Six of the best treatments for acne scars
Acne can be hard to live with at any age, but even more so if you’re well into adulthood. And to make things worse, it’s a tricky one to treat.
Acne is a multifactorial condition. Not caused by one thing, but the interplay of several. That can include hormone changes, genetics, some cosmetics – and good old-fashioned stress.
So you beat acne by giving it a taste of its own medicine. A multi-faceted approach that gives the underlying causes nowhere to hide.
Oral and topical medications help stop hormonal triggers and reduce lesions. Combine these with a good skincare routine – and lifestyle changes to detox and de-stress – and that active acne starts looking more lethargic.
But how about the scars?
Treatments for acne scars work best when blended too. These treatments give good results on their own – but better ones as part of a combined regime:
6 Top Treatments for Acne Scarring
1. Laser Resurfacing
Best for shallower scars, CO2 Fractional Laser Resurfacing is great for lighter skin – as long as you can handle some down time.
If scars are mild, only one treatment’s usually needed. But the sunburn-style redness afterwards can take up to 3 weeks to settle. You may also have pinpoint bleeding and mild swelling for a couple of days.
If you also have deeper ice-pick scars, laser resurfacing works well in combination with punch excision for a better all-round result.
2. Radiofrequency Treatment
Radiofrequency treatments like eTwo Skin Resurfacing are good if you
Treatment works on two levels. First, by resurfacing the top layer of skin to target superficial scarring.
And second, by stimulating production of elastin, collagen and hyaluronic acid in the deeper layers – harnessing the skin’s natural healing power to improve depressed scars.
3. Dermal Fillers
Depressed acne scars can be treated very well with injections of filler. For tethered or anchored scars, fillers are often used as part of a combined treatment plan.
First, subcision is carried out. A hypodermic needle is used to break the connective tissue tethering the scar and creating the depression. Then after, dermal fillers are used to fill in the newly released space.
Treatments are usually repeated yearly, with progressive improvements as the skin starts to ‘remember’ its natural untethered state.
Sculptra is a specialist filler that can improve depressed scars both immediately and over the long term.
Once injected, it’ll plump up scars straight away. Then over the weeks and months that follow, the poly-L-lactic acid stimulates production of new collagen – effectively rebuilding the skin underneath the scars.
You’ll usually need at least 3 treatments for acne scars, but can expect a long-lasting improvement for up to 2 years.
Dermaroller microneedling works on the deeper layers of the skin to promote natural healing. Treatment uses superfine needles to create micro-wounds in the deep dermis. This encourages skin to produce more collagen and elastin to repair itself.
It’s best for treating depressed scars, and should produce a noticeable improvement after 6 weeks.
6. Chemical Peels & Microdermabrasion
If your scars don’t dip below the skin’s surface, a course of light chemical peels can help, which you can combine with microdermabrasion.
Peels even out skin tone and pigmentation – as well as making skin less likely to form new acne lesions.
Microdermabrasion has a gentle resurfacing action that works well in conjunction with peels, and is suitable for all skin types.
A course of 3-6 combined treatments – one every 4 weeks – should give you a good improvement, and regular top-ups will maintain results.
Want to find out more about treatments for acne scars? Call the team at Aurora Skin Clinics on 01844 318825 or fill in our contact form to book a free consultation with one of our skin experts.