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How to treat Acne Scarring?

October 22, 2017 - YorkshireHA

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Acne can cause permanent scarring and its effects can have a major effect on individuals. Around 80% of the adolescent population is affected by acne. It is usually caused by bacteria, increased sebum production and inflammation.

Acne scars are classed as:

  1. Atrophic (most common caused by inflammation) and appear as depressions in the skin.
  2. Hypertrophic – Stick above the skin
  3. Keloidal- Scars that have over-healed and manifest as dense rubbery skin tissue.

The marks that appear after a blemish or pimple disappears is classed as post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation. These can be red, purple, or brown marks  and usually take 3-6 months to disappear. You can improve these by using topical retinoids, vitamin C serums and sunscreen.

Real acne scars are permanent indentations from collagen damage and can come in different shapes and require a more intense treatment plan.Treatment is based on the type of acne scars present. At Yorkshire Health and Aesthetics we perform a full skin analysis before any treatments are recommended.

The different types of atrophic acne scars are:

 

 

Treatments for Scars 

Chemical Peels:

Chemical peels are a solution that is applied to the skin which causes the skin to exfoliate and eventually peel off. The final result is smoother skin. They help to even out skin tone and smooth imperfections. There are different strengths of chemical peels which can help address the different needs for the client.

A superficial peel does not penetrate beyond the first epidermal layer of the skin which helps to even out skin tone.

A medium peel  targets damaged skin cells on both the outer and middle layers of skin allowing it to treat age spots, wrinkles and freckles.

A deep peel penetrates deeply into the middle layer of skin and this will removes skin discolouration, wrinkles, freckles, and shallow scars. Unlike the ‘superficial’ peel which can be performed multiple times due to the deeper penetration the deep peel can only be done once.

Micro-Needling

This treatment can help reduce the following marks:

  1. Improves the appearance of stretch marks
  2. Reduces pore size
  3. Improves the quality and texture of the skin
  4. Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
  5. Improves the look of disfiguring scars from surgery, accidents or acne.

 

Dermal Fillers

The use of fillers is an effective solution for atrophic scar reduction where results can be seen instantly and improve over weeks. There is ad double effect in this procedure where there is physical lifting up of the scar and fibroblast stimulation in the dermis by the needle. This starts the development of new collagen is made. Not all scars may respond equally and depends usually on the type and depth of the scar and the condition of the underlying tissue.

Complication specific to this treatment appear to be nodules/lumps/visible filler caused by too superficial a placement. This can be usually avoided by careful examination and massaging the area post- treatment. At Yorkshire Health and Aesthetics we always give the patient careful instructions in regards to aftercare and to massage when the oedema has settled. Generally its not a concern when the client can feel the filler but it is if any lumps are visible and its appearance affects the client.

 

Book a Consultation

No matter what type of acne scars you have at Yorkshire Health and Aesthetics we can recommend the most effective treatment for you. We understand how much acne scars can affect an individual both physically and emotionally. Just book in for an appointment and meet us at our branch in Bradford because “everyone deserves to be beautiful”.

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