As if having it wasn’t bad enough, acne can often leave acne scars, both mental and physical, that can be difficult to shift. Fortunately, acne scars can be treated and reduced considerably with certain treatments. Jodie King, founder of Blyss, guides you through skin care options.
“Acne scarring can be difficult to treat, says Jodie King, owner of Skin Clinic Blyss. “This is due to textural changes in the skin, pigmentation, erythema (reddening) and more importantly, the depth of the scarring: The deeper the scarring the more difficult to treat, so we often need to look at more than one type of treatment for improvement.”
However, there is some light at the end of the tunnel for most people.
What are acne scars?
Acne scars are indentations in the skin that occur after a trauma to the skin such as acne, surgical incisions, burns or trauma. It can cause considerable distress for those affected. While it is not possible to remove all scarring, significant improvements can be achieved.
What new technology is out there for tackling acne scars?
There have been many developments in the way we treat scarring. Medical needling devices– namely stamping devices that allow us to change the depth of the needles, as well as fractional lasers for scarring and the use of IPL or Nd:YAG systems for redness that is often residual from acne all have made tackling acne much easier.
Also the introduction of no downtime peels such as Cosmedix Dermal peels using Vitamin A and lactic acid and salicylic peels to improve texture and pigmentation
At Skin Clinic Blyss we recommend 3 treatments for Acne Scarring:
For lighter scarring is MDerma stamp or you may know it as dermaroller or medical needling. This treatment is safer than laser treatments, especially on darker skin types, and works by stimulating new collagen fibres.
Depending on the depth of the scarring a course of medical needling at 1.5mm – 2mm is recommended; other options could be excision and subcision, dermal fillers or more ablative laser treatments depending on the patient lifestyle.
Generally, we’d expect an improvement of 70-80% for scar reduction therapy (SRT), with an average of 3 – 5 treatments at 4 – 6 week intervals. The dermaroller will improve disfiguring scars and acne scars.
DEEP SEA PEEL
This is a non-acid, chemical-free peel that utilizes manual exfoliation to resurface the skin, lifting away stubborn pigmentation and softening the look of acne scarring. It does this by stimulating collagen and Elastin in your skin. The Antioxidants contained in the peel also prevent free radical damage from environmental stress
A Deep Sea Peel is a medium depth peel that will remove congestion, fine lines and improve scarring. Peels are not generally recommended for sensitive skins.
Made from a naturally occurring complex sugar, hyaluronic Acid (HA), it is able to hold up to 1000 times its weight in water. Dermal fillers are carefully injected beneath the skins surface to diminish the depth of facial folds and to gently restore structure and volume to the skin and lips.
Treatment takes approximately 30 minutes and can last 6 – 12 months. Even better, there is no ‘downtime’ with any injectable treatment, leaving you able to return to normal straight away.
“Before tackling scars, you should always treat the active acne first,” says Jodie. “In clinic, we work with our doctor to establish the right methods and would normally start the patient on Vitamin A, antibacterial cleanser and salicylic acid for home and begin a course of Salicylic acid peels as well as antibiotics if needed. We also look at the patient’s diet and start them on a paleo-like eating plan. Once the acne is under control, we can start treating the scarring.”
The newest addition to Skin Clinic@Blyss is the Kleresca® acne treatment provides an alternative to medication, by harnessing the power of BioPhotonics to safely treat your acne and stimulate the tissue’s own repair systems.
Kleresca® is a breakthrough BioPhotonic treatment that significantly and comfortably improves acne, with a demonstrated safety profile. It is offered exclusively in professional clinics.
Kleresca® harnesses the power of BioPhotonics to safely treat your acne and stimulate the tissue’s own repair systems. The treatment uses a high intensity in-clinic lamp together with a photo converter gel to kill bacteria in the skin and initiate healing, so while it’s designed to help reduce acne itself, it can also help with scarring.
It has high safety and efficacy and patients are simply treated twice a week for six weeks, for just nine minutes each time. That’s literally all there is to it!
If you have acne scarring and want to have your skin assessed for treatment, see a skin specialist, clinician or dermatologist and they’ll be able to advise you on the likely outcomes and best treatment for your particular situation.