What’s worse than acne? Acne scars! Not only do you have to go through the trouble with acne leaving your skin with imperfections for a time, but they leave battle scars behind for everyone to see. Although acne scars are just a sign that your breakouts are beginning to heal, they have an unpleasant appearance that can stick around if left untreated.
Before we dive in how to treat acne scars, we must first discuss the difference between acne scars and acne marks. Acne marks, despite the discolouration, are smooth and are not raised or indented. They normally fade on their own overtime and the length of time depends person to person. They quickly clear up with the use of products such as: vitamin C, retinol, exfoliators, and sunscreen. Acne scars, on the other hand, are the result of breakouts that have penetrated deeply in the skin. The two different types of acne scars are: Raised Acne Scars, also known as Hypertrophic Scars and Depressed Acne Scars, also known as Atrophic Scars. Hypertrophic scars are firm, tender, and are bumpy above the skin’s surface, whereas atrophic scars are those crater-like marks on the skin. Unfortunately, unlike acne marks, acne scars last longer and are more difficult to treat. Lucky for you we have just the right treatments!
Microneedling with PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) uses tiny little needles to create controlled micro-injuries to the skin in order to aid in the production of collagen and elastin. The skin’s repair process results in a thicker epidermis with a softer appearance of wrinkles by allowing these micro-channels to absorb topical gels, creams, and serums more effectively, enhancing the effects in deeper layers of the skin. The collagen produced by this treatment fills the crevices of the scars and leads to the quicker healing of them.
Clinical peels, such as the ZO Skin Health Red Carpet Peel, exfoliate the skin and lighten the appearance of acne marks and scars. It removes the outer layer of old skin and the new skin that replaces it results in a less scarred appearance. It can even prevent new breakouts from occurring!
Now that you have this information in your arsenal and know what treatments are best suited to combat scars and marks, they probably don’t seem so scary after all. Goodbye battle scars, hello healthy looking skin!