Acne Scars Phoenix
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Guide to Treating Acne Scars and Skin Damage
Cortisone and Fade Creams:
First, if the scar is red or swollen, use an over-the-counter cortisone cream to calm the skin, says Dannielli RN, Registered Nurse, and senior medical esthetician and laser technician at Suddenly Slimmer Med Spa. The cortisone is absorbed by skin cells and reduces inflammation. Next, you’ll want to concentrate on lightening any hyperpigmentation left from the acne scar. “Hydroquinone, a popular skin lightener, is the best cream to help fade acne scars, I recommend using Obagi Nu-Derm System, says Dannielli RN. If you are sensitive to hydroquinone you can use SkinMedica Lytera Skin Brightening Complex.
Laser and Filler Treatments:
If your acne scars don’t fade away on their own, it may be time to consider booking an appointment for CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing or Pixel Laser Skin Resurfacing laser. Within one to three sessions, laser skin resurfacing using CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing or Pixel fractionated laser technology can even out the skin surface and increase new collagen formation to help fill in acne scars.
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Filler injections can also prove beneficial at filling in the indentations left behind from deep acne scars, says Dannielli RN. But the downside to fillers is that they need to be repeated every four to six months, as the product re-absorbs into the skin over time. The main key to seeing acne scars fade is patience. A few weeks after you break out and subsequently scar, new blood vessels move into the injured area to provide nourishment to the skin, which is why most early scars look pink, says Alster. Months later, collagen (the building blocks of the skin) start to reform, filling in the injured section of the skin. Because cystic acne destroys skin and fat, it can take up to a year for the scars to fade, says Dannielli RN. Call today 602-952-8446 to book a FREE consultation to find out which acne scar treatment is right for you!
Acne: What Is It And How Is It Treated?
Acne is the term for blocked pores, pimples, and deeper lumps that can appear on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders, and upper arms. Not only is acne unattractive, but it can also cause a permanent acne scar and emotional distress. Fortunately, patients can often improve mild acne by washing with warm water and mild soap twice a day and/or using a topical over-the-counter acne medication. For severe cases, laser treatment is recommended.
Acne is a common condition that causes blocked pores, pimples, cysts, and other lesions on the skin. While it is most common in teenagers, acne can affect people of all ages, most often appearing on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders, and upper arms.
How Are Acne Scars Formed?
For many patients, once acne lesions clear up or are removed, they leave behind discolorations and indentations on the skin. In many cases, acne can lead to scarring, especially if it is severe. Scars may form after acne has healed and cleared, and may vary from person to person. Some people may have small flat scars that are not very noticeable and others may suffer from more visible and indented scars on the face or affected area. Acne scarring is most often caused by larger acne lesions, such as cysts or nodules, which can swell and rupture, causing a break in the wall of the individual pore. Infected material from the inflamed lesion can spill out through this break and can affect the nearby healthy tissue, leading to the appearance of a scar.
Although not harmful, most people are bothered by the unattractive appearance of these scars and seek treatment to remove or significantly reduce their appearance. Our doctors have a variety of treatments available to treat and minimize the appearance of acne scars.
Acne Scar Treatment | Before And After
What Are The Types Of Acne Scars?
Acne scars can vary in appearance and texture depending on the type and severity of the original acne lesions. Each type of acne scar may require a different type of treatment in order to repair the damaged areas of the skin and produce a smooth, clear appearance.
Atrophic scars develop when there is a loss of tissue. Common types of atrophic scars include ice pick scars and boxcar scars. Ice pick scars are narrow indentations that form deep within the layers of the skin, creating an appearance that the skin has been punctured with an icepick. Boxcar scars are round depressions in the skin similar to chickenpox scars, which may be superficial or deep, depending on the severity of the pimple.
Hypertrophic scars are caused when the body produces too much collagen as acne wounds heal, resulting in excessive amounts of raised tissue on the skin’s surface. Also known as rolling scars, hypertrophic scars create a wave-like appearance in the skin as a result of bands of tissue that develop deep within the skin and pull the epidermis down in certain spots.
Preventing Acne Scars
The most effective way to prevent acne scars from developing is to stop the lesions that lead to scarring from forming. It is also important for patients to avoid picking or popping active lesions, as this can lead to infection and increase the risk of scarring. Picking at scabs should also be avoided to allow natural healing to occur without interruption. Sun exposure can lead to further damage to the skin and may delay the healing of scars and lesions, and should be avoided as much as possible to maintain the health of the skin.
Some patients are naturally prone to developing scars from acne and will not be able to prevent these scars from occurring. Fortunately, there are many treatments available to reduce the appearance of acne scars and revitalize the skin.