While acne scars can be an incredibly frustrating issue that many people unfortunately face, there are treatments available in order to reduce the appearance of these scars and help them heal faster. From laser treatments to medicated creams, learn how you can take control of your skin and get the clear complexion you desire.
Here are the top 5 best treatments for acne scars.
1. Chemical Peels
Chemical peels are a popular and effective treatment for acne scarring. They work by removing the top layers of skin and dead skin cells, which can be discolored or marred from scarring. This new layer of skin is often smoother and less acne-prone than the old layer. Chemical peels can be used on all types of skin, whether it's normal, dry, oily, or combination. There are many different types of chemical peels available, from light to deep ones that penetrate deeper layers of the skin. While some results may occur after just one treatment, generally a series of treatments is needed to achieve desired results.
The downtime after a chemical peel varies depending on how strong the peel was — while mild peels may lead to minimal redness or irritation, deeper peels require more time for healing and proper care should be taken afterward to prevent infection or excessive scabbing. With careful application, chemical peels can help dramatically improve the appearance of acne scars without invasive procedures like surgery.
Microdermabrasion is a popular and effective treatment for acne scarring. It works by gently exfoliating the top layers of skin, removing debris and imperfections caused by scarring. This helps to even out the texture of your skin, allowing new cells to rejuvenate in their place. Microdermabrasion treatments can range from light to deeper penetration, depending on the severity of the scars and how much rejuvenation needs to occur. While light treatments may not be able to erase deep or stubborn scars, they are great for reducing the appearance of small blemishes or discoloration caused by acne breakouts. Deeper penetrations can reach beneath the skin's surface, helping to reduce pitted or raised scars while stimulating collagen production in the area.
With proper care during and after treatment such as sunscreen, limiting sun exposure, and avoiding harsh exfoliation microdermabrasion can help improve the appearance of acne scars in addition to skin tone and texture without any downtime.
3. CBD Oil
CBD oil is becoming increasingly popular as an acne scar treatment. This natural remedy is known for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and calming properties, making it an ideal choice for those looking to reduce scarring or discoloration left behind by acne breakouts and target acne-prone skin. When applied topically, CBD oil works to reduce inflammation in the skin—helping to soothe and heal the damage caused by popping pimples or other harsh treatments. CBD oil is also rich in fatty acids, which can help to nourish the skin and promote cell regeneration, further diminishing scarring. Another benefit of using CBD oil for acne scars is that it encourages collagen production, which helps to fill in any crater-like pitting caused by severe breakouts.
Even though results may vary depending on each individual's body chemistry and skin type, many users have found success with this natural remedy and are pleased with the improvement in their overall complexion and the improving acne scars.
Injections are one of the most effective treatments available for acne scarring. With this method, a trained professional injects fillers such as hyaluronic acid or collagen into the affected area. This helps to instantly plump and smooth out pitted or raised scars, creating a more even-looking complexion. The effects of this treatment are almost immediate and can last up to six months with proper care. While most people experience minimal side effects, it is important to note that injections do come with some risks. For example, they may cause skin discoloration or redness if not administered correctly.
In addition, if performed incorrectly, injections could result in an uneven distribution of the filler which may lead to lumpy or bumpy areas on the skin. Despite these risks, injections have become increasingly popular due to their effectiveness in improving acne scarring and giving patients a smoother, brighter complexion.
5. Hydrating Facials
Hydrating facials are a great way to reduce acne scarring. By infusing the skin with essential moisture, these treatments can help to reduce dryness while also improving the appearance of scars. During a hydrating facial, a professional esthetician will use masks and creams that are packed with nourishing ingredients like antioxidants, ceramides, and hyaluronic acid. These powerful formulas work to deeply hydrate the skin as well as promote collagen production to fill in any pitted scars or discoloration from previous breakouts.
In addition to brightening and smoothing out any rough texture left behind by acne, hydrating facials also leave the complexion looking brighter and more even-toned. Overall, this type of facial treatment can be an excellent choice for those seeking an effective yet gentle remedy for their acne scarring.
While treating acne scars can be difficult, there are many options to help improve the appearance of your skin whether by an invasive or noninvasive procedure to get you back to your most confident self.
If you are struggling with acne scars or are interested in aesthetic treatments, visit our medical aesthetic team at James K. Cardi M.D. to discuss treatment options or schedule an appointment directly from our website today.