering from atrophic scars. Are you wondering how this method works? The scars will be subjected to Collagen or subcutaneous injections and this will make the scars go off making it even with your surrounding skin. If you have keloid scars then steroid injections can be a great help. So the trick lies in identifying the type of the scars- type determines the treatment.