ACNE SCARS

What is it?

 

As if it is not enough that a person has to go through acne, they will more likely be left with acne scars as a reminder afterwards. Acne scars are those marks that occur after an acne lesion of a pimple has healed, a mark is left behind because tissue damage has taken place at the site.

Scars are formed if the skin has undergone injury and inflammation that has been present in the area, and acne is an inflammation-driven skin disorder. When follicles in the skin become clogged with sebum and dead skin cells it can lead to infection and inflammation, this inflammation damages the follicle walls and when the skin tries to heal itself the result is the skin that does not appear as smooth as the surrounding skin.

There are different types of acne scarring and different scars respond differently to treatments. By at least knowing which type you have the better you will be able to treat it. Also remember that acne needs to be cleared up in order to proceed with further treatment to prevent spreading of infection or causing further inflammation.

Dark or reddish marks left behind by acne lesions respond very well to treatment and can sometimes even improve on their own, although they are not true scars, they are still embarrassing to the individual and there are products and treatments on the market to help treat them. Ice pick scars are deep dips in the skin but aren’t very wide. They give the skin an appearance of having been penetrated by an ice pick.

Ice pick scars normally require more intense treatments. Boxcar scars resemble the scars left by chicken pox. They can be shallow or deep and are commonly found on the cheeks or temples where the skin is fleshier. Rolling scars give the skin a wave-like appearance, they tend to be wide and shallow and require more intense treatments.

In-house Treatment

 

At Glo Laser and Beauty we believe it is best to treat active acne effectively and thus preventing acne scar formation. We recommend using the Clarity range from Lamelle, which is specifically formulated to treat acne and preventing scar formation. By doing Beta Peels (chemical peels) in salon every 2-6 weeks dark or reddish brown marks can be lightened, followed by Barrier Repair Cream from Lamelle to help the skin heal effectively afterwards.

For deeper scars such as Ice Pick, Box Car and Rolling scars more intense treatments may be needed to help resurface the skin and stimulate collagen and elastin production to give the skin a healthier and smoother appearance. We recommend a course of MicroPeel treatments by using the Alma Beauty Reform machine, which uses a combination of Radio Frequency and Microdermabrasion technology to help stimulate collagen production and improve the skin texture.

Dermaroller (Microneedling) treatments added with Lamelle’s Skin Rejuvenating Serum and Growth factor mask will assist in reducing the appearance of deeper scars, improving the skin’s texture and assist in collagen production.

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