What causes acne scarring?
Severe nodular and cystic acne (for more information refer ‘Acne’) as well as pricking of acne may result in acne scarring.
Each acne lesion has the natural ability to heal itself. Every pimple results in loss or formation of tissues. The loss of tissue results in milder scars, while formation of new; thicker tissue can result in more severe scars.
Types of acne scars
The skin looks as if a needle has pierced it.
This type causes rolling or “wave-like” scarring across otherwise normal-appearing skin.
Round or oval shaped depressions on the skin, which are wider than icepick scars.
Hypertrophic Scars appear as firm, raised masses of tissue and are usually larger than regular acne in size.
Treatments for acne scars
Specific treatment procedures to minimize acne scars will be determined based on –
- The age, current health, and medical history
- Severity of the scar
- Type of scar
- Tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
Treatments available at Chirstell for acne scarring
Photo Facial Treatment
Photo Facial Treatment is a breakthrough painless technology that stimulates collagen and decreases unwanted pigmentation. The scope of the treatment will be on acne scars and red-brown marks left by acne.
During the procedure, a small portion of the tissue is treated gradually through the laser. Remaining tissue supplies the healing that leads to the elimination of irregular superficial pigmentation, filling of the acne scars and the smoothening of the skin.
Creams and Lotions
Various creams or lotions containing retinol, vitamin C, alpha and beta hydroxy acids help in resurfacing of the scars. These topical creams are often used as a combination with various other procedures done for scarring.
- Chemical Peels
Effective in treating acne scars. They result in a smooth, even, surface along with improving the texture of the skin.
- Skin polishing
It is a procedure that removes the superficial layer of skin helping in resurfacing of the scars, but only for superficial ones. It uses a gentle vacuum along with crystals and gently removes the top layer of dead skin. This also stimulates collagen production and helps heal the scars. As the skin heals from the procedure, the surface appears smoother and fresher.
Non-surgical, relatively painless procedure where multiple microinjections deliver vitamins, amino acids, hyaluronic acid etc into the skin stimulating collagen production and help in scar resurfacing.
- Derma Roller
A medical micro-needling procedure that releases new collagen and elastin in the scar tissue. Thus effective in scar filling as well as rejuvenation. Mostly useful in indented or rolling scars.
- Filler injections
Collagen is injected beneath the skin to replace the body’s natural collagen that has been lost. It is mostly useful for depressed scars like boxcars or rolling scars. Procedure can last for up to 8 – 12 months. It is recommended that this treatment is combined with other treatments to get best results.
- Scar Filling
Deep scars which are formed while acne is in resolving phase leads to puckering of skin and scar formation. In Scar filling with the help of needle these bands are broken painlessly and the tension over the skin is released, helping in filling of the scar and treatment of scars. Up to 90% scar filling can be achieved with this painless method that is highly effective.