Overview: Acne Scar
Acne is the most common skin problem in India. All age group has been affected by acne & acne scars. It can develop in teens, 20s, 30s, 40s, and even 50s. Although it is a common problem in adolescence but can happen in any age group.
Skin types are mostly defined by genetics. It varies from person to person. Basically, there are 4 types of skin namely normal, oily, dry, and a combination of dry, and oily skin. Each skin type requires a different line of treatment.
The damage caused by Acne scars should not be ignored. Timely treatment must be initiated to repair the deteriorating cells. If left untreated, Acne scars can darken the skin and leave a permanent mark on the face.
Dr. Pranjal specializes in the treatment of Acne scars. Our treatment is determined and tailored depending on the severity and type of Acne scar. We carry out a detailed evaluation, diagnose the root cause and then recommend a tailored treatment. Dr. Pranjal has a rich experience of 20 years. She has been successfully treating and helping people reverse the damage caused by acne scars.
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What Are Acne Scars?
Before starting any Acne treatment, it is important to understand the starting point of Acne. When the inflamed hair follicles are blocked by oil and dead skin cells, then this skin condition is called acne. This condition causes the pores to swell up, then rupture the walls of the pores by causing scars. The degree of scars will vary depending on a number of factors such as skin tone and pimple severity.
Acne can take shape in the form of pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, cysts, and lumps. The severity of Acne scars may increase with the accumulation of germs and grease.
Often Acme appears on the face but it can develop in the back, neck, chest, upper arm, and shoulder.
Causes of Acne Scars
Skin Care and Beauty Products
Using beauty products can sometimes lead to skin irritation and breakout. Excessive makeup is another cause of recurring Acne. Sometimes, continuing with the same skincare regimen may also lead to Acne.
It has been seen that genetic predisposition also is one of the reasons for Acne. If it is left untreated for a long time, the inflammation can be a reason for high severity. If the inflammation of the skin is higher, then the chance of getting more acne scars is also high
Androgens hormones go up in boys and girls during puberty and it causes the sebaceous glands to enlarge and produce high sebum. Hormone changes that occur during midlife, particularly in women, can lead to breakouts too.
The use of certain medications can cause side effects and result in Acne. For example, drugs containing corticosteroids, testosterone, or lithium lead to Acne.
Besides the above-mentioned reasons, Acne Scars can also develop due to unhealthy habits. Popping a pimple, excessively touching and washing the skin, applying low-quality creams, and using a washcloth to wash the face are some of the factors leading to Acne scars and deteriorating Acne.
Types of Acne Scars
Acne scars are categorized into main two categories. Within these two categories, there are 4 more types of Acne Scars. Let’s explain all of them in brief.
Atrophic Acne Scars
They occur when the body produces inadequate collagen during the healing process, resulting in cave-like depressed scars on the surface of the skin.
Hypertrophic Acne Scar
They occur when the body starts to produce excessive collagen during the healing process, resulting in protruding bumps.
Within these two categories, there are 4 more types of Acne Scars.
They look like chicken pox scarring. These boxcar depressions are generally round or oval along with very steep vertical sides. It’s a type of atrophic scarring.
This type of atrophic scarring is characterized by long, thin, needle-like marks. The small and deep holes in the surface of the skin look like the skin has been punctured with a sharp object.
Keloid Scars are more severe than a typical hypertrophic scar, these raised bumps can, in some cases end up being larger than the original acne lesion.
Rolling scars give an appearance of wave-like depressions on the surface of the skin.
How to prevent Acne scars?
Treating Acne as and when they appear:
Timely and quick treatment helps to keep breakouts to a minimum and slows down the severity. The easiest and simple way of preventing scarring is preventing pimples.
Maintaining a well-balanced skincare routine:
Although Acne scarring is not associated with hygiene, keeping your skin clean can help to reduce blockages which is the main reason to cause acne spots.
Avoid squeezing or picking pimples:
Squeezing or picking at spots can burst the Acne. Those burst spots damage the skin and cause acne scarring on the face. It can also lead to infection.
Using the right products:
Using higher-grade skin products when the symptoms are severe can reduce scarring. Using prescription products rather than over-the-counter products is the right approach.
Avoid picking the scabs:
Picking at scabs must be avoided. A scab is the skin’s natural protection. It protects the wounds in the healing process. Picking a scab off a wound before it is ready delays the healing process and compounds the chances of scarring.
