Best Treatments for Acne Scars
While covering up acne scars camouflages them to a degree, most people seek a permanent solution. Fortunately, there are various ways to minimize acne scarring. The doctors at Grossmont Dermatology Medical Clinic discuss options for acne scar eradication.
Types of Acne Scars
The best treatment for acne scars depends on scar type. Acne scars fall into several general categories. These include:
- Boxcar scars –Indents in the skin are known as boxcar scars. This type of scar is more often found in areas where the skin is thicker, such as the jaw and lower cheeks.
- Ice pick scars –Usually found on the cheeks, these scars are difficult to treat. They are narrow and deep, and do not fade like some acne scars.
- Rolling scars –These scars range in depth. Their edges make skin look uneven.
All of these scar types are associated with cystic acne, the most severe form of the condition.
Even those who do not suffer from cystic acne may end up with scarring. Hypertrophic and keloid scars form lumps where the acne was located. The former are about the same size as the original lesion, while the latter grows beyond that space.
Laser therapy can diminish most types of acne scarring. It is not suitable for those still experiencing regular breakouts. The laser’s heat removes the top layer of the scarred skin. The heat also encourages healthy skin growth. Skin looks smoother and scar reddening is reduced.
The dermatologist uses a laser most suitable for the patient’s skin and scar type. Side effects may include redness and mild discomfort.
Microneedling consists of rolling micro needles over the skin. It helps to improve and minimize the appearance of acne scars. Microneedling may help with the hyperpigmentation some patients experience with acne. By creating microtrauma to the skin, skin produces more collagen, the body’s most abundant protein, to heal these largely unnoticeable wounds. The boost in collagen works to smooth scars, and it is also an excellent way to improve the appearance of fine lines. Microneedling is appropriate for cystic acne-related scarring.
There is minimal pain involved with microneedling. It is recommended to apply a numbing cream to the skin prior to treatment. It feels like a light kneading of the skin with sandpaper. The only side effect is temporary skin reddening.
There’s no need to live your life with acne scarring. If you would like to improve your acne scars and have questions about the best procedures for you, schedule a consultation with Grossmont Dermatology Medical Clinic. Please contact our La Mesa office today to request an appointment.
Grossmont Dermatology Medical Clinic and Skin Cancer Treatment Center Staff
Grossmont Dermatology is committed to providing patients with excellent quality skin treatments to help them preserve their youth. They use the latest technologies and treatment modalities to provide patients with the most effective services suiting their individual needs. The team of professionals at the practice comprise:
- Paul B. Dean, MD, MPH, FAAD – Specializes in general dermatology, mole and lesion removal, photodynamic therapy (PDT), and skin cancer treatments.
- Maki Christine Goskowicz, MD, FAAD – Expertise includes general, cosmetic and laser dermatology, and skin cancer surgery and Botox treatments.
- Christopher Crosby, MD, PhD, FAAD - Specialist in Mohs surgery and reconstructive dermatologic surgery for skin cancers.
- Shinko Lin, MD – Specializes in general, cosmetic and laser dermatology, skin cancer treatments, and PDT.
- Sam Khalifian, MD – Specializes in adult and pediatric autoimmune connective tissue disease, skin cancer and melanoma treatments, hair loss disorders, and cosmetics.
- Helene Jolly, PA-C, MPAP – Performs cosmetic dermatology, acne and skin rash treatments, and mole removal among other tasks.