treatment for acne scar
Feb 24, 2022

Acne breakouts, painful spots and pimples can be annoying as it is, but the scars acne can leave behind can feel pretty awful. However, it's good to know is that acne scars can be treated.

However, before starting treatment, you must completely clear up the acne and breakouts permanently since new breakouts will lead to new scars. A trip to the dermatologist will provide the best treatment options for both active acne and scars .

Your dermatologist may prescribe antibiotics to kill excess skin bacteria and reduce redness and inflammation. Benzoyl peroxide is often combined with antibiotics to reduce resistance. Retinoid treatment often accompanies anti-biotics; drugs containing retinoic acids or tretinoin are often helpful for moderate acne although its not recommended to use tretinoin and Benzoyl peroxide together. Whatever the condition, the dermatologist will provide the best course of action to clear up the acne before dealing with scars.

Once you have dealt with the active acne, you may want to move on to finding the best treatment for the scars. Some of the most effective treatments include:

Micro-needling

This procedure uses fine needles that prick your skin, creating microchanels that allow active dermatological products to penetrate the skin. Micro-needling devices include the dermal roller, Dermapen and derma stamp. The skin reacts to minor trauma or small wounds by producing new collagen at this stage. As new collagen is created, it helps smooth out the skin, filling out the fine lines and scars.

Micro-needling is only suitable for depressed scars as raised scars already have excess collagen.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)

PRP is produced by taking blood from a person's arm then processing it to separate the red and white blood cells to leave the plasma. The plasma is rich in epidermal growth factors. When used with micro-needling, there is a two-fold effect of mixing fibroblastic activity with the epidermal growth factors to help with collagenases or the production of new skin. Many studies endorse the addition of PRP with micro-needling.

Laser treatment

Approximately ninety-five per cent of people who have suffered from acne at some point have a level of scaring. Laser treatment breaks up scar tissue, encouraging new, healthy skin cells to grow and replace the scar tissue. Although a laser may not altogether remove scars, it can help minimise the appearance.

The types of Laser used in scar treatment are ablation and no ablation Lasers. Full ablation lasers like the CO2 or Urbium can vaporise the top layers of skin but are very aggressive and are not used so much these days. Micro-ablation or fractional lasers are commonly used now with great results and less downtime.

Dermal fillers

Dermal fillers are safe, convienient and effective in reducing pot hole or ice pick scars; however, the downside is the longevity and cost of treatment. Injections of hyaluronic acid need to be done every six to nine months and can reduce scars by about 50% in some cases. Many people find dermal fillers effective as part of a treatment plan rather than a stand-alone treatment.

Whatever treatment you decide to have, please be sure to seek professional advice to prevent or minimise complications from acne and acne scar treatments.