What Treatments Work For Acne Scarring?
The battle with acne may be one of the hardest insecurities to overcome. Acne can control your life and confidence for years; however, what’s worse is that even once your acne clears up, you have to deal with the scars. Then, acne scarring can be more demoralising than the acne itself as you follow all the tips and tricks only to deal with an imperfect complexion. Not to mention how difficult treating acne scars at home can be, as the scarring occurs beneath the surface of your skin.
At Aesthetics of Liverpool, we have several treatments that can effectively target your acne scars to give you that glowing, flawless skin you’ve been dreaming of. Flawless skin is another one of our specialities, too; find out how we can help rejuvenate your skin here.
What causes acne scarring?
Acne scars are no different from other scars; it responds with a scar when our skin undergoes trauma. Therefore, acne scars are simply our body responding to the trauma of acne. Our body’s response is to produce scar tissue in an attempt to repair any damage. Depending on how much scar tissue your body produces, the area can appear as a depression (too little scar tissue) or a raised scar (too much). When we age, our collagen production decreases and, consequently, acne scars become more pronounced.
Acne scars result from inflammation of acne blemishes, the acne pores swell, and a breakdown occurs in the pore’s wall. Whilst some acne scars are only small and shallow; others can be deep scars caused by the contents of blemishes spilling into the surrounding tissue.
There are three types of atrophic acne scars:
Atrophic scars are flat, shallow depressions that heal below the top layer of skin. These scars are commonly caused by severe cystic acne. However, other types of acne can cause them as well. The appearance of atrophic acne scars can vary depending on a person’s history with acne. There are three types of atrophic scars:
- Boxcar scars are broad, usually box-like depressions with sharply defined edges. Boxcar scars are caused by widespread acne. Boxcar scars most often form on areas like the lower cheeks and jaw, where the skin is relatively thick.
- Icepick scars are smaller, narrower indentations that point down into the skin’s surface. These scars are common on the cheeks. Ice pick scars tend to be very tough to treat and often require persistent, aggressive treatment.
- Rolling scars are of varying depth, with sloping edges that make skin appear wavy and uneven.
Treatments for acne scars:
This cosmetic skin treatment uses a mechanical device with tiny needles that rapidly puncture the skin. It induces a natural healing response in your skin – something we lose through the ageing processes. A micro-needling treatment can significantly improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles and is effective for acne scars and other conditions.
Micro-punctures are created using microneedles which produce a controlled skin injury without actually damaging the epidermis. These micro-injuries lead to minimal superficial bleeding and set up a wound healing cascade with the release of various growth factors. These include platelet-derived growth factor (PGF), transforming growth factor-alpha and beta, connective tissue activating protein, connective tissue growth factor, and fibroblast growth factor. The needles also break down the old hardened scar strands and allow them to revascularize.
At Aesthetics of Liverpool, our micro-needling treatment centres around the FDA-approved SkinPen. The SkinPen is a compact, micro-needling tool that creates pinpricks across your skin using a collection of sharp needles. Unlike other techniques, the SkinPen refrains from using chemicals, heat or toxins and instead focuses on rebooting your skin’s collagen production.
Morpheus8 combines the process of micro-needling with Radio Wave Technology to create a collagen-stimulating treatment complete with skin tightening benefits; for acne scar sufferers, this is an effective treatment. Not only does Morpheus8 kick-start your body’s natural collagen production through tiny pinpricks reaching 4 mm below the epidermis, but the Radio Wave Technology ensures your rejuvenated skin has a flawless tone and texture.
At Aesthetic of Liverpool, we offer a PRP treatment called Plexr. Plexr is known as the non-surgical eye lift, providing a welcomed alternative to traditional blepharoplasty. However, its process is effective on acne scars too. Plexr, known as Plasma Soft Surgery, is a patented technology that uses ionised gases in the air (Plasma). These gases, when inserted into the skin, create a small electrical arc that causes sublimation. Sublimation is when skin cells change their state from a solid into a gas. What this means is that the treatment can be directed only to your scarred epidermis; no unwanted heat is spread to the rest of your skin. Instead, the treated area simply peels away, leaving your rejuvenated skin underneath.
Subcision is another minimally invasive, non-surgical option to treat acne scars. This treatment involves using a small, hypodermic needle to release your acne scar. What the needle does is break away the fibres holding the acne scar to the tissue. Subcision is effective on all acne scars, including depressed scars. Once released, the acne scar can heal; moreover, the use of a hypodermic needle stimulates the body’s collagen production, aiding the healing process.
This type of skincare procedure involves using lasers to improve skin texture. There are two different types – ablative or non-ablative lasers. Ablative lasers include carbon dioxide or erbium for removing scars, warts, deep wrinkles, and finer lines. Non-ablative lasers use pulsed light for rosacea, spider veins, and acne-related skin concerns. The laser creates beams of thermal energy which penetrate deep into the skin. The laser beams vaporise damaged skin, and by stimulating your body’s natural healing process, collagen production and cell regeneration are encouraged to reveal glowing renewed skin.
The former is a deep ablative treatment for more intense cellular turnover. CO2 lasers remove columns of skin in a precise matrix to a depth beneficial to the healing process. The latter is a non-ablative fractional laser that delivers pulses of light energy to target different pigments within your skin. As a result, healthy tissues are also undamaged.
If these treatments interest you, don’t hesitate to contact us today to book your consultation at 0151 203 1393. Or head over to our website to read more on acne scarring treatments on offer. We want to ensure you find the treatment best for your skin to gain the best results from each treatment, guaranteeing you get that airbrushed look you’ve always wanted.