Pretty much everyone has suffered from some sort of acne. Whether it’s severe, or just a few blemishes every now and then, you can develop visible scars. Severe acne commonly causes scars on the skin that can lead to low self-esteem, embarrassment, or dislike of your appearance. Keep reading to learn about scars and options for acne scar treatment Dallas provider Dr. George suggests.
Types of Acne Scars
Three types of acne scars exist: atrophic, hypertrophic, and keloids. Here is what each is and why they happen:
- Atrophic: small indentions in the skin that occur when the skin doesn’t make enough fibroblasts during healing
- Hypertrophic: a raised bump when the skin makes too many fibroblasts
- Ice pick: deep and narrows impressions on the skin that are more severe than atrophic. Avoid ice pick scars by not picking and scratching at pimples and blemishes.
- Keloids: much larger raised scars that may cause itchiness or pain
Atrophic and Hypertrophic scars are more typical and easier to treat. Keloid scars may be more difficult to treat because of their size and tendency to grow back.
Options for Acne Scar Treatment Dallas Patients
Your dermatologist will discuss all of your options and suggest the best course of action based on your condition. Below are the most common types of treatments that target acne scars.
Skin Care Products
The easiest treatment to begin with is skin care products with ingredients that help reduce the appearance of scars. Some of these ingredients can include salicylic acid, retinoids, AHAs, BHAs, and lactic acid. Ask your dermatologist which products you should use based on your skin type.
Certain fillers have been developed to improve the appearance of acne scars by introducing a collagen-based product to the skin. Knox Dermatology uses Bellafill as an acne scar treatment. Bellafill works because it contains collagen with polymethylcrylate particles that encourage the production of collagen over time. Bellafill is known as the “five-year filler” for its longevity.
Microneedling also promotes collagen production and can be used for facial rejuvenation. It stimulates the body’s own natural healing process to create collagen and elastin resulting in a smoother appearance and reduction in visible acne scars.
Dr. George Wooming has decades of experience treating acne scars. Schedule your appointment with us to discuss your options with the provider for acne scar treatment Dallas patients trust!