Acne Scars: Let’s Leave Them Behind

As if acne itself isn’t frustrating enough, acne scars leave us a constant reminder of what was once there. Acne is the inflammation of the skin due to clogged pores due to overactive sebaceous glands, bacteria, and dead skin cells. Most mild-moderate acne, once treated, will leave slight discoloration or hyperpigmentation which fades over time– nothing to be too concerned about. This is due to tissue damage beneath the skin. However, more severe acne can leave more permanent and deep scars that may require more intensive treatment options.

Types of Acne Scars

Types of acne scars can fall under two main categories: atrophic or indented, and hypertrophic or raised scars. Cystic acne usually leaves behind atrophic scars which are shallow indentations in the skin. Hypertrophic scars are raised bumps of tissue where the acne itself once was. Often these scars are a dark red or brown colour. Unfortunately, there is not a one-stop solution to preventing scars to form. The best way to minimize the appearance and development of acne scars is through the use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen, and not picking or scratching at the acne– as tempting as it may be.

Treatment Options

For hyperpigmentation left from more mild acne, using an over-the-counter retinoid cream can stimulate collagen growth and reduce the appearance of scarring. Additionally, having a chemical or physical exfoliant as part of your skincare routine will increase cell regeneration. For deeper scars, usually atrophic scars left behind from cystic acne, professional treatments are most effective. Chemical peels, dermabrasion, micro-needling, fillers, and lasers may be suitable for your specific skin. These treatments can be invasive and potentially painful. Divine Pyramid’s treatment, Voluderm RF Microneedling uses thermal energy in combination with the creation of micro-wounds in the skin. This stimulates collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid production. The treatment itself is painless and requires minimal downtime because of the ultra-thin needles.

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After 3 treatments of Voluderm RF Microneedling
Courtesy of Jonathan Yu M.D., Manila, Philippines

Although acne scarring can leave us with annoying reminders about our acne, the possible treatments and solutions are endless. Consulting with a dermatologist about your specific skin concern can allow you to find the best option for your skin.