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Acne scar treatment

August 20, 2012 by  
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Severe cases of Acne can leave scars on the face, because it wasn’t treated properly and because of the bad habits of the individual who’s affected.  There are several types of acne scars and most are treatable.

To start with, the best method of treatment of acne scars is to prevent them from showing up.   Do not touch, scratch, pinch or squeeze acne pimples. Sometimes one is tempted to do so, to expel the pus contained in the pimple.  If the pimple is full of pus, it generally means inflammatory acne, pus being our body’s response to infection. When you pinch and infected pimple or try to pierce it with an object that hasn’t been properly disinfected there’s  a high risk of worsening the inflammation worse because it opens an slit through which more bacteria will leak in.  So it is best to leave the pimples alone.

Several options are available to treat acne scars. Usually the process is short, fifteen minutes to an hour. Recovery can take from a few days to several months, because according to the selected treatment it can cause redness, swelling, crusting, flaking of the skin, and even small bruises.  The cost of treatment ranges from $50 to $ 3,000 depending on the severity of the scars and the type of treatment. To choose the right treatment against acne scars it is best to consult a dermatologist.

Here is a list of the main treatments against acne scars :

Dermabrasion: This treatment helps to treat deep acne scars. For decades we used special glass paper glass to scratch the damaged skin. Dermabrasion removes the damaged layers of skin to reveal a new one which will grow to replace the damaged skin. Today, machines fitted with diamond dust are used to remove the layer of damaged skin.

Laser resurfacing: This technique is more recent but it has the same effects as dermabrasion. The laser has the advantage of better controlling the depth of the treatment for it is a tool of remarkable accuracy.

Chemical peels (peeling) are possible only for milder cases. Chemical peeling involves the application of a cream containing various types of acids. This cream will remove the top layer of skin, so that thef new skin underneath is revealed. This new skin will grow over the weeks and give an air of renewal in the face, without scars or pain.

Subcision: it is a method by which the scar tissues are broken down below the surface of the skin. This results in a small accumulation of blood under the scar. The small blood clot contributes to the formation of connective tissue under the scar, thus leveling the surface the scar reduces or even disappears.

Perforation and skin implant: This technique is used for deep scars for which laser treatments, dermabrasion, or chemical exfoliation, do not give satisfying results. The technique involves the removing of the scar followed by a skin implant or a small suture.

New techniques are also beginning to emerge, particularly with filling products. These techniques are promising especially in the cases of deep scars. Generally, collagen or fat is injected under the scar to bring it to the surface of the skin. The injections last about six months but researches are ongoing to find a longer lasting filling.

The best treatment against acne scars is primarily to prevent them from appearing. It is therefore important to quickly treat any acne outbreak, and especially avoid manipulating the pimples. If a basic treatment of acne does not work after several days, it is worth to quickly consult a dermatologist.

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