Acne Scar Treatment Options

It is rare for acne to not leave some evidence behind. Many times, these blemishes are simply dark or red areas and are superficial. It is normal for these marks to disappear in three to six months.

A scar, however, is permanent skin damage that can be seen as texture changes that have left depressions or projections. This is considered deep level damage and will require treatment to make it disappear.

The scars on your skin may be embarrassing and can sometimes be a problem at work and home. There are treatments for acne scars that can remove these scars. If you want to know more about the best treatment for acne scars, you should contact your dermatologist. They will advise you on how to get rid of your acne scar.

There are several types of treatments for this damage which can include the following:

Dermabrasion is similar to sandblasting with the use of a power-driven drum. The skin is blasted off with the force of the drum and the results are sometimes uneven. This process works well for minor scars and is less likely to leave an ugly mark for longer periods.  This can be a highly effective treatment and be accomplished in only a few minutes.  There is a moderate risk as this method can remove healthy skin as well as the damaged area.

Laser resurfacing is a relatively new technology used to remove the layer of skin (the skin sheath) at the scar site. For minor scars, this is done with the use of a laser. It works by burning the outer layer of the skin and if done at the right places, it is less likely to leave an ugly mark. It is important to know that the only way to know that laser resurfacing has worked is if the scar has been erased. The results of laser resurfacing for each scar will vary. The procedure may be more likely to produce smooth results or the skin may look red and rough.

Another option is the use of a chemical peel, which involves the application of chemicals to burn away the surface of the skin. This is usually used for skin damage and discoloration that does not require surgical removal. This treatment also has moderate risk as it can also cause side effects such as redness and scaling, but with effective treatments available, the risk is usually minimal.

Finally, there is the use of a punch grafting technique.  This treatment involves the use of a small tool that resembles a cookie cutter that is used to cut out the scar.  A small graft of skin is placed in the void and held in with sutures, steri strips, or special surgical skin glue.  This method involves little pain and a short recovery time.  Minimal risk is associated with punch grating and usually involves only redness or scaling.

Acne scars are not only physically but also emotionally damaging as the scarred skin may look unhealthy. If you have severe acne scars, it is advisable to visit your dermatologist to choose the most effective treatment.

Acne scar treatment will be different for each individual and it is important to consult a specialist before undergoing any treatment.

Treatment may require the removal of scars to be permanent. While these methods work for some, they may not work for all. The most important step is to get the proper advice.