Do not scrub:
Avoid scrubbing too harshly. This can probably lead to even more skin damage. To reduce inflammation, aggressive scrubbing should best be avoided.
Treatment options available for Acne Scar at Dr. Health Clinic
Finding out the root cause of Acne and starting the right treatment at the right time is an important condition to successfully treat Acne scarring. We, at Dr. Health Clinic, scientifically evaluate the pros and cons of the underlying skin condition and select the safest and most effective option to treat Acne scars. Various forms of treatment are:
Skin Resurfacing Treatment
It is a cosmetic treatment used to improve appearance by removing the outer layer of the skin. As this layer is removed, new, smoother skin is revealed in its place. Under Skin Resurfacing treatment, chemical peels can be used to treat hyperpigmentation as well as Acne scarring.
Micro-needling is another great treatment for reducing the appearance of acne scars. Under this treatment, tiny needles are used to create microchannels in the skin. The treatment allows the active ingredients from your acne-fighting skincare to deliver to the deeper layers of your skin.
Microdermabrasion is one of the most important treatments for combating acne. It involves the use of fine crystals or a diamond tip wand to gently remove the outer layer of dead skin cells. The treatment helps in uncovering smoother and more radiant skin. It also improves the appearance of wrinkles and age spots besides treating acne scars.
Collagen Induction Therapy
Collagen Induction Therapy is also known as combination Therapy. The treatment involves a combination of topical applications, oral medicines, and natural supplements to boost collagen production. The increased collagen in the body kills the bacteria and repairs the skin.
Skin Bio Fillers & Tightening
This treatment involves the use of certain medicines to lift the depressed scars upwards. This process helps to align with the rest of the skin and appear uniform.
This treatment is also known as scar removal peels. Tin this treatment, the top layer of the skin is peeled off. This stimulates new skin growth resulting in new smoother skin.
This is a cutting-edge method wherein lasers are used to break down acne-causing bacteria and reduce redness while promoting fast healing and a fuller and healthier complexion.
It is a new method of fighting acne by introducing a chemical into the pimple. This chemical then prevents acne-causing substances from forming, effectively healing the pimple and preventing its recurrence.
Under this treatment, blackheads and whiteheads (comedones) are removed from the skin’s surface using specialized equipment in a sterile atmosphere. After extraction, the area is treated with an antibiotic ointment.
Why Dr.Health clinic is the best for Acne Scar Treatment
Our endeavor has always been to provide best-in-class service. Choose us for the best results.
Unparalleled Expertise – Here at Dr. Health Clinic, we are experts in Acne scar treatment and acne scar removal. Our dermatologist Dr. Pranjal has been practicing dermatology for more than 20 years. She keeps her up to date with the latest research and advanced treatment options.
Medical Evaluation – One of our specialties is proper medical evaluation. Acne can be a result of an underlying medical condition. Before treating acne scars, medical evaluation is a prerequisite.
Personalized care and attention – We practice a concierge style of medicine by giving personalized attention and care. At our dermatology clinic, we will find an individualized treatment plan for your specific type of acne. Our one-on-one session helps to make you at ease and comfortable before starting the treatment.
Immediate Treatment – Acne must be controlled without any delays to prevent permanent discoloration and scarring, which is significantly more difficult to treat. We start the best possible combination therapy at the first visit once we explain all available treatment options to you.
Advanced Treatment options combining modern technology – Our state-of-the-art equipment and modern treatment options help us to provide the best treatment in Hyderabad.
Acne scars happen when healthy tissue is damaged and replaced with fibrous tissue. Often the result of picking and squeezing spots.
Much like stretch marks, acne scars usually fade in color over time, but the pitted indentations can remain.
Yes, it does. Normally, the severity of acne scars determines the length of the treatment. The ideal length of acne treatment is 6-9 months. Regular consultation and in-time treatment help to permanently remove the scars.
Yes, acne can be genetic. Genetics may determine how likely you are to have acne. If it runs in family, it is not guaranteed you will have it. You are definitely predisposed to it.
Itchy pimples can be extremely irritating and annoying. Resisting to scratch them is difficult. The itch is due to bacteria becoming trapped inside the pores and it causes redness and swelling. Itchiness can also develop if the skin becomes excessively dry from using too many astringent cleansers.
Vitamin C is a natural healer. It possesses ingredients to reduce the scars on the skin surface as well as below the skin.