Have you tried just about everything to get rid of acne scars?
One of the biggest issues people come into our offices for is the aftermath of chronic cystic acne – the scars it leaves behind. Even when you are no longer breaking out, if you have red scars from acne (these are usually recent scars), or deep pitted scarring, this can negatively affect your self-esteem and self-confidence.
What are my options to make acne scars go away?
Depending on the severity and type of scarring you have, a combination of laser or radio frequency treatments, along with proper home skincare products and chemical peels will help heal the scars and minimize their appearance.
What is the first step in the process?
Tackle any active acne head on. Use the right products on a consistent basis to control the break outs. These products may contain any combination of salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or sulfur. Most importantly, you should use daily a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15-30. Sun exposure, even incidental, may cause the red scars from acne to darken and become harder to heal. With regular use of your homecare you will start to see results. Consistency is key so stick with it!
Now let’s address how to heal the scars.
Deep and pitted scars result from damaged collagen, the protein that keeps your skin smooth, leaving an uneven texture. The body needs to produce new collagen. Laser or radio frequency treatments help the body rebuild damaged collagen from within. This can take more than one treatment, and we are seeing excellent results with our eMatrix Sublative bi-polar radio frequency machine, which may be used for all skin types.
What if my acne scars are dark?
For our clients with darker skin tones who end up with stubborn dark acne scars, there are beneficial options for you too. You can use a variety of topical products containing Kojic acid or hydroquinone, and also consider a series of chemical peels to reduce your acne scars.
Do acne scars appear on the back?
Acne does not just appear on the face. It often affects the back and people end up with similar scarring. The treatment methods mentioned above work on the back as well, and because the skin is more resilient with slower cell turnover, the treatments and products chosen can be more aggressive.
So the answer to the question “do acne scars go away” is a resounding yes.
It is difficult to determine the best regimen for you until you come in to Pulse for a consultation with our knowledgeable estheticians. Once we gather some information, examine your skin and have a face-to-face conversation, we can create a regimen specific to address your needs. And of course, our consultations are free. It is only with patience and diligence in using the right skincare products and seeking out the proper treatments that we can get rid of acne scars, or to a lesser extent, minimize them. Make an appointment today and let’s start getting rid of those scars!