Powerful Acne Scar Treatment Options
Did you know that an acne scar treatment must be chosen on a case by case basis? Why? Because acne as well as scarring is not always equal. It can affect each and every one of us differently. Here is a short list of the most common types of scars that acne can leave and ways to eliminate them. There are 2 Different Categories of Scars
1. Scars That Form Because of Loss Tissue
Ice-Pick Scars- Most Common usually occurring on the cheeks. They are small jagged edged with steep sides. Can be deep or even shallow. Can develop into fibrotic scars.
Depressed Fibrotic Scars- Large with steep sides and sharp edges.
Rolling Hills and Valley Scars- The skin will take on a wavelike appearance with sloped rolled edges that combine with normal skin cells.Boxcar Scars- Angular usually on cheeks or temple. Can be deep or on the surface of skin. Looks like chickenpox scarring.
2. Scars That Bulge Out
Hypertrophic Scars- Burge outward like lumps, typically raised, erythematous (colored red, pink, or purple) will be stiffer than the surrounding skin.
Keloids- Hard, raised scar, maybe slightly pink or whitish in appearance. May itch and can be painful, can grow to be fairly large.
Below you will find a list of the more popular proven effective acne scar treatment methods that can do wonder’s to dramatically decrease and eliminate scarring.
Experience the dramatic results of Glycolic Peels
Glycolic is a natural derivative acid used to eliminate blemishes and to brighten and rejuvenate skin. Glycolic acid is an AHA or alpha hydroxy acid great at decreasing scarring and exfoliating your skin.
It’s incredible at treating not only acne scars but also wrinkles, sunspots, blemishes and fine lines. Glycolic acid can penetrate way deep down into the skin, to increase cell restoration by increasing collagen creation.
In addition, if you have sensitive skin you should always spot test before using any glycolic peels as they are very strong.
Know that there are different strength levels that range from 20% to over 70%. When you have sensitive skin start with a lower strength level and slowly increase the level of concentration. Matching the strength of a peel to your individual skin type and scarring history is crucial to avoiding complications with glycolic peels.
2 Easy-To-Use Effective Glycolic Home Peels
1. Exuviance Skin Healthy Home Resurfacing Peel Kit
This dermatologist developed professional level-peel is formulated with an astounding “25%” peeling ingredients for highest quality results. This high grade professional blend contains: Glycolic Acid, Gluconolactone and Mandelic Acid, so that it can be used not only on your face but on your back, chest and hands as well.
When used up to not more than twice a week this acne scar treatment will refine your pores, smooth your skin texture, and diminish fine lines and wrinkles. It will also brighten your skin and even out your skin tone and give you an all-over healthy glow.
When using this product you may feel a slight tingling sensation. However it’s very gentle on your skin. You can see results after just one application. It’s a fantastic way to not only lessen scarring but it also gets rid of blemishes, wrinkles and sunspots as an added bonus.
2. Exuviance Performance Peel AP25
The Exuviance Performance Peel AP25 contains a 25% blend of Glycolic Acid, Mandelic Acid, Gluconolactone, Polyhydroxy Acids (PHA) and Alpha Hydroxyl Acids (AHAs). What do all these ingredients do? It works at your skin’s surface to eliminate dead, dull surface layers of scars. It stimulates the process of cell renewal, to greater reveal fresher and healthier skin cells.
Furthermore, there are also some dynamic solid over-the-counter acne scar "cream" treatments that can dramatically improve scars and blemishes. Check out this article for more information. "Acne Scar Cream Can Do Wonders to Repair and Heal Skin"
TREATMENTS FOR SEVERE ACNE SCARSLaser Resurfacing This acne scar treatment is one of the most popular treatments developed to eliminate not only acne scars but other skin disorders as well. Laser acne treatment comes in many different forms, but the two most popular are the Carbon Dioxide and YAG lasers. How is this procedure performed? The skin is first prepared with a topical anesthetic about an hour before the procedure to make it as comfortable as possible. Then the top layer of your skin is burned to an exact depth using a controlled beam of the laser. The skin will then heal and replace itself with fresh new skin cells. This procedure can generally cost $3,000 to $8,000 and up.Dermabrasion This treatment for acne scars has essentially been around for many decades. It is performed in one office visit. It removes the top layer of damaged skin and allows new skin to grow and take its place. This method of treatment usually takes about 30 minutes to 1 hour. In order to perform this procedure the skin is either frozen or numbed first. This procedure can cost $2,500 to $4,500. Subcutaneous IncisionThis type of treatment is used mainly to treat rolling scars. This treatment breaks up the fibrous bands that cause the appearance of rolling scars to appear undulated (wavy in appearance). In addition, it also helps to encourage new collagen formation. Before this procedure is done local anesthesia is administered. Then a beveled needle is inserted under the skin, parallel to the surface of your skin to gently cut the fibrous bands. Bruising may occur, but usually disappears within a week. This treatment typically cost $200 to over $1,000 depending on how many treatment you may need.Dermal Filler Acne Scar TreatmentDermal Fillers are another fantastic acne scar treatment option that is available to remove and heal scars. How does it work? Fillers like fat, collagen, hyaluronic acid derivatives, plus polytheyl-methacrylate microspheres with collagen can be injected into the scar to raise the scar to the surface and give your skin a smoother texture and look. However, take heed that injections of this nature is not always a permanent fix. The results are usually temporary and you may need further injections. These injections can cost anywhere from (depending on the type and amount of filler used) $400 to $1200 dollars.
Before starting any acne scar treatment be sure that your acne is entirely gone and unlikely to come back anytime soon. If you choose to start an acne scar removal treatment too soon it can and will be a lot of trouble and expense to undergo a procedure or use a treatment or even sometimes “multiple” treatments and then have acne to come right back. If the acne comes back you will have more scarring and will have to go through the same process all over again.
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