What is Acne Scarring?
Acne scars are a common experience for people who have a history of acne. They most often appear as deep indentations and permanent textural variations on the skin’s surface. Acne scars are usually the result of severe acne as a child or an adolescent. This means they appear primarily where acne commonly pops up, namely on a person’s face, neck, back, and upper arm areas. They can also be found in other areas of the body.
Some acne scars are caused by picking at blemishes on the skin, but the scars can also be a result of skin infections caused by acne breakouts. If there is a larger breakdown in the wall of a pore, the infected material inside can spill out and create large, deep lesions on the skin’s surface. This, in turn, can create acne scars even after the skin heals.
Acne scars can have an adverse effect on a person’s overall self-confidence, especially when they can’t be covered up. Many adolescents and adults choose to have these areas treated to even out the skin’s surface and improve the overall appearance of the skin. Depending on the color and depth of your scar, certain treatments can significantly decrease its appearance. If you’re interested in learning about how acne scar treatments can work for you, schedule an appointment at our Mt. Vernon office. We also diagnose and treat acne outbreaks.
Treatment for Acne Scars
There are several available treatments for acne scars, so it’s important to find the option that works best for you. The condition can be successfully treated with the use of dermal fillers, SkinPen™, also known as micro-needling, and skin peels by cosmetic dermatologists. If you’re not sure which will work for you, talk to your dermatologist.
- Dermal Fillers are gel-like substances that are injected into the affected areas beneath the skin to enhance and restore diminished volume, smooth out lines and soften creases in the skin. The revitalized area then appears smoother and healthier.
- Micro-needling is performed by using fine needles to puncture and poke tiny holes in the skin and create a controlled injury in order to enhance and rejuvenate the skin by stimulating collagen production in the affected area.
- Skin Peels are used to improve and smooth the texture of the skin. The type of peel needed is determined by a patient’s skin type and the type of scars present on the skin. Some peels can exfoliate the skin, shedding the outer layer of cells and diminishing any discoloration caused by acne scars.
When to See a Doctor for Acne Scar Treatment
Acne scars can be difficult to live with. While acne itself often has a clear treatment plan, most people will not be able to reduce the appearance of their scars at home. If you’re interested in finding out whether an acne scar treatment will work for your skin, you’ll need to visit a dermatologist. Our Mt. Vernon office is well-equipped to handle your condition, whether your scars are mild or severe. Scheduling an acne scar treatment could be the best decision you make for your skin, and we can help.
Contact us to schedule your consultation today.