Acne Scars can be bothersome and a hassle to cover up. But, where do they come from and how can we stop spending so much time trying to cover them up? Scarring can appear through pigmentation and trauma to a inflamed cysts or nodules. Unfortunately, many people pick at acne, causing the scarring. Once the scar has been brought to the surface of the skin and is visible, the best treatment comes from prevention and trying to lighten the scars.
1) Laser/Filler Treatment
If your scarring doesn’t seem to be going away on it’s own, visit a dermatologist. Dermatologists can use techniques such as laser skin resurfacing which uses laser technology to even out the skin surface and form new collagen (the protein that builds up skin). Similarly, filler injections can help fill in the indentations of deep scarring. However, it should be noted that fillers need to be repeated every 4-6 months.
2) Stay Out Of The Sun
Whether you have visited a dermatologist or not, remember to stay out of the sun. Exposing scarring to the ultraviolet rays stimulates melanocytes (cells that produce pigment) and causes the scars to darken–slowing the healing process. Before going out in the sun, apply sunscreen of at least SPF 30 and try to cover the scarring with protective clothing such as long-sleeve linen shirts and pants and wide-brimmed hats.
Possibly the best way to treat scarring is through prevention and acne treatments. There are many over the counter products that can be used. For more treatments, you can visit your dermatologists for cleansers, washes, and topical ointments that can help resolve blemishes. Another important prevention method is to remember to wash your face, especially after working out, sweating, or wearing makeup.
4) Punch Excision
While this may be a last resort method, punch excision is also an option. Ice pick acne scare can be difficult to heal on their own. A doctor or dermatologist would address these scars with a simple excision and sutured closure. The dermatologist will then bring the dermis back together and close up the area in a linear fashion. The linear scar will fade on its own in time, but will still cause minor scarring they may need to be addressed by treatments such as chemical peels or laser resurfacing.
Acne scars can be difficult to treat. The best option is to visit a dermatologist before scarring begins to address acne before it scars–prevention is key. However, if scars are already prominent, a dermatologist can also help lighten and heal the scar in a timely manner without the hassle of trying to hide or protect the scar.