Acne scars are painful; not only do they hurt physically; they also cause depression and low self-esteem. The problems that were caused by acne in a person’s teenage years can continue to cause them grief all the way into adulthood through the scars. Acne scar treatment is important to help restore the individual’s self-confidence and self-esteem.
Take the Example of 34-year-old Janet McGrath…
This Las Vegas graphics designer was tortured by her scars. Her problems with the condition sent her into a depression. After receiving treatment for her depression over six months; reality set in. She realized they were not just going to go away. The acceptance of her reality helped her realize something else; the acne scars may not go away by themselves but that didn’t mean she couldn’t do something about it. She looked for an appropriate acne scar treatment and a year after starting the treatment; Janet was looking and feeling better. Her major scarring is gone and the scars had minimized. According to Janet in that one year, her face has gone from looking like the moon’s surface to the surface of a dirt track. If you picture that, you’d know that that was indeed a remarkable improvement.
The Two Kinds of Acne Scars
Noted Dermatologist Andrew Waite says he sees a lot of acne sufferers who come to him for post-inflammatory pigmentation. This is a common problem with scars. Even after the acne has healed, there continues to be redness, swelling and pain.
Scars from acne are typically one of the following two types:
Ice pick scars - the most common type of scarring. These are caused by the loss of tissue from acne flare-ups. These are the scars many people refer to as “pits”.
Keloids - these scars are caused by an overgrowth of scar tissue. They are shaped irregularly and they are the more painful of the acne scars.
Acne Scar Treatment to the Rescue
Mild acne, whcih is the acne that consists of only a few pimples sparsely scattered, usually does not cause the skin to scar. It is only the harsher form of cystic acne that leaves the physical and mental scars. The first step in fighting the scars and the despair is to identify the kind you have.
Acne scar treatment for milder scarring would usually involve the simple application of some type of topical ointment whereas more severe scarring may need laser therapy, dermabrasion or even skin grafts.
- Dermabrasion - The most intense scars may have to be treated with dermabrasion. In this therapy, the first few layers of scar tissue and skin are essentially “scrubbed off”. Because it is an agonizingly painful procedure, it is generally done under general anesthesia. It can take several months to heal from dermabrasion and the skin will be sore for a while. It may be worth it for someone who otherwise would have had a life-long condition. This acne scar treatment procedure however does not work on ice pick scars.
- Laser Therapy - Laser therapy uses carbon dioxide to remove layers of skin. The recovery is much the same as with dermabrasion.
- Chemical Peeling - Peeling is another treatment available for removing milder scars.