Acne is often one of the worst things that a person can go through in life. It can make your self-confidence suffer. You can feel as though everyone is looking at the pimples on your face, and not really seeing you. Acne can be rough, but treatments are possible to make it so that your skin finally clears up. However, acne is the bad gift that keeps giving as severe cases can leave behind acne scars. The good news is that there are treatments available to you to remove these acne scars that serve as reminders of when your skin was bad.
What Are Acne Scars and Their Causes?
Acne scars are marks on the skin that’s left behind after acne is gone. These scars can be raised or dimple the surface. They can be large or small depending on the pimple that left it behind. The most common cause of these scars is popping pimples. Squeezing the pimple may seem like a good way to get the blemish to go away quickly, but it damages the skin. However, you may find that even though you never squeezed or popped your pimples that you still ended up with the scars. This scarring is often because of the inflammation that occurred with the blemish. The more profound and more serious the swelling of the tissues, the more likely that a scar will occur. Collagen is used by your body to repair the skin, and this repair done by your body can result in your skin not looking smooth.
In-Office Treatments for Acne Scars
There are quite a few options available for treating your acne scars with the help of a dermatologist. These include collagen-induction therapy, chemical peels, and corticosteroid injections.
Collagen-induction therapy is also known as micro-needling or needling and is used to get your body to produce more collagen. A dermatologist will use a roller that has needles studded in it to roll across and puncture the skin. The skin will heal and produce collagen helping the scars to heal. This process can take up to nine months to see results for some, but others note gradual changes before that time.
A chemical peel is a resurfacing procedure that’s often used to treat depressed, but not too deep acne scars. This procedure removes layers of skin from your face. This action gets your body to produce new skin cells and helps to smooth out the surface. This is often used for widespread acne scars that are relatively flat. This technique usually involves having a mask applied to the skin, and letting it sit before removing it.
Some doctors choose to inject medicine directly into the scar to help soften and flatten them. This procedure typically happens over several visits. These injections should be done once every couple of weeks. The dermatologist will determine a treatment schedule for your injections based on the scar themselves and any other considerations. This process can take up to six weeks to complete your treatment plan. Often, this is the choice for scars that are painful and raised. If your scars don’t respond to this treatment, surgery may be the next option available to you.
At-Home Treatments for Acne Scars
There are some at-home treatments that you can try for your acne scars, as well. Two of these options include acne scar screams and homemade scrubs for a more natural treatment out of your kitchen.
Acne Scar Creams
There are some over-the-counter acne scar creams that are available for purchase. These creams can be a good option for someone that wants to try out one to see how it will work without having to go to a doctor. These creams often help with the itch and discomfort of scars in addition to helping to flatten, shrink, and fade raised scars. One thing to keep in mind with this is that it probably won’t completely eliminate any raised scarring you have, and could irritate your skin.
There are some fun homemade recipes that you can use on your acne scars made out of ingredients you find in your kitchen. One easy scrub is to mix a small amount of lemon juice with sugar. Lemon juice is like a natural bleach for your skin, and the sugar is a light abrasive. You can rub this mix on your scars to help fade and remove them over time. Other great ingredients to experiment with for homemade scrubs include tea tree oil, honey, aloe vera, rosehip seed oil, coconut oil, cucumbers, and vitamin E.
Your acne scars are unique to you, and it may take a specific treatment to alleviate them. One of your best options is to consult with a dermatologist professional that can help you come up with a plan on how to remove your blemishes. Get the smooth skin you’ve been dreaming about since your acne went away. Contact Hecker Dermatology Group to schedule an appointment today.