Once acne has healed, we throw a celebration in our heads because we do not have to deal with it anymore. But that celebratory mood is cut short because we discover that we have been left with acne scars. That is extremely unfair considering all the time and money, not to mention the effort that we have put in only to get rid of those zits.
Types of Acne Scars
Did you know that there are different types of acne scars, and we need different treatments for eliminating them? Here is a list of them and what you probably did not know about acne scar treatments for different types of scars:
They also appear as depressed and form when little collagen is produced during wound healing. Generally, we use energy-based skin resurfacing laser, an ultrasound device, or radiofrequency to eliminate these scars. These treatment methods create new collagen underneath the skin’s surface.
Ice Pick Scars
These scars are very deep, and they occur due to infection of the sebaceous gland opening on the skin. Treatment starts with excising the scar and suturing the defect closed. This type of treatment works only on selected cases. In other cases, we can use skin grafts to fill the scars. Later, a laser or radiofrequency device is used to smooth the skin’s surface.
They have smooth edges, and they look like tiny valleys and hills. We can treat them with microfat injections, followed by microneedling with PRP platelet-rich plasma.
These are discolorations or dark spots caused by acne-related inflammation. Treatment for these scars includes four percent hydroquinone and sunblock.
These are reddish or pinkish scars that are raised. We can treat these scars by injecting steroids to flatten them. Moreover, we can also use pulsed dye laser or cryosurgery to eliminate such scars.
These are scars that are combined. For example, you might have a boxcar scar next to an ice pick above another pale or reddish scar. In this case, we need multiple treatments because these are different types of scars. Candidates also require patience when undergoing the treatments because it can take up to a year to see about 50% of the results.
Tips About Treating Acne Scars
Below are some practical tips about treating acne scars:
- Picking acne scars makes them worse. Everybody knows that picking or squeezing pimples is not good. It is also the same for acne scars – picking on them will only irritate the skin making the healing process longer. In worse cases, it can even cause an infection.
- Scrubbing them will not make them go away or look better. Scrubbing your face will not stimulate your skin to produce new skin and eliminate acne scars. You have to wash your face daily for health purposes but do not overdo it because it can trigger new skin problems.
- Acne scars and acne marks are two different things. Severe acne causes acne scars, and they indent. On the other hand, acne marks occur but leave the skin smooth and fade with time on their own.
- Prevention is the best form of treatment. Avoid popping the zits or squeezing them, as these put you at a greater risk of acne scars. Also, the earlier you treat your acne, the better.
These are some facts that should enlighten you about acne. You can also read a related article on 7 popular acne scar treatments. If you want to eliminate acne scars, get in touch with an expert.