When the underlying skin tissue is damaged, scars will form, and this will occur if you pick at or pop a zit. This means that even after getting rid of a stubborn pimple, you may be left with a reminder and acne scars are frustrating and unpleasant to deal with. They can affect one’s confidence and self-esteem, but there are treatments that are available, and the following are the most effective for acne scarring:

Dermabrasion

A coarse material is used during this process to scrape away a certain portion of your skin. This treatment can be used for a variety of skin pigmentation issues, including scarring, and while it’s effective, dermabrasion is recommended for those with fair skin and severe scarring that has fully healed. Those with darker skin tones may notice discoloration if they choose this treatment.

Laser Therapy

This process works by targeting the affected area with a beam of light at a specific energy level which stimulates the tissue and triggers it to repair. Over time, the scar’s pigment will start to look more like the surrounding skin, and multiple procedures will be required. Some patients will find that laser therapy will completely remove their acne scars, and even if this is not the case, this treatment will reduce the appearance of your scars significantly.

Microneedling

A rolling device containing several small needles will be used during this procedure, and this device will run across your skin to penetrate the underlying scar tissue. The tiny pricks from this tool will stimulate that specific area of your skin to produce more collagen, and this will lighten up or remove your scar over time.

Radiofrequency Combined with Microneedling

This adds an energy component, which can make a big difference as radio frequencies can stimulate a physical response. When this is combined with microneedling, your skin will become even more activated and will start rebuilding. This is a more recent acne scar treatment, and this method has proven to be effective for acne scars.

Chemical Peeling

A peel containing a specific chemical will be placed over the skin, and the acidic substance will remove the top layer of your skin to allow a new layer of skin cells to grow, which will replace the old, scarred cells. Phenol, glycolic acid and salicylic acid are some of the chemicals that may be used, and these peels can be very effective, but you need to discuss this option with your dermatologist to see if this treatment is right for you.

FAB Laser and Skin Care can provide you with more information regarding acne scar treatments, and we offer a number of other services as well. We specialize in body contouring, cellulite, skin tightening, and body slimming treatments, so if you are in Burnaby, contact us today!