Acne scars are formed when the skin tissue is damaged. If you are used to picking at and popping pimples, it will definitely cause scarring on the skin. However, even when you’re very cautious with your skin, scars can still occur. Given below are 6 effective ways to get rid of acne scars.
Dermabrasion is an exfoliating technique which uses various rotating instruments to shed the outer dermis, usually done on the face. The high-speed brush is used in a circular motion to resurface your skin and reduce or remove the depth of the scars. It treats various conditions like acne scars, sun damage, fine lines and uneven skin texture. It takes several days to heal completely, but you can return to work in about two weeks.
Unlike Dermabrasion, Microdermabrasion is non-invasive, simple, easy and painless. It uses a specific applicator with an abrasive surface to gently shed away the thick external layer of the skin. This technique uses fine crystals of aluminium oxide or sodium bicarbonate along with Vaccum suction to gently lift up the outer skin through exfoliation. A session can last anywhere between 5 minutes to an hour and may require a follow-up. Microdermabrasion is regarded as a safe procedure for most skin types. One can choose to get the procedure if they have concerns like wrinkles, sun damage, acne scarring, melasma, age spots and other skin-related conditions.
- Collagen induction therapy or Micro-needling
Collagen induction therapy or Micro-needling utilises the body’s natural ability to heal itself. The treatment uses a Collagen induction pen with numerous tiny 1mm microneedles for inducing controlled micro-injuries by making tiny pinpricks on the skin. This triggers the production of new collagen and elastin; and stimulates the release of growth factors which makes the skin smoother, firmer and radiant. It is suitable for most skin types. It is can be used in skin conditions like wrinkles, fine lines and helps with firmness, acne scarring, enlarged pores, stretch marks and sun damage.
- Retinoic acid
Certain tissue scars cannot be treated with standard acne scar treatment. Retinoic acid is used as a combination treatment, it unclogs pores allowing the medicated creams or gels to work on the scar. It helps mitigate acne scars and reduce post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. The treatment takes three to six months to see a significant change in skin quality and a reduction in acne.
Fillers can be used in case of indented scars and the treatment can be administered by a qualified and practising cosmetic dermatologist. Substances such as hyaluronic acid, collagen or fat can be used to fill out these type of acne scars. The scar plumps and exalts the area, undoing the damage.
- Skin grafting
Skin grafting is a surgical procedure which involves removal of skin from one area of the body. Once removed the surgeon will carefully transplant it over the another and secure it with surgical stitches, staples or dressing. This procedure may be used when acne scar removal treatment, such as dermabrasion, leave a large tunnel in your skin.