Skin condition: Acne Scars

Acne Scars Skin Care

 

Facts about the condition:

  • As an acne cyst forms, the neck of the sebaceous gland expands, filling with bacteria
  • Eventually the cyst ruptures this “foreign matter” deep within the dermis quickly attacked by white blood cells responsible for fighting infection
  • 95% of acne patients will develop scarring to some degree, the earlier the treatment appropriate for the severity of the outbreak is initiated, the better the odds are that scar formation will be mild
  • Delaying acne therapy by 3 or more years is likely to increase one’s risk of more significant acne scarring. In other words, the longer you keep your scars they more they “want to stay” with you and the harder task it is to smooth them out.

Skin needs:

  • Combination of treatments that is suited to an individual’s pattern of acne scarring.
  • There are various types of acne scars including ‘ice-pick’, depressed, rolling, raised or hypertrophic, and red or white scars, and each can require a different approach to treatment.
  • Treatment of acne scarring almost always requires repeated treatments over a number of months for best results. Your skin therapist will be able to recommend a treatment plan that is best suited to your skin’s condition and the scars.

 

Home Care

 Medi8 Retinol 3R, 6R and 10TR, 15 ml, from $70. The best on the market. Not only they prevent scar formation, they aid in acne clearance and anti-ageing as well

Stratamed Gel for Professional Scar Therapy, 5g $24.95. Prevention and treatment of keloids and hypertrophic scars

Skeyndor Urban White, Overnight Serum, 30ml, $85. Improve the appearance of skins with blemishes or acne marks

Micro Needle Titanium Dermal Roller, 0.5mm, $70. Induce collagen synthesis by creating micro-punctures in the epidermis without compromising skin integrity

Lycogel Breathable Camouflage, 30ml, $95. Calm and soothe the skin whilst providing effective coverup

Treatment Plan

  1. Chemical Peel for post inflammatory skin color changes and the most minor of acne scars. from $179
  2. Skin needling the most effective method of treating superficial acne scars. For all skin types including darker skin types . From $300
  3. Dermal fillers are used underneath the scars to give them additional support and improve their appearance. 

 

Q&A

Will vitamin E really help to improve my scar?

Despite the marketing hype, research has clearly shown vitamin E has absolutely no beneficial effect on scars. It’s just that as your body forms a scar there is a natural process of slow and gradual improvement over a period of about 12 months.

What skin types have bigger issues with scarring?

Scars are more of an issue for people:

  • who are Asian or who have dark skin – it’s not just their skin colour but other biochemical differences including the fact cells that make collagen are over-reactive.
  • aged between 10 and 30 – especially those who don’t have a genetic tendency for skin that heals well.
  • who have a wound on certain parts of their body eg the upper trunk, around the ear lobes or jaw line, or where movement puts extra tension on the scar.

What’s the Best Dermal Filler for Acne Scars?

Fillers can improve the appearance of acne scars by partially lifting the depressed scar but their effect is temporary. The results can last from between a few months to a year depending on a filler brand. Which dermal filler that is selected depends on the type of acne scar that is being treated.  For atrophic scars we use saline injections or a hyaluronic acid filler normally.  If there is  deeper tissue loss sometimes a volume filler is used.  Fillers are usually not helpful for thicker scars and ice pick scars.