Having acne is one thing but having acne scars is another thing. They are a constant reminder of how your skin looks like. These scars can be upsetting to someone and bring down his/her self-esteem.
Acne affect people from all ethnicities but when it comes to treating acne scars different strategies are applied. This is because not all treatments work on all the ethnicities. Different ethnicities require different treatments or optimal results. Let’s take a look at the best acne scar removal treatment for Asian skin.
Asian skin has higher collagen density, a thick dermis, and more melanin and sebum secretion. This makes it more prone to abnormal scar formation. Scars can lead to hypertrophic scarring with a long inflammation period. In Asian skin after the blemishes have healed post inflammatory hyperpigmentation can easily occur. This are the dark patches left on the skin by melanin when damaged.
Not all acne scar treatments work on Asian skin but here are some that do:
Chemical peels soften the appearance of acne scars on Asian skin by removing the old dead skin cells which are usually on the surface of the skin. This in turn promotes new cell growth.
Microneedling with Radiofrequency
Microneedling with radiofrequency uses energy instead of light and helps to remodel the collagen which significantly reduces the appearance of acne scars. Heat from radio waves and the pulse of energy together with microscopic needles penetrate the skin breaking up the scar tissue while remodeling it at the same time. This type of treatment works really well in the Asian skin as the energy waves target the deeper layers. Acne scars have significantly improved by 75% after about 3-4 sessions.
CO2 Laser Resurfacing
Using carbon dioxide lasers for skin resurfacing is a common method used to treat acne scars in Asian skin types. The epidermis is destroyed by CO2 laser resurfacing but in a controlled way exposing the dermis which is the deeper part of the skin. The dermis is heated by the laser which aids the collagen production. From this new skin which is softer and has less scarring forms.
Collagen Stimulation and Subcision
In this type of treatment collagen stimulation (Poly-L-Lactic Acid) is injected into the skin surface where a depression has just been created by a hypodermic needle. Subsicion severs the fibrous attachments below the scar at the subdermal level thereby lifting up the scar and inducing the connective tissue formation through normal physiological healing.
Also avoiding picking at the scars really helps with the healing process.