Acne Scarring Treatments - Which Option is Right for You?

By: Dan Wright

Acne can be debilitating, especially when scars begin to appear due to the inflammation which caused the condition. In fact, there are some people who have the genetic make-up which invites scarring although it differs from one person to another. If the inflammation is deep within the skin, the result will become more severe.

Generally speaking, depending upon the intensity of the inflammation of the skin, there are several types of scars which may appear. Whether they are caused by loss of skin tissue or, conversely, an increase of tissue - they are nonetheless a result of the acne condition. Some of the more commonly known scars which may appear as a result of the loss of tissue include: keloids, which are large raised scars; ice pick scars; fibrotic scars; atrophic scars; and macules, which are mostly red patches of skin.

While there are a number of acne scarring treatments such as: dermabrasion, laser treatments, and microdermabrasion therapy, there may be cases in which additional scarring can occur.

This is why it is so important to visit your dermatologist so that an assessment can be made as to what type of acne you have, what is the best course of treatment, and what type of scarring treatment will be most effective with the least amount of residual effects.

While these treatments are directed to the surface of the skin to remove the scars, it can also have the opposite affect, that is, produce additional scarring. Laser treatment may be more effective in removing the scar tissue, but would require additional treatment for the redness that will follow.

Acne can be devastating, especially to teens. Acne scarring treatments are no less frightening. When seeking acne scarring treatments, it is important to obtain more than one diagnosis. Perhaps one dermatologist will propose topical treatments, which are non-invasive. If the condition worsens, it may be necessary to have the treatments described above. However, it is equally important to treat the teen as well.

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