Acne scars can damage even the most beautiful skin. For a lot of people, having acne scars is way worse than actually having acne. This is because most acne outbreaks go away. A lot of people have serious acne when they’re in their teenage years, but by the time they are an adult, their skin is relatively acne-free. Unfortunately, acne scars that are not treated are permanent. They will haunt a person long after their acne outbreaks have stopped. In some cases, the acne scars are so severe that they deform a person’s face in a way that even the worst acne breakouts could not.
When it comes to acne scar treatment, a little bit of prevention is worth a lot of cure. If you notice that you already have acne scars developing, you need to stick to or improve your skin care regimen. Avoid the temptation to pop or pick your pimples. This is only going to traumatize your skin and lead to scars. Another key to avoiding scars in the first place is to use sunscreen. Overexposure to the sun’s UV rays can traumatize skin that is already weakened by acne, leading to dark spots and scars.
It is important to keep your skin moisturized and to take steps to keep it clean from acne bacteria. Bacteria-eliminating laser and light treatments are designed to get underneath the skin surface, kill the bacteria that causes acne and stop your skin from breaking out. One of the nice things about using these treatments is that it protects your skin without drying it out. Sometimes when you use topical creams or topical cleansers, it strips your skin of all of its moisture. Far from helping your skin, it can actually make things worse.
You want to take steps to treat any skin inflammation immediately. When you have a newly popped pimple, it is prone to scarring. So you want to use an anti-inflammatory acne medication. Talk to our team and identify which prescription or nonprescription drug treatment might be right for you.
It is also good to discuss using treatments like micro-needling that stimulate collagen growth immediately. What you want is to stop any new scars from turning into old scars that are going to be a lot harder to remove. Collagen can help address things like hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation is not really a scar; it is just a darkening of the area that is affected by acne. But the visual effects that it produces are the same. Atrophic scars also get better with collagen production. This is because collagen makes your skin thicker. So, the crater-like scars become less visible.
Dealing with acne scars can be a traumatic experience. It can leave a person feeling like there is nothing that they will ever be able to do to have clear skin again. Thankfully, there are a lot of options available when it comes to acne scar treatment. Visit Plateroti Derm in Templeton to learn more about your treatment options. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.