It’s estimated that over 26 million people in North America1 are affected by acne each year. While acne generally occurs during the teenage years, the reality is that adult acne is very common. Thankfully, there are multiple products available that are formulated to help treat and prevent acne including both prescription and over-the-counter remedies. However, even if the treatments work, those affected by acne are often left with substantial scarring after their acne subsides.
There are four main types of acne scars3:
Ice Pick Scars – These are very narrow deep scars that make the skin look like it has been pierced by a sharp tool, hence the reason for the name. They are caused when an infected blemish works its way to the surface of the skin. This type of infection destroys the skin tissue and leaves a long deep and narrow scar.
Box Scars – Are responsible for the pitted appearance of round or oval depressions that scar the skin. It is a result of collagen being destroyed during an acne break out and a depression is left where the collagen was destroyed because there is nothing left to support the skin.
Rolling Scars – Create a rolling or wave type depression in the skin and are caused from fibrous bands of tissue between the skin and the subcutaneous tissue which pull the epidermis below the skin.
Hypertrophic and Keloid Scars – These are raised masses of skin tissue caused, unlike other scars, because of an over production of collagen. Hypertrophic scarring stays within the boundaries of the original area and keloid scars extend past the original acne site.
Regardless of the type of acne scar you have, we understand that this type of scarring can lead to feelings of embarrassment, frustration and can cause major psychological impacts to your social life and even impact your relationships. However, just as there is a variety of options to help treat acne, there are also many options to choose from for treating acne scars. One of the most effective means of treating acne scars is through surgery. There are multiple surgical procedures available including invasive options like collagen injections, dermal grafting, and punching. However, these treatments are often very expensive and do not always produce the kind of results most people would expect for helping to diminish the look of acne scars. Another option for treating acne scars is to use a dermatological laser or various types of chemical peels to remove the top layers of the skin. This allows the new layers of skin to appear, therefore reducing the appearance of the scars. Much like a collagen injection, this procedure is also expensive and will typically leave the patient with red, irritated skin for six months to a year. If you suffer from keloid or hypertrophic scars, the above mentioned treatments may not be a viable option for you since they might make your condition worse. Finally, there are topical applications such as using a silicone scar management treatment gel or cream. This type of silicone has been scientifically proven to provide outstanding results for managing acne scars, is easy-to-apply and can be used in the comfort of your own home. This method is the least expensive and the least invasive of the three options listed above. You will not experience any down time and you do not have to worry about waiting for your skin to heal, unlike other treatments. This method may also be the most cost-effective.
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