Dealing with acne is always harder than it sounds. It is not considered as a major medical condition but it is certainly troublesome, especially if the case is severe. When an acne infection finally clears up, then the real challenge begins – how to manage the acne scars. Hiding acne scars is not as easy as covering the blemishes with makeupor using exfoliating products and scar-fading spot treatments. Acne scars destroy the surface of our skin, leaving it rough and uneven. Fortunately, it is now possible to live a life without the burden of acne scars, thanks to acne scar removal treatments available today.
The first step in treating acne scars is pretty basic: you must make sure that there are no active scars left. If you still have acne, there is a chance that it can cause new breakouts and thus, new acne scars.The next step is to identify the type of scars. The most prevalent type of acne scar is called depressed or atrophic scars.Depressed scars form when there is a shortage of collagen during the wound’s healing process. Depressed scars have three types. The first one is called boxcar scars, which are huge scars with sharp edges. Boxcar scars can either be deep or shallow and if they are shallow, there is a better chance that they can still be treated using skin resurfacing treatments. Ice pick scars are round-shaped and deep scars similar to the look of chickenpox scars. Rolling scars are characterized as irregularly-shaped wide depressions. Aside from facial acne scars, chest and back acne are also common. The scars in these regions are called raised or hypertropic scars and they are typically caused by an excessive amount of collagen during the healing process.
Before undergoing any acne scar removal in Singapore, you should get a medical consultation first with a qualified doctor or dermatologist. Why? Because the success of your treatment heavily depends on the skills of the medical professional who will be performing the treatment. If the person who will manage your treatment does not have the necessary knowledge of your skin condition, you may not get your desired results. And worse, it could be dangerous.
You also need to make several changes to your lifestyle prior to getting an acne scar removal treatment. Your doctor will ask you to stop smoking for at least a month, avoid taking medications that can delay the healing process (for example, aspirin, vitamin E, and other supplements), take a break from using retinoid or glycolic acid-based skin care products, and avoid sun exposure and tanning beds.
If the patient has some mild form of acne scarring, the doctor or dermatologist will recommend microdermabrasion or a chemical peel. But if there is severe scarring from previous acne breakouts, other options may be sought. Dermabrasion uses a spinning device to smoothen the topmost surface of the skin so that when new skin is formed, a new and smoother layer of skin is revealed. However, the skin requires a longer time to heal after being subjected to this type of treatment. Laser resurfacing is another method of treating acne scars. It uses a laser-emitting device to remove the upper layer of the skin that is damaged by scarring and at the same time, stimulates collage production in the middle layer, thus resulting in smoother skin. Skin that is treated using laser resurfacing usually takes up to ten days to recover fully. Lastly, there is fractional laser therapy that targets a deeper layer of skin. Fractional laser therapy bypasses the upper layer of skin tissue so the recovery period is relatively shorter. The only downside to this type of treatment is that you will experience a feeling similar to a sunburn while the skin is healing. Sometimes, when rolling scars are present, the doctor injects a filler material beneath the scar in order to add some volume to the depressed sections and in extreme cases, surgery is advised to remove deep scars.
Dealing with acne scars is truly a tedious process but in any case, do not be compelled to cover up the scars with heavy makeup and serums because no matter how effective they claim to be, these will not help and may only cause irritations. Once the scars get irritated, they will be more visible – and we certainly do not want that to happen! On a similar noted, you should refrain from popping or squeezing every single pimple that appears on your face. It is a very tempting, yes, but it can damage the skin and eventually lead to the formation of new scars. Follow your dermatologist’s instructions instead and keep in mind that the best way to treat acne scars is to prevent them first.
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