Acne is a common and bothersome irritation in most people around the world at some point in their lives. While acne may be cleared up with over the counter or prescription treatments, the scars left behind are an unwanted consequence. Even when acne pimples or cysts are not picked at or bothered, they can often leave behind a scar because of the collagen-damaging inflammation that occurs. Even with the best care, scars can be left on the face or neck that cause one to feel self-conscious.
Dermatologists are able to help people improve their skin’s appearance by lessening the scars left behind by acne. There are fade creams available to help lighten the skin around the acne scar and make it less noticeable. Treatment creams with cortisone are also used to calm the irritated skin area.
Laser treatments are also used by dermatologists when scars simply won’t fade on their own or with treatment creams. Within one to three sessions, laser skin resurfacing can even out the skin’s surface and skin tone to help improve its overall appearance. There are also filler treatments used by dermatologists for deep scars left behind by acne. Fillers “fill” in the hole that is on the surface to give the appearance of smooth skin. However, with filler treatments, they must be repeated every four to six months as the product will absorb into the skin.
If you or a loved one is dealing with the painful or embarrassing reminder of past acne, speak with your dermatologist about treating your acne scars. There are many available acne scar treatment options to improve the look of your skin.
Posted on behalf of Benjamin Stong, MD, Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery, LLC