Can Acne Scars be Permanently Removed?

Acne Scars Treatment

Acne scars serve as a double punishment. One has to deal with the pimples and once they are gone, the scars appear.

In order to get rid of these scars, one has to focus on learning about different types of acne. This will help you dealing with different types of scars.

Acne lesions are a direct result of oil and dead skin getting plugged into hair follicles. Hair follicles are also called pores. This plugged follicle provides perfect environment for bacteria to grow and develop rapidly. The growing bacteria create red bumps and fill the pus in these red bumps to produce pimples.

With time, the pimples fade leaving behind a reddish or brownish scar. These pimples fade most of the time without any treatment. However, the real problem is the scar that it leaves behind. Picking or squeezing these pimples will increase the chances of leaving the scar.

In order to treat these scars and remove them permanently, one needs to understand the nature of scars left by acne. Some scars are deep and narrow while others are rolling scars having gradual depression or dip.

Before you treat the scars, you need to control the acne. If acne is still uncontrolled and you have started the treatment of scars, you are not going to get any real results.

In order to treat the acne scars permanently, you need to know the how severe the scar is. The mild scars can be treated pretty easily by chemical peel and other simpler methods. However, if the scars are severe, you may need advanced treatments like laser resurfacing, dermabrasion and fractional laser therapy.

Laser resurfacing is an easy to do procedure. The doctors would often perform them inside their office without taking the patient to the surgery room. During this treatment, the doctor would remove the top skin layer and will tighten the middle layer. Your infected skin will be removed and the skin will become smoother. This treatment takes an hour to complete if the scars are severe. A patient going through the treatment may have to rest for 3 to 10 days in order to heal perfectly.

Dermabrasion removes the top damaged layer with the help of a rotating wire brush. This wire brush can be replaced with a diamond-head spinner. The top layer is removed and the skin becomes smoother after it heals.

The fractional laser therapy differs from the previous treatments. It works at a deeper level and yet takes shorted time to recover. The top layer is not damaged. The patients may look as if they are sun-burned for a few days about going through this therapy.

For “rolling” scars, doctors sometimes inject material under the scar to raise it to the level of normal skin. Finally, in some cases, a doctor may recommend surgery to remove deeply indented scars.

One thing you shouldn’t do to deal with acne scars is load up your face with masks or fancy lotions — these won’t help and may irritate your skin further, making the scars red and even more noticeable.

If you have a red or brownish mark on your face that you got from a bad zit, it should eventually fade, just like the scars on your knees from falling off your bike as a kid. However, it may take 12 months or longer. So your best bet is to avoid these kinds of marks by not squeezing or popping zits.

Acne comes in different forms:
• mild acne, which refers to the whiteheads or blackheads that most of us get at various times
• moderately severe acne, which includes red inflamed pimples called papules and red pimples with white centers called pustules
• severe acne, which causes nodules — painful, pus-filled cysts or lumps — to appear under the skin

Most serious scarring is caused by the more severe forms of acne, with nodules more likely to leave permanent scars than other types of acne.

The best approach is to get treatment for acne soon after it appears to prevent further severe acne and more scarring. If you have nodules, see your doctor or dermatologist for treatment.

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