Question: I suffered from cystic acne as a teenager, and now my face is pitted with scars. How can I get rid of them?
Short answer, Yes. If you suffer from acne scarring, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that more than 40 percent of young adults have acne scars. In fact, acne is the most common skin disorder in the United States, affecting between 40 million and 50 million Americans. Acne essentially occurs when the hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells, allowing bacteria to grow.
What causes this skin disorder? While the sources behind acne are not yet understood, factors that might contribute to it include overproduction of oil, bacteria build up and irregular shedding of dead skin cells. Acne essentially occurs when the hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells, allowing bacteria to grow. The result? Painful pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads.
Permanent Scarring and More
Even if you don’t pick your scars, acne lesions, and cysts, in particular, can lead to scarring. This is because of the intense, collagen-damaging skin inflammation with which these infections are associated. Acne scars develop in areas where former cystic blemish lesions have been present.
Acne scars come in three varieties:
- Atrophic, which are mostly shallow
- Boxcar-shaped, which are round or oval shaped with angled sides
- Ice pick-shaped, which are narrow and deeper than most scars
People with deeper skin tones might also notice darkening (or hyperpigmentation) within the scars, while people with lighter skin tones may show redness within. Don’t worry, though – there are a number of different medspa treatments that can literally erase most types of acne scarring.
The Most Innovative Acne Treatments
Got scarring? Here’s the lowdown on how to get rid of it:
Clear + Brilliant
Clear + Brilliant uses fractional laser technology to rejuvenate the skin from the inside out. Compared with similar laser treatments, Clear + Brilliant procedures require little recovery time and boast a lower risk of complications. In fact, most people only experience a day or two of post-procedural swelling and redness. How does it work? Clear + Brilliant works its magic by revitalizing skin from the inside out. Its non-invasive laser technology gently resurfaces the top layer of the dermis by creating millions of microscopic treatment zones in the skin. Sounds complicated, right? But it’s really just about replacing damaged skin with healthy, younger-looking tissue. The result? Smoother, softer and more youthful-looking skin.
Clear + Brilliant is most ideal for people with shallow to moderately shallow acne scarring and discoloration. This is because Clear + Brilliant helps to diminish the appearance of acne scars by encouraging new collagen growth as well as reducing pore size, resulting in improved skin tone and texture. Studies have shown Clear + Brilliant effectively fades acne scars, significantly reduces the size of pores and refreshes skin tone and texture. After just one treatment, people report significant improvement in the appearance of acne scars; within a week, they notice smoother skin texture and more even skin tone.
IPL Photo Facials
IPL photo facials work by using a broad-spectrum light source that penetrates multiple layers of skin. This type of photo facial primarily targets the lower layers of skin (dermis) while leaving the top layers of skin (epidermis) unaffected. The heat generated from the light promotes healing of the skin within, effectively reducing the appearance of acne scars. IPL photo facials are most effective on shallow acne scars or enlarged pores. For optimal results, you should undergo five treatment sessions spaced three weeks apart. In some cases, those results can be seen after only the first treatment! And skin continues to improve with each successive treatment.
Dermal fillers like Juvéderm can improve the appearance of acne scars by partially lifting the depressed scar but their effect is only temporary. Although results can be seen immediately with Juvéderm, most people see their most impressive results three to five days after injection, as swelling and bruising disappear. The best thing about Juvéderm? After a single treatment, amazing results can last up to one year.
Erase Acne Scars with LaserAway
Tired of looking less than beautiful because of acne scarring? Then come to LaserAway. We’re proud to offer the most medical spa service options of any national skincare provider. We hire only the most highly trained staff experienced and certified in administering laser and other dermatological procedures. We aim to make your medical spa experience comfortable, enjoyable and satisfying.
Want to learn more about acne scar treatments? Then schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today by emailing LaserAway.com or calling the staff at LaserAway at (888) 965-2737. LaserAway looks forward to helping you get your skin back.