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Getting Rid of Acne Scars

Aug 17, 2007
There's nothing fun about acne, nor the scars that it leaves behind. More than 80 percent of teens develop acne to some degree or another. While most teens suffer from mild to moderate cases of acne, an unfortunate few develop severe cases that cause various scars that can last years.

There are several different kinds of acne scar tissues that result from acne, the most common known as rolling, boxcar or ice pick scars. Their names pretty much say it all when comes to describing them. Picture what an ice pick can do to a piece of wood and that's just about what ice pick acne scar looks like on your skin. The boxcar scar is a piece of fibrous tissue that connects two scars together, like the hook-up mechanism on a boxcar train. The rolling scars are more rounded than ice pick scars, and result in deep tissue damage that cause bumps on your face, after the acne is gone. Another type of acne scar is called a hypertrophic scar, which are small red bumps that can mar the surface of the skin for years after bouts of acne have passed.

The types of treatment available depend on what type of acne scars you have. Some people only have one type of scar, while others have a combination of two, or somethings three different types. Knowing about each type of scar, and the treatments available to reduce their appearance is the first step toward discovering the proper method that's right for your circumstance, skin type and severity of scar tissue.

Protect yourself by researching the different kinds of scars and their treatments not only to save money, but also to ensure that you're receiving the right kind of treatment for your situation. No matter which method you choose, be aware that everything comes with its own set of pros and cons, and that there are rarely any guarantees associated with scar reduction treatments.

One such procedure, used primarily for those with rolling acne scars, is called subcision. While this treatment may cost up to $1000, multiple treatments usually serve to treat shallow scar tissue by detaching the upper layer of skin from deeper skin tissue, which allows for greater blood flow in affected areas, which serves to plump up the skin.

Punch replacement treatments are used to literally excise acne scar tissue by removing the acne scar and replacing it with a skin graft. This may cost anywhere from $50 to $150 per treatment. The second procedure is called punch excision, which avoids an actual skin graft, and instead stretches skin around excised acne scar tissue to heal the void.

Chemical peels are popular with many who suffer from mild acne scarring, but is quite expensive, at $600-800 per treatment. With this acne scar treatment, one of many different kinds of acid are applied to the affected skin and then removed, taking with it the top layer of your skin.

Dermabrasion is also popular, though for many, acne scars return after a period of time. It's also very expensive and painful, as it literally sands off the top layer of your skin. Cost ranges from $1200 to $2000 per treatment.

Perhaps acne scar creams and ointments are your best bet, if you are patient and give them, and time, to work for you. When looking for creams, make sure you purchase one that contains Vitamin E and cocoa butter. Most treatments for acne scars work only temporarily, and can cause discomfort and take a big chunk out of your bank account.
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Mr Reygan has been involved with various skin preparations products for over 11 years. To find out to get rid of Acne, melasma, age spots and freckles click here www.reygani.com
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