Acne Scarring - What Treatment Options Are Available?
Acne Scarring can have serious effects on a person's self-esteem and emotional state.
Fortunately there have been important advances in the treatment of acne-related scarring in
recent years. You should also remember though that nothing will completely heal most scars.
Below is a summary of the best options available. Obviously you always consult a doctor before
trying any as every individual is different.
Also known as Dermabrasion, this form of scar treatment uses a motorized burr, which usually
contains diamond particles. Diamonds are the strongest abrasives known to man, so you will
notice some scabbing once the procedure is completed. Once the wound is healed, a smooth pink
layer of new skin will appear. Multiple treatments are often necessary, each one costing up to
Using lasers to treat scars is a relatively new technology, but is one of the most promising options
for the most severe scarring. The lasers actually remove scarred skin, and encourage growth of
replenished skin in its place. After treatment, the skin will be pink and swollen for about a week,
so bandages need to be kept over the skin to prevent infection. It takes months for the skin to
return to normal, but most people will see less noticeable scars and smoother skin. Laser scar
treatment is, however, an expensive option.
The patient's own body fat or collagen is injected into the scar site for this method of acne scar
treatment. This works well for some people with deep-pitted scars, but it is only a temporary fix
and needs to be repeated every 6 months. The material injected serves to raise the skin, and
reduce the pitted appearance, and wrinkling from the scar. However, this procedure can also be
Creams and Gels
This is obviously one of the cheaper options, but there are a lot of creams out there which will not