Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a magic pill that you could take that would rid your skin of acne and acne scarring? Although there are several over-the-counter creams and ointments that claim to do just that, they rarely do the job. If you have acne scars that you just can’t seem to get rid of— no matter how many creams and ointments you try— then it might be time to consider some skin therapy procedures like microdermabrasion, chemical peels, or laser therapy. Read on to learn more about these acne scar fighting options.
Ideal for scarring that is fairly recent, microdermabrasion is the process that uses an abrasive instrument composed of small crystals in order to remove the top few layers of the epidermis. Once the top few layers of the epidermis have been removed, the body will then regenerate new skin that can to cover up those once visible acne scars.
- Chemical Peels
A chemical peel is a procedure used by licensed dermatologists in order to help peel away the top few layers of the epidermis— similar to Microdermabrasion. By using chemicals like alpha hydroxy acid, the dermatologist will apply a thin layer of these chemicals across your face. While the chemicals are on your face, you will feel a large amount of tingling as they work to target the top few layers of your skin. After being left on your skin for around 5-10 minutes, the dermatologist will then remove the chemical and you will be sent on your way. During the next week or so, the top few layers of your skin will slough off and will help to reduce the appearance of acne scarring. Depending on the severity of your scarring, you will likely have to undergo multiple chemical peels in order to see the best results possible.
- Laser Therapy Treatment
Unlike microdermabrasion therapy and chemical peels, laser therapy works to target the scarring from the inside out. Rather than removing the top few layers of skin in order to eliminate the appearance of scarring, laser therapy treatment stimulates the production of collagen which in turn helps to diminish the appearance of acne scarring.
As you can see there are several acne scar fighting options for patients to choose from. From microdermabrasion to laser therapy treatment, there is an option for everyone. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today!