To understand acne scar healing, you first need to understand what acne is and how it develops. We’ll go on to talk about prevention and acne scar removal.
Our skin contains many oil glands, and some oil is essential for healthy skin. Sometimes, though, these glands are over-active, producing excess oil. Oily skin is more prone to develop acne. Oil and debris collect in the skin’s glands, and acne results. Bacteria may also develop in the glands, creating even worse cases of acne. Acne is most common in teens, whose hormones may contribute to the imbalance of oil in the skin, but it can also occur in adults.
The debris and bacteria that cause acne are foreign to the body. An inflammatory response can result as the body tries to rid itself of the foreign substances. The inflammatory response is the body’s way of protecting itself, but it can cause scarring and impede acne scar healing.
Not all cases of acne cause scarring, but for those who do have acne scars, acne scar removal can be important for self-esteem.
Preventing acne is the best way to prevent acne scars. Wash your face daily with a gentle cleanser. Regular soap may be too harsh for your face. If you have oily skin, use a cleanser specifically designed for your skin type and try washing your face a few times a day. Avoid alcohol-based products, however, as these will dry out your skin and cause other problems. Remember, your skin needs some oil in order to be healthy.
If you do develop acne you can try over-the-counter products to treat the condition, but remember to avoid alcohol-based products. If over-the-counter products don’t seem to do the trick, see a dermatologist to discuss treatment options. Your dermatologist may prescribe oral medication and/or a topical treatment for your acne. Getting proper treatment in a timely manner can help prevent scarring and/or promote acne scar healing.
There are a number of treatments for acne scar healing. Most are expensive and several treatments may be required. Treatments will not be effective if you still have active acne, so if you are still breaking out, you’ll need to deal with that first.
Dermabrasion is one common treatment. It is most effective for shallow acne scars. It involves removing the top layer of skin using a wire brush or a diamond wheel with rough edges. The brush or wheel rotates quickly to take off the layer of skin. This injures the face (or other area being worked on) and causes bleeding. Over the next several weeks the face will heal and skin will appear fresh and new. The typical cost is $1500 per treatment.
Laser resurfacing is another form of acne scar removal. A laser is used to remove the upper layer of skin. Afterward, the face (or other area being worked on) often appears red and crusty. This will go away after a couple of weeks. The typical cost is $3000 per treatment.
Chemical peels are also commonly done to remove acne scars. A chemical solution is applied to the affected area and removes the top layer of skin. Afterward, the skin may appear red and crusty for several days. Multiple treatments are usually required for acne scar removal. The typical cost is $750 per treatment.
Naturally, many people are simply not able to afford these treatments, and others want a treatment that is not so harsh.
If you currently have acne that is not controlled by over-the-counter acne remedies, you should see a doctor for treatment options. You will not benefit from acne scar removal until your acne has cleared up.
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