Friday, 28 February 2020 06:08

What Are the Main Types of Acne Scarring?

There are different types of scar – some of these will fade away naturally in time but some are harder to get rid of. The main types are:

1. Macules: flat, red spots where you once had a spot, boil or acne breakout. These tend to fade on their own after a while.

2. Skin discoloration: where a healed acne scar leaves you with discolored skin. This is sometimes called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and can take months to fade completely.

3. Tissue scars: these are the enlarged, raised growths also called keloids caused by excess production of collagen.

4. Tissue loss: the acne ‘pits’ or scars caused by a loss of tissue

Common Treatments for Acne Scarring:

Micro-dermabrasion: this is where I use a medical grade machine to exfoliate your skin using very small crystals, taking off the surface layer of dead skin and encouraging cell renewal. For deeper scars it’s likely you’ll need more than one session, so keep this in mind. It’s non-invasive, doesn’t hurt and requires no downtime so is an ideal first treatment for acne scarring.

Chemical peels: a chemical peel is very effective at reducing hyperpigmentation and also reducing the appearance of shallow acne scars. A chemical peel simply involves applying a mild type of acid to your skin to remove the very top layer. Taking off the dead skin cells leaves your skin looking brighter and evens out your skin tone. Mild skin peels don’t usually need any down time, but the harsher ones might leave your skin red for a while, with some peeling. Keep in mind more than one treatments is necessary for the best results.

I also use microdermabrasion and microchanneling together for acne scars as well.

Come in for a consultation and see what we can do for YOU!

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