From fraxel laser to chemical peels and dermabrasion, here are 5 expert-approved ways to fight stubborn acne scars.
Breakouts are a tough one, when we talk about skincare woes. An unwelcome, stubborn guest who refuses to leave; even if they do go, they often leave their mark behind (quite literally).
So how does one get rid of these scars? While some may resort to home remedies and kitchen ingredients, others patiently wait for the scars to lighten on their own. However, depending on the type of scar you're dealing with, a natural recourse may not be the correct path to follow.
"While home remedies can help get rid of most acne scars, there are some that require the attention of a dermatologist. The scars that are raised on the skin often do not just fade away with time. But a dermatologist will have multiple treatment options to offer, ones which will suit your skin-type and will minimise the appearance of the acne scars, resulting in smooth, blemish-free skin," states Dr Rinky Kapoor, Cosmetic Dermatologist.
If you're one of those people who's been suffering with scarring scars for far too long, here's what you must consider:
"Fraxel laser is one of the safest, most effective, and popular treatments available for tackling acne scars and resurfacing. It intensively treats tiny portions of the skin without affecting the surrounding skin tissue, resulting in increased production of healthier collagen. This reduces healing time immensely and is effective for the hardest to treat ice-pick scars as well. After a few sessions of this treatment you will find that the scars are visibly reduced," says Dr Simal Soin, Aayna Clinic.
OVER THE COUNTER CREAMS & AT-HOME TREATMENTS
Dr Rinky Kapoor claims that over the counter creams can help reduce the surface acne marks, if used correctly. "They are not meant to treat depressed scars. Your dermatologist may also recommend retinol, salicylic acid, or lactic acid for external use. These treatments work by gently peeling or exfoliating the outer layer of your skin, thus reducing the scar appearance," she adds.
OTHER LASER TREATMENTS
Lasers are the safest and most convenient way to get rid of raised, as well as depressed scars. "US FDA approved laser Clear Skin is used to treat acne scars with no downtime and visible side effects. This treatment is safe for all skin types and you’ll notice visible, long-lasting results after just 5 treatments! At the deeper levels of your skin, it works on collagen remodeling, which further helps improve open pores, acne scars, along with skin tightening," states Dr Soin. In addition to the following treatments, topical application like Dermaceutic Yellow Cream, Kojivit Cream and Demelan Cream are also prescribed by dermatologists to ensure promising results.
"Pulse dyed lasers also reduce the burning and itching sensation caused by a scar, along with lightening it's appearance. However, I recommend Fractional CO2 lasers, which are most ideal for Indian skin. They promote collagen production and stimulate the natural healing of skin," advocates Dr Kapoor.
ACNE SURGERY OR CRYOSURGERY
"Cryosurgery involves freezing the scar, causing the tissue to die and fall off. Some injections such as corticosteroids or interferon may also be used to treat raised acne scars. If none of the following treatments work, the dermatologist may recommend acne surgery to remove or fill in the scars from the skin," adds Dr Kapoor.
CHEMICAL PEELS, FACIALS, DERMABRASION, ETC
Dr Simal Soin suggests the repeated use of chemical peels made from glycolic or salicylic acid. This alternative also delivers short-term relief from acne. "Suitable for treatment of scars that are not too deep, both peels as well as dermabrasion procedures remove the outer layer of the skin, resulting in scar-free resurfaced skin," informs Dr Kapoor.
Dr Soin recommends the AAYNA Signature Facial for desired results. "This treatment regulates the skin cycle like no other, hydrating, rejuvenating, and restoring dull skin that results from the build-up of dead cells caused due to external stressors such as pollution, sun damage, and stress." "The hydrating elements utilised in the procedure heal damaged skin, reducing fine lines, wrinkles, and acne, while shielding it with antioxidant protection. By reducing the appearance of hyper-pigmentation and brown spots caused by excessive sun exposure, the facial makes skin look bright, supple and youthful!" she adds.
Most importantly, avoid picking or scratching the scar out on your own! Consult your dermatologist for the right skincare guidance and attain the best results!
Dr. Debraj Shome is Director and Co founder of The Esthetic Clinics. He has been rated amongst the top surgeons in India by multiple agencies. The Esthetic Clinics patients include many international and national celebrities who prefer to opt for facial cosmetic surgery and facial plastic surgery in Mumbai because The Esthetic Clinics has its headquarters there.