While acne doesn't usually last forever, the unsightly scars that can come as a result of years of pimples can. Luckily, there are many acne scarring treatment options that can help people improve the appearance of their skin.
Recently, The Ottawa Citizen spoke to two dermatologists about the choices people have for effective acne scarring treatment.
Acne and scarring: more common than you may think
Acne is the most common skin disorder in the U.S., affecting an estimated 40 to 50 million Americans, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Almost 85 percent of all people experience acne at some point in their lives, and many of these individuals may be in need of acne laser treatment.
To understand what acne scarring treatment is right for them, people first need to determine what type they have. According to Acne.org, there are four major types of scars: ice pick, boxcar, rolling and hypertrophic.
There are many pictures available online that can help people see which type of scars that they have.
How does acne laser treatment work?
The Citizen reports that there are two main types of acne laser treatment: ablative laser and non-ablative laser.
Ablative lasers remove a layer of skin with a laser beam and remove microscopic channels so that the volume of the scar is reduced. While this procedure is effective, is also has some side effects, such as skin whitening, so people have to be sure to choose a doctor they trust.
Non-albative lasers do not remove a layer of skin, but instead target scar tissue until it is damaged. When it heals, the texture of the skin may show improvement.This procedure has far less risk and need of downtime it may be a good idea for people who have moderate acne scars.
"By decreasing the redness of the scar, its appearance is improved," said dermatologist Demetra Vassiliou, quoted by the news source. "With time, the redness of the scar will go away on its own."
What are other forms of acne scarring treatment?
The Citizen added that Botox injections and other fillers may improve the appearance of scars.
Also, people should avoid popping, squeezing, or picking at acne to keep scars from developing. Individuals who want to improve their skin should talk to a doctor about acne scar treatment options.