Can Dermatologists Remove Acne Scars?
There are many ways to treat acne scarring. Consulting with your dermatologist is the best way to find what treatment option is best suited for your individual needs.
When visiting your dermatologist you want to discuss your acne issues and what, if any, downtime with suggested acne treatments as well as the healing process. As with any treatment, there is always the possibility of side effects. This should also be discussed with your dermatologist. Not all acne treatments are the same for all skin types. A person with lighter skin will usually need a different kind of treatment than one with darker skin.
It is suggested before starting treatment for acne scarring, you start acne treatment for your current acne, pimples and breakouts. This can avoid more acne scarring after. One product that is good for an occasion breakout or blemish is salicylic acid. Used in conjunction with vitamin c, hyaluronic acid, and sunscreen, in your daily skin care routine can help keep you skin clean and clear. Glycolic acid, used with retinol, is also a very good product to help with removing blackheads, whiteheads and reducing pore size while removing dead skin cells. Glycolic peels are sometimes used together with microdermabrasion on the surface of the skin to help speed up the healing process of acne and avoid deep scarring.
Popular Acne Scarring Treatment Options
The most popular acne scar treatment options include Chemical peels, Microneedling, Laser treatments such as Laser resurfacing/Fractional Laser, eMatrix, Dermal Fillers, Subcision, Derma Rolling, Chemical peels and so much more. In addition, Tretinoin is a very commonly prescribed topical medication used to treat skin darkening and roughness caused by acne scars. A technique that has recently become popular is non-ablative radio-frequency.
The deeper scars might need a combination of treatments. Dermatologist may recommend doing a a combination of treatments such as laser and fillers. Which can also help with collagen production. There are different types of acne scars. You can have rolling, atrophic, boxcar or the most severe ice pick scarring. Ice pick scars are sometimes referred to as depressed scars. All of these scars are sunken into your skin. These are much deeper scars then for instance hypertrophic scars or keloids. Hypertrophic acne scarring is formed when there is an excessive amount of collagen production and excess scar tissue in your skin cells. These scars are very similar to how keloids are formed but keloids are generally raised scars over the wound.
Hyperpigmentation Caused By Acne
Hyperpigmentation is generally used to describe any darkening or discoloration of the skin. Acne can leave visible scars in the form of hyperpigmentation even after the skin has healed and acne is controlled. In addition, overexposure to the sun can cause those scars to re-pigment. Hyperpigmentation left from acne can be treated with the Cosmelan Peel. Cosmelan is a two-part peel done in the Physician’s office three to four weeks apart. The peel contains prescription strength hydroquinone and retin-a which is effective in combating hyperpigmentation. In addition to Cosmelan, Trichloroacetic acid chemical peels are also effective in treating hyperpigmentation caused by acne. Dr. Green also prescribes bleaching creams and retinoids to reduce hyperpigmentation.
Dr. Michele S. Green is a board certified dermatologist based in NYC, she practices the latest techniques in skin care to give you the look that you deserve. To learn more about removing acne scars, contact us online today or call 212-535-3088.