Acne Scarring

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Acne Scarring

The only thing worse than acne, can be the scarring spot that is left behind.

Unfortunately acne is often left until it’s too late, to nip in the bud and prevent scarring from occurring. However, if you’re fortunate enough to have the beginnings of an acne outbreak and want to learn how to reduce and remove acne outbreaks. Check out our guide here:

 

So how do you know if you have acne scarring and not active acne?

First of all lets look at the different types of spots, so that you can differentiate between the spots you may have had. Scarring may be present because your acne was severe, or from picking at mild acne. Let’s face it, we’ve all been there! The following spot types should not be present if you no longer have active acne.

There are six main types of spots caused by acne:

  • blackheads – small black or yellowish bumps that develop on the skin; they’re not filled with dirt, but are black because the inner lining of the hair follicle produces pigmentation (colouring)
  • whiteheads – have a similar appearance to blackheads, but may be firmer and won’t empty when squeezed
  • papules – small red bumps that may feel tender or sore
  • pustules – similar to papules, but have a white tip in the centre, caused by a build-up of pus
  • nodules – large hard lumps that build up beneath the surface of the skin and can be painful
  • cysts – the most severe type of spot caused by acne; they’re large pus-filled lumps that look similar to boils and carry the greatest risk of causing permanent scarring

How do scars form?

Scars form as a result of the body’s natural healing process. When the skin is wounded and there is a break in the body’s tissues, the body produces more of a protein called collagen, as part of the healing process. Collagen builds up where the tissue has been damaged, helping to heal and strengthen the wound. The uneven trauma caused by acne results in uneven scar formation.

How do I get rid of my acne scarring?

  1. Fortunately home care products can help to soften any acne scars, such as resurfacing skin care products that contain alpha hydroxy acids, to help slough away dead skin cells and soften the appearance of the scars. However, home care products alone won’t pentetrate deep enough, in order to help remove the scarring. A sun protection factor must be worn, whils using these types of skin care.
  2. A chemical peel, can help to soften and reduce the scarring. With variable strenghts of chemical peels, comes variable improvements to the skin’s surface. The stronger the peel, the more likely you are to have visible peeling and for a longer duration. Preparing the skin with resurfacing skin care will help the chemical peel to penetrate deeper into the skin. A sun protection must be worn for a minimum of 4 weeks after a chemical peel. To read more about our chemical peels, go to our Chemical Peels page here.
  3. Microneedling, commonly known as dermapen or genuine dermaroller, is the technical term for needling the skin. At The Sugar Box Clinic we have 2 devices available – manual and mechanical. The manual has a preset needle length, whereas the mechanical pen has a variable needle length to help with sensation on more sensitive areas of the face, such as the nose and upper lip. To read more about the treatment, go to our Microneedling Treatment page here.

 

Will a dermal filler help my acne scarring?

A dermal filler will simply help raise the skin where the scar has caused an indentation to the skin’s surface. However, it won’t help the overall texture of the skin. We highly recommmend microneedling to the skin before having a dermal filler, as quite often the scar itself is too firm to allow filler to sit directly underneath. Microneedling will soften the skin’s surface as well as break up and soften the inside of the scar.