We understand that acne alone can be frustrating, and when you add on the scarring that acne can leave behind, it can be quite upsetting. The good news is that we can help you treat your acne scars for smoother skin! Our first step will be to treat your acne, as new breakouts can lead to further scarring. Once we have your acne under control, we can get starting on fading those pesky acne scars.
What Causes Acne Scarring?
Acne scarring is caused when acne breakouts reach the deeper layers of the skin, damaging the underlying tissues.
There are a number of different types of acne scars, including:
- Boxcar: Appear as wide scars with sharp edges. They may be shallow or deep, though shallow scars respond better to treatments.
- Ice Pick: These scars are narrow and V-shaped that go deep into the skin.
- Rolling: Rolling scars are wide depressions in the skin with rounded edges.
Acne Scarring Treatment Options
At our office, Dr. Gray is highly knowledgeable in the many different treatment options available for acne scarring. With her expertise, we are sure to find an option to help you diminish your acne scarring for a boost in confidence. Possible treatment options include:
Dermal Fillers: Injecting fillers under the skin can add volume to indented scars, making them less noticeable. Results will be immediately apparent.
Microneedling: This treatment uses a hand-held microneedling pen to create micro-injuries in the skin. Collagen is stimulated as the body heals these wounds, helping to reduce the depth of acne scarring.
Chemical Peels: Chemicals peels are used to remove the top layer of skin, reducing the appearance of both shallow and deeper acne scarring.
Laser Treatments: Non-ablative laser treatments such as IPL do not remove the topmost layer of the skin and require no downtime. They work by treating discoloration that is left behind from acne.
Laser Resurfacing: This treatment removes the topmost layers of the skin to stimulate collagen production and healing. It is a great option for treating all types of acne scars.
Medical-Grade Product Treatment
Dr. Gray may also prescribe certain medical-grade skin care products to help reduce the appearance of your acne scarring. These may include:
Lactic Acid: Products containing lactic acids such as serums, ointments, and peels can improve all types of acne scars. It works by exfoliating dead skin cells to smooth the overall texture of the skin.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids: AHAs also remove dead skin cells, gently exfoliating the outer layers of this skin. This, in turn, aids in removing discoloration and rough skin, making scars less noticeable.
Salicylic Acid: This product exfoliates the skin to reduce the appearance of acne scars and spots left behind by acne breakouts.
Retinoids: Topical retinoids smooth out the look and feel of acne scars, making them less noticeable. They also speed up cell regeneration, helping to reduce skin discoloration.