Guide to Treating your Acne Scars and Skin Damage

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When it comes to acne, the physical and emotional effects go beyond the breakout itself. Instead, it is the resulting outcomes and longer lasting effects such as acne scars and skin damage that can negatively impact your physical looks and emotional mentality. Now, while there is not magic want to get rid of them overnight, there are various procedures that you can undergo to handle these unfavorable marks and bumps.

In order for us to treat our skin in the most healthy and optimal way, I believe it is imperative to distinguish acne marks from acne scars. For many patients, they often mistake many dark spots for acne scars. While both can derive from pimples and other blemishes, there is a huge difference between the two blemishes. For acne marks, these are post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation that are usually seen as red and brown marks on the skin. For many of these marks, they tend to go away on their own between three to six months. You can of course expedite the process with diligent treatment of various facial creams that contain topical retinoids, vitamin C serums, sunscreen, and other over the counter remedies. For actual acne scars, these are more permanent indentations from collagen damage and can come in various shapes and forms. Some scars are thick. For atrophic scars, they appear as depressions in the skin and are seen as the most difficult to treat. But this does not mean that they will be there forever.

To help alleviate and remove these acne scars, many dermatologists will recommend laser and filler treatments, depending of course on the severity of the situation. If you find that your acne scars do not fade away on their own, I would highly advise you book an appointment with your dermatologist. Seeing an expert within the medical field, even for a short consultation, can help you decide on whether or not laser and filler treatments are the best options for your skin. Bare in mind, acne scars can be challenging to treat. Certain laser treatments can be very effective. But it is important to keep in mind that results may vary depending on the severity of the scars.

When undergoing laser treatment, it is important that you understand what each treatment can do for your skin. Laser skin resurfacing uses fractionated laser technology to even out the skin surface and increase the formation of new collagen. These new collagens can help fill up those acne scars. An ablative laser is one of the most effective cosmetic procedures for improving aging skin. This procedure can help vaporize your scar, allowing smoother skin to take its place. Filler injections can help fill in the indentations left behind from deep acne scars. The only downside is that this process needs to be repeated for a couple of months.

If you would like more advice or opinions about dermatological health issues, please visit or contact Dr. Matthew David Cole, MD, at Horizon Dermatology and Laser Institute in Newport Beach, CA. You can also call his office at 1-949-439-9288 or visit his site horizonderm.com.