This post is a contributing post by a friend.
Having a zit is bad enough, but no one should have to suffer from acne scars years after the acne is long gone! Luckily there are ways to remove acne scars and get your skin back to its former glory.
Red or brown acne marks that are left behind after a pimple (also known as macules) will usually fade with no need for treatment. To encourage skin renewal, try skin treatments with retinoids (prescription Retin-A or over the counter creams with retinol), hydroquinone, kojic acid, glycolic acid or lactic acid.
You can also try facial peels. Read about Phyrra’s PCA Skin Sensi Peel Experience.
Be careful with hydroquinone if you have a darker skin tone because some dark skin tones can have a (rare) reactive darkening. For darker skin tones, try one of the other options. For severe marks, try dermabrasion or chemical peels to remove the top, discolored layers of skin.
Deep, pitted acne scars can take two forms: scars with a gradual dip or depression or scars that are deep and narrow. These acne scars have many different names including ice-pick scars, depressed fibrotic scars, soft scars, atrophic macules, or follicule macular atrophy.
For deep acne scars, laser resurfacing can be very effective. Laser Skin Resurfacing is a cosmetic laser procedure that, when performed in the hands of the proper licensed medical professional, can have amazing results beginning with the very first treatment. Laser resurfacing uses high-energy light to remove damaged and discolored skin. Laser resurfacing may also be used to minimize wrinkles and fine lines.
Be realistic with your expectations, and explore your options with your doctor or skin care professional.
Guest post by Damon Scordo, General Manager of South Coast MedSpa (SCMS), a worldwide leader in laser skin resurfacing treatment for all skin types. SCMS is proud to announce the grand opening of its 4th location in San Diego. SCMS offers San Diego skin resurfacing, San Diego skin rejuvenation and San Diego acne scar removal for dark skin as well as light skin tones. SCMS also has locations in Los Angeles and Orange County.
I have had laser treatments done on my larger facial scar and while it is improved, it’s far from gone. While laser treatments can be very effective on some scars, its best to go in knowing that it might not turn out like you want. It’s not a one shot, miracle treatment. It’s also good to know that it can be pretty painful but it’s far from unbearable. I may go in for more treatments but not at this time. But if you do have facial scars, acne or not, I do recommend looking into laser treatments as it does help where other products fail.
i think one of the best and easiest, most non-painful (and cheaper!) ways to rid yourself of acne scars is to get a peel! they’re quick and you see results within less than 5 – 7 days. i used to have tons of scarring along my jaw and chin. i swear by peels and it’s what has saved my skin.
lasers don’t work for everyone, especially if you have dark skin. peels can be used on everyone! and depending on your skin tone, it can be tweaked especially for you from low to high and with varying acids (lactic, glycolic, ect.)
I have a small facial scar from where I had pre-cancerous cells removed a few years ago. I’ve wondered if peels or lasers were the way to go. I recently got a recommendation for a dermatologist in my area, so who knows? I might be getting zapped by a laser soon, lol.
Great info… I have to get on my dermabrasion soon.