Acne and Scars
Acne (pimples) is a chronic inflammatory skin condition, characterized by blackheads, whiteheads, papules (red bumps) and deeper lumps (cysts or nodules) that occur commonly on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and upper arms.
Post-acne hyperpigmentation are those unsightly dark brown/black marks that are left behind once the primary pimple settles (especially if one has tried to touch/fiddle around with it).
Post-acne scars are the deep pits/hollows are the end result of people suffering from severe acne (nodulo-cystic acne) or ones that have been scratched/picked.
Cosmetic peels work well for all severity of acne and also help to even out the skin tone. A controlled solution is meticulously applied to the skin for a specified duration of time. Over a period of time, the top affected layer starts to exfoliate (shed) and thus the skin generates with an evident reduction in acne, post-acne hyperpigmentation (marks) and to a certain extent even the scars (pits). Sessions are repeated anywhere between 2-4 week intervals.
Also known as “micro-needling,” dermaroller therapy is a procedure wherein our physician moves a sterile, handheld needle-studded roller across the depressed acne/chicken pox scars (pits), puncturing the skin. This initiates a good amount of wound healing thereby generating the production of collagen that further pushes up a previously deeper scar.
Dermal fillers constitute a substance known as Hyaluronic acid, which is a normal component beneath our skin. As we age or due to damaging processes such as acne scars, we start losing the essential hyaluronic acid in a specified area leading to hollowing. The scar is first lifted and then filled with these products. This procedure is great for patients with severe scarring caused by acne, chicken pox, or even scars from surgeries.
CO2 Fractional LASER
The fractional CO2 laser makes small microscopic holes in the deeper layers of the skin. This process leads to the generation of new, healthy collagen to smooth out the acne scars.
Dermatologists recommend the following:
To the greatest extent, most of us have faced rosacea or acne breakouts at some point in our lives. According to a study, acne is the most common skin problem and affects around 200-300 million people between the ages of 12 and 25 years in India. In recent years, even older people have started experiencing breakouts due to stress and lifestyle. As it is a serious skin concern, opting for home remedies like washing your face frequently, drinking lots of water etc. might not turn out to be effective. Thence, we suggest seeking professional help. It occurs due to daedal interaction of changing hormones, sebum and a bacterium called Propionibacterium acnes.
Your hormones, lifestyle, stress, heredity is what triggers acne and hence it is essential that you visit an expert dermatologist who will diagnose the right cause of your acne and prescribe the right treatment for best results. Most common acne prone area is your face. However, some people may experience this on other body areas like chest, arms, neck and back. As we age, acne scars often become more noticeable because our skin loses collagen.The key to effective treatment is to select the best one for each scar type.
Even when acne is healed, it may leave behind ugly marks and scars. This happens when the skin does not heal properly leading to depressions or marks. If acne scars bother you, safe and effective treatment is available. Treatment can diminish acne scars that cause depressions in the skin. Treatment can also safely reduce raised acne scars.
Treatments include laser treatments, minor skin surgeries, chemical peels, and fillers. An expert dermatologist surgeon can perform these treatments in a medical office. Before getting treatment for acne scars, it is important to clear your acne. New acne breakouts can lead to new acne scars. Having acne also means that your skin is inflamed. Inflammation reduces the effectiveness of treatment for acne scars.
The fewer breakouts you have, the less likely you are to develop acne scars.Treating acne is especially important to prevent scarring, if you have any of the following:
Q. ARE ACNE AND PIMPLES THE SAME?
Increased oils (sebum) produced by the sebaceous glands, skin cells (keratin), and hair follicles together form a plug, clogging the skin pores, resulting in acne. Pimples are nothing but a form of severe acne, presenting as inflamed, pus-filled lesions, pink to slightly red in colour.
Q. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE HORMONAL ACNE TO CLEAR?
Though the exact timeline for hormonal acne varies from person to person, being proactive can help prevent related breakouts. It typically takes about 8 to 10 weeks for a new acne treatment plan to take full effect.
Q. HOW DOES A SCAR DEVELOP?
Acne scarring is often the product of an inflamed skin lesion with papules, pustules and cysts being the most common. Inflamed spots occur when a follicle becomes engorged with dead skin cells, excess sebum and bacteria. This causes swelling within the pore which leads to a break in the follicle wall. Scarring can arise when there is a break deeper down within the follicle.
Q. HOW TO HELP PREVENT ACNE SCARRING?
Regular Advanced Clinical Acne Facials along with specialist cosmeceutical skincare is the first line of defence for treating acne and therefore helping to prevent the posterior scarring . Even with the most careful treatment and care for your skin you may still develop acne scars.
The importance of consultation
Before you kick off any skin treatment it is important to have a thorough consultation with a professional like Reflectionz . When you come for your consultation, all your skin and skincare concerns will be taken into account before your treatment regime and also home care advice will be provided.