Anyone who remembers dealing with teenage acne knows how it can negatively affect your self confidence. As an adult, seeing acne scars can bring up unpleasant memories of the past. Today it’s possible to find the best solutions for your acne scars and remove them from your face and your memory.
At Home Treatments
Although there are some acne scar treatments you can try at home, it is always best to see Mystic Valley Dermatology Associates before beginning a new treatment to be sure the scar is not another type of condition. If you are seeking at-home treatment, look for lotions, serums, and ointments that contain these acid products.
- Alpha Hydroxy Acid – AHA removes dead skin and prevents clogged pores. A product with AHA can help make scars less noticeable.
- Lactic acid improves skin texture and pigmentation.
- Retinoids smooth scars and reduce discoloration. This is best for depressed scars, but be careful about going out in the sun. Take extra care to use sunscreen.
- Salicylic acid can be found in pads, lotions and certain cleansers. It will help to clean pores and exfoliate
In Office Treatments
If you have serious scars or have had no luck with at home remedies, speak to Mystic Valley Dermatology Associates about what in office treatment for your acne scars might be best for you.
This is a common and very effective method to remove acne scars, especially on the face. Similar to microdermabrasion, this in office treatment can exfoliate more deeply to reduce the appearance of acne scars.
This technique removes the top layer of skin. Patients need to cover the area with a bandage, but the healing time is relatively fast. This method is not recommended for anyone still susceptible to acne.
A chemical peel removes the top layer of skin and deep scars. Although this can be done at home, a professional uses a stronger and more concentrated solution to achieve much better results.
Used for many cosmetic purposes, fillers contain collagen that is injected underneath the skin to plump up depressed scars and smooth out the skin. Normally a filler will last 6 – 8 months.
This is a newer technique using small needles on a roller to puncture the skin. As it heals, it produces new collagen to fill in depressed acne scars, but it may take a bit longer to see results.
There are additional in office procedures to remove deep depressed scars.
If you still get occasional acne, avoid popping or squeezing the new breakouts. This will only irritate the skin and lead to scarring later.
If you are interested in having smooth skin again, contact Mystic Valley Dermatology Associates at (781) 438-6350 for the best solution for your acne scars.