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Medical Treatments For Acne Scaring

Apr 26, 2008
Having visible marks of any kind on the face is enough to feel uncomfortable and self conscious. It is important to be aware though of the many advanced skin care treatments that are available to those who are seeking out the removal of scars. Treatment is available. Many dermatologists are devoted to caring for skin and have found ways to effectively treat a multitude of symptoms and skin disorders.

One common skin condition is acne scaring. Even after the wounds have gone away, the skin can still show the tell-tale signs of having been inflamed and damaged by infection. Even years after the acne is gone it is possible to still see acne scars which can make the skin appear less than flawless and attribute to self-image challenges. There are currently many options that treat acne snaring effectively; which one is best for your skin and situation is up to you to decide. Since some skin types are more prone to acne scars and scaring in general, it is important to be aware of what skin treatments are best for your skin type.

Darker marks on the superficial layer of skin on the face are not considered acne scars and actually fade with time. Their removal can be facilitated with certain creams and gels meant to promote cell turnover. Rather, acne scaring involves damage to the collagen in the deeper layers of the skin. Scars appear as "pits" in the skin, or indentations. To remove these, the skin must usually be leveled, or sanded down in some respect. This can be done in a number of different ways. Dermabrasion is one option for the removal of acne scars which takes layers off of the skin and then requires a period of healing time to allow the skin to re-establish itself. It is a common procedure but is more invasive since it requires the removal of the epidermis and part of the dermis. There can be complications and this treatment is not recommended for darker skin tones since there is a higher likelihood of hyper pigmentation.

Another effective way to help with acne scarring is laser resurfacing which is similar to dermabrasion but uses a laser rather than a resurfacing tool that sands down the skin. Other treatments are subcision and excision which ultimately pick out scars or remove scars. The skin is then sewed back together and heals with a line scar which can be blended into surrounding skin. Chemical peels can help to remove skin as well and are shown to be pretty effective. There are risks associated with infection as the acids used in the peels can work to slough deep layers of skin.

Regardless of which choice works best for your skin, it is vital that you seek out the help of a skin care doctor or dermatologist who can assist with the removal of your acne scaring. Certain skin types respond better to certain treatments. It is always a great idea to ask plenty of questions and to get a firm understanding of the procedure from start to finish.
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