Acne scars can be a very distressing problem. Even when the acne breakouts seemed to be controlled or have seemingly stopped, the scarring can be long lasting.
Treatment for acne can be as nettlesome as the disease itself.
Preventing further outbreaks is the first step and then focus can begin on repairing of the scarring. Because if a prevention treatment is not implemented and outbreaks continue, scarring is likely to continue, and any treatments aimed at treating scarring would be in vain.
Depending on the severity of outbreaks, there are many options today for treatment of acne. We will discuss these in future articles; however, treatment for the underlying disease process is a must. After the outbreaks are well controlled, attention can be turned toward the undesired marks on the face.
It’s important to note that acne is not only a disease of the adolescent; people of all races and ages get acne. In fact, adult onset acne is not completely uncommon and is seen in women who are pregnant – often with more severe scarring. Treatment options for acne scars depend on the severity of the scarring and the skin type of the person wishing repair.
In people with lighter skin, treatments range from simple facial exfoliation to deep chemical or laser peels to surgical intervention. For darker skinned individuals, options are limited because of concern for pigment irregularities after treatment.
For deeper scars, an advance chemical peel, ablative laser, CO2 resurfacing, or dermabrasion may be necessary.
For light scarring after acne, skin resurfacing is a good treatment. Acne scars can be reduced by taking off the outer layers of skin and stimulating collagen synthesis with new skin formation.
Whatever the treatment option, it is important to consult a physician with an array of treatment options. It is also important to remember that just as acne scars did not form overnight, treatment can sometimes take months to get the desired result. Once you find an experienced physician and decide on a treatment option, remember that it can be a long road, but usually one that is worth the wait.
Contact Total Health & Skin Center today to discuss your treatment options for acne and acne scarring. We are happy to schedule a consult and develop a plan that is right for your particular skin care need.