Treatments Of Scars and Acne Scars

 

Scars are the result of the skin’s repair process for wounds caused by accidents, surgery and acne breakout. The more the skin is damaged the longer it takes to heal and the greater the chance of a noticeable scar. Generally a scar will become more prominent at first and then gradually fade. For younger skin, many actively healing scars that seem unsightly at three months may go on to heal quite satisfactorily in time. Scarring can be noticeable and sometimes very unsightly; however it can often be improved with treatment.

The first step in the treatment of scars is the consultation with the dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Each scar is different and will require a different approach. Scars need to be examined for position, type and colour and a medical history will need to be taken. However, it is not possible to remove a scar completely although despite many claim in advertisements and press. But with the correct treatment you can reduce them, although over-treating scars or choosing the wrong treatment can actually cause further damage. 

Prescription creams- Some of the most frequently used methods of scar reduction are prescription creams that contain a variety of vitamin A-related ingredients. With this prescription, it is necessary to protect the scar from the sun with daily sunscreen. SPF 30 or higher will be recommended. Although some treatments such as Retin-A cream may cause skin irritation for some people, it is said to work well on minor scars.

Microdermabrasion and chemical peels - In these treatments superficial particles and acid solutions applied to the skin to remove the top layers, thereby stimulating new tissue growth. These treatments work well for small superficial and discoloured scars to improve the skin surface quality and even out the skin tone. Although light peels have very little effect, deeper peels may cause redness and irritation. Like wise, light microdermabrasion has also little effect, while deeper microdermabrasion can cause bruising and irritation. 

There are treatments like Cooltouch laser and resurfacing laser that can also help to reduce some scars and dermal fillers for sunken scars.

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One Comment on "Treatments Of Scars and Acne Scars"

  1. Risa says:

    This is great information. If you want to read more I recommend this article: http://www.skintour.com/in-depth/acne-scars-and-other-scars-in-depth

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