Removing unsightly acne scars

Microdermabrasion treatmentThe scarring that acne may leave behind can be as damaging to your self-esteem as the initial acne was and, unfortunately, longer lasting.

Scarring occurs as a result of deep damage to the skin and can never be entirely eliminated however there are various solutions that will help to minimise the effect of scars, or even make them almost unnoticeable.

Acne scars will either be depressed, where there is an indentation of the skin, or raised, where the scar tissue sits outside the top layer of skin. What treatment you will need may depend on the severity of your scarring and you might even benefit from a multifaceted approach.

Topical creams and lotions for scars are available over the counter and also from your GP. These usually work by helping the skin to generate new skin cells and therefore improving the surface of the skin. For home treatments applying vinegar to the skin may help in the same way, and applying lime or lemon juice may help to reverse discolouration.

If you have tried these with little or no results then if may be that a non-invasive cosmetic procedure such as a chemical peel may help. The solution that is applied to your skin will remove the top layer, stimulating new growth and smoothing out the skin’s surface. An alternative is microdermabrasion which blasts crystals on to the face and removes the top layer that way.

An alternative but more invasive option is laser treatment, where the skin is removed via laser, and the new, less-affected skin will grow in its place.

The good news is that you can reverse the scarring effects if it is having a negative impact on the quality of your life. Discuss with your dermatologist which treatments might work best for you.

Aurora Skin Clinics offer chemical peel and microdermabrasion treatments to combat acne scarring, as well as a range of other non-surgical skin treatments to help improve the quality of your skin. For information on any of our treatments, give us a call on 01844 211777 or drop us an email to