• Acne Scars – types of acne scars and how to treat them efficiently

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    Acne Scars TreatmentWhen you think it’s over, your skin remains an esthetic battlefield: scars are those unsightly souvenirs reminding you of past breakouts and nothing seems to make them go away. A regular topical product is not powerful enough to make your skin look even and smooth again, that’s why it is important to be precautious from the early acne treatment stages. Do not squeeze, pick, or rub your acne – the gentle, patient way is always the best way to avoid later trouble. Getting rid of acne can be a long process, but scars are a lifetime visible effect – or just a very expensive issue to deal with. 

    Here are the most common types of acne scars:

    1. Atrophic (it the most common type – it mostly appears as a hole in the skin because of tissue loss)

     

     

    - Ice pick scars- appear to be small on the surface but they are deep holes in your skin
    - Dell scars – shallow holes with smooth edges, looking like a fine ripple on the surface of the skin
    - Ragged scars –shallow holes with rough edges
    - Atrophic macules – small, soft scars on the surface of the skin; they can appear bluish or pale ivory because of the blood vessels under the skin
    - Follicular macular atrophy – white scars, these can be temporary or permanent
     

    2. Hypertrophic (with extra tissue produced by the cells, appears as a growth of tissue on the skin surface)

     

    - Keloids – the result of collagen production in the blemished area. They develop from pimples that grow into hard, brown bumps.

    Dealing with scars is not an easy process. Skin is permanently changed and the signs left can only go away with extensive treatments. Nowadays, several efficient options are available: dermabrasion, laser resurfacing, chemical peels (all remove the outer layers of the skin to reveal the new layers and help skin regenerate faster), saline injections and collagen treatments and injections. All procedures have pros and cons and a discussion with your dermatologist is recommended to ensure your scars could be treated with a certain procedure.
    It is important to make sure your acne is completely gone when you start treating your scars. Topically, you can help improve the cells turnover so that your skin regenerates better and produces new tissue- ideally it should produce more collagen to fill in the “holes”. However this is not something you can easily influence from the outside layers of the skin. Vitamins and antioxidants are required to help with the overall health of the skin and boost the collagen production. Topical products based on collagen and deep moisturizers can improve the appearance of scars in time. All these topical procedures, coupled with sunscreens (SPF protection is a must!) and a few home exfoliation treatments are easy steps anyone can take towards removing or improving the look of scars.
     


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