Hey, loves! Today’s post is one that covers a topic I have spent my whole life dealing with – acne scars! If you’ve followed me for a while, you know how frustrating this has been for me! And though you know I always prefer a more a natural approach to my skin, sometimes medical or cosmetic procedures are the only way to fix something like acne scarring. I actually had dermabrasion done when I was 18 to try and lessen my deep pitted scarring (a post for another day), so I know that sometimes nature alone isn’t enough. That being said, this post was written in collaboration with Sonia Knight from Be:Skinformed, who also has a degree in dermatology, therefore she’ll be covering the medical treatments and I will be adding my top 3 fave natural ingredients and the products that include them that have actually helped my scarring. 😀
If you’re also someone who deals with acne scarring, whether it’s hyperpigmentation or indentations, read on…
TOP 3 Treatments to Deal with Acne Scars
Dealing with acne can really suck the joy from your life. It is even worse if you have acne scars to contend with as well. The good thing is that there is something you can do about it; acne scars can be dealt with fair and square as long as you are armed with the right treatments.
With the numerous acne scar treatments available, choosing the right one can be a daunting task. To make it easier, we have chosen the top 3 treatments to deal with acne scars and filled you in on details of each.
Dermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure that traces its popularity back to the mid-20th Century. As the name suggests, dermabrasion involves the use of abrasive material to wear away top layers of blemished skin to pave way for newer and flawless skin. The best part is that acne scars are one of the conditions that the procedure is meant to specifically deal with.
Dermabrasion is an outpatient procedure. The doctor thoroughly cleanses your skin then administers local anaesthesia on the affected skin in readiness for treatment. With a high-speed rotating wire brush, a dermabrader, he brushes the scars to clear the blemishes away.
After the procedure, your skin feels uncomfortable and looks swollen and pink. This should subside within 24 hours or slightly more. Your doctor may recommend medication to ease your discomfort and advice on aftercare which includes protecting your skin from UV and avoiding certain makeup until you heal.
Your skin starts regenerating within 24 hours but you might have to wait for up to 2 weeks for complete healing. Some of the side effects to expect include scarring, swelling, and skin infection.
Note: Dermabrasion is only suitable for people with fair skin; it can result in scarring and permanent skin discolouration for dark-skinned people.
#2 Fraxel Laser Skin Resurfacing
Fraxel laser technology is one of the modern laser-based skin treatments that effectively rid your skin of acne scars. It’s an FDA-approved treatment that triggers the skin to replace dead and hyperpigmented areas, resulting in fairer and younger skin.
It’s a non-invasive treatment that rejuvenates and restores your skin tone with minimal side effects and recovery time. Its efficaciousness is guaranteed by microscopic-targeting of skin blemishes with the use of highly concentrated light beams.
As one of the best acne scar treatments, its recommended for all skin types since it is regenerative and can be tailored to target specific skin types. Depending on the treatment plan, Fraxel skin resurfacing can take the form of a single to a few sessions. In case of multiple sessions, the treatments are spaced at 4-6 weeks apart.
Common side effects with Fraxel laser treatments include redness and swelling of the target area. The feeling is similar to sunburns and usually dissipates a few hours after treatment. Also, you should expect short-lived dryness, a somewhat bronze appearance and peeling that takes up to several weeks following the treatment.
Although results vary with individuals, hyperpigmentation due to acne is usually absent a week after the treatment. A month later, redness and tenderness should be completely gone to reveal new, younger and unblemished skin.
#3 Skin Needling or Derma Rolling
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Derma roller or derma stamp is a needle-studded instrument which is rolled on the skin to mildly traumatize it. The trauma triggers the production of collagen and elastin, compounds that support the skin healing process. For this reason, needling is also referred to as collagen induction therapy. As the skin heals, it gets rid of flaws such as scars, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation.
Needling does not damage the epidermis; this lowers the risk of scarring or hyperpigmentation making it one of the best acne scars treatments for people with dark skin. Additionally, it does not create a boundary between treated and untreated skin, a common scenario with most skin resurfacing procedures.
How long the procedure takes depends on the severity of your condition and the extent of the affected area. Normally, the treatment can take up to one hour. The doctor numbs the treatment area with local anaesthesia or numbing cream after which a derma roller is rolled on your skin severally following a specific pattern for the needles to puncture the skin.
The downtime varies in different individuals and may also depend on the depth of penetration of needles.
Results can be seen as early as 2-3 weeks, especially for atrophic scars. Hypertrophic ones may require months. The number of sessions depends on the condition of your skin but there should be a minimum of 6 weeks after each; your dermatologist should advise you on this.
If you choose to perform the treatment at home, it is important you purchase sterilized, high-quality derma rollers to avoid making your situation worse. Also, seek advice on the length of the needle to use.
Some of the possible side effects of micro needling are increased photosensitivity, skin dryness, stinging or burning sensation, and inflammation.
Choosing to deal with acne scars is a step towards a smoother skin and a way to restore your confidence. While at it, you want to go for treatments that are tried and tested. The above procedures have been around long enough to deserve a try. Whichever you choose, your acne scars woes may just become a thing of the past.
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TBE’s Top 3 Fave Natural Products That Have Helped my Acne Scars:
- Tamanu Oil – read my post here. Some of my fave products with this ingredient include Shea Terra Organics Tamanu Oil, Enessa Organics Moringa Balance Elixir & Annmarie Skin Care Normal Facial Oil
- Rosehip Oil – Shea Terra Organics, Genetix Organics (code Brie saves you $$) Facial Serums & Annmarie Skin Care Facial Oils
- Helichrysum Oil – Annmarie Skin Care Facial Oils & Living Libations JewelDab
What treatments or products do you use to treat your acne scars? Have you had any of the medical procedures before? What was your experience?
Thank you to Sonia and her team for providing such insightful information! 😀
Until next time,
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Please note: This is not a blogger guest post as TBE no longer accept guest posts – this was a collaboration with an expert in their field.