Crater Face, Moon Face, Pizza Face, Potholes; do these horrible nicknames sound familiar? Are they names you were, and are called? If so, then you might suffer from “facial acne” in such a way as to cause acne scarring. If this is something you deal with, you realize that it’s not something that goes away, and you may be wondering, is there such a thing as acne scar removal? If so, which is the most effective?
Acne Scar Removal: What Causes Acne?
Acne vulgaris as it is known scientifically is cause by one or all of the following:
- Poor Hygiene
- Over Active Sebaceous Glands (due to hormonal surge; puberty, pregnancy, menopause)
- Clogged Hair Follicles/Pores (with sebum and dead skin cells)
- Propionibacterium acnes (known bacteria that is present with acne)
Acne scarring has nothing to do with preventing any of the above conditions. Once you need to address acne scars, you’ve progressed past that point, and the damage is already done.
Acne Scar Removal: Eliminating the Need for Scar Removal
Early identification and aggressive treatment are paramount to preventing the future need of acne scar removal. You’ve heard the phrase, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” That rings very true for acne scarring.
There is a genetic component to it, so it may be inevitable, but the more you do early to combat acne, the less likely scarring will occur. If you notice any of the following blemishes or lesions, take immediate action.
- Seborrhea (scaly red skin/rosacea)
- Comedones (blackheads and whiteheads)
- Papules (pinheads)
- Pustules (pimples)
- Nodules (larger papules)
- Possible Scarring
These may start small enough, but left unattended can lead to dramatic consequences, including irrevocable scarring.
Acne Scar Removal: It’s Too Late, Now What?
So it’s done. You’ve let your acne go, or you’ve done everything you can to prevent it and still you got the scars. What can you do now? Well, there are several options available that vary in degree of:
Which one you choose will depend on your needs, and ability to pay. As always, consult your physician before starting a treatment program.
- Cortisone and Facial Creams – There are over the counter products that have been shown to be effective acne scar removal treatments. It’s important however to do your homework. Too many facial creams, scrubs, or masks can exacerbate the problem, adding to your discomfort and low self-esteem.
- Chemical Peels – These are used to exfoliate and chemically remove dead skin cells, and expose vital skin which will promote new skin growth.
-Alpha and Beta Hydroxy
-Retinoic and Trichloroacetic acid
These “peels” are recommended to treat milder acne.
- Dermabrasion – This is basically removing the top layer of skin from the affected area. It used to be done with a small, sterile, electric sander. Now days it is done with a small laser. Check out the video below of an old school dermabrasion procedure. (NOT FOR THE SQUEAMISH!!)
- Laser Resurfacing – The modern day equivalent of Dermabrasion, this takes the top layer of skin (the acne scarring area) from the affected area and exposes the middle layer. This exposure to fresh air of the viable skin cells encourages new skin growth. As dead skin cells slough off the body, new ones take their place. It is said by some scientists that humans get a new set of skin about every 54 days.
- Fractional Laser Therapy – Much like Laser Resurfacing this uses a laser to burn off the affected area. Unlike Laser Resurfacing this acne scar removal treatment takes less time to heal, as it affects the middle layer of dermis and there is much less visible redness. It may be the best Deep Acne Scar Removal available.
- Acne Skin Filler – Putting putty in the cracks! That’s kind of what this is. You can buy a skin filler to use as an acne scar treatment. This smooths out and colors the skin to look more like a normal skin surface. The down side being you have to re-apply the treatment about every 4-6 months.
- Surgery – In extreme cases surgery can be used to lance deeper nodules and lesions,
This is a “no-no”! It leads to scarring.
as well as, repair extreme scarring. This is a last resort for acne scar removal.
Is Acne Scar Removal Possible?
Acne scar removal is possible, albeit unlikely that you will fully “remove” the scars. If your early and aggressive methods of prevention are not successful then there are several acne scar removal choices available, with varying degrees of expense, severity, and discomfort.
Which of these is Preventative of acne scarring?
a. Good Hygiene
c. Fractional Laser Therapy
d. Eating Chocolate
True or False: You can completely remove all acne scarring.
You have to be cautious about the facial creams you use for acne scarring because:
a. Too much can blind you
b. It can make you uglier
c. You could grow a nipple on your face
d. It can actually worsen your acne
Answers at the bottom of the page!
Mike Walden’s Acne No More
In this comprehensive Acne prevention and cure book, Walden has put together a well thought out, factual based process. From beginning to end, Walden has the one goal in mind of acne relief; relief from symptoms, depression, and embarrassment that come with this troubling condition. With step by step instructions this book is a thorough journey to having Acne No More!
What would you give for relief from the stress and strife brought on by embarrassing blemishes and scars? Many would give all they have for a chance at acne relief. Acne No More is that chance! I would recommend this book to anyone who has felt embarrassed or self-conscious about their acne lesions and scars. After all, what is hope worth?
The Scar Solution
Sean Lowry, Medical Researcher & Former Scar Sufferer, has put together a well thought out book on how to become acne scar free. He explains the “ins and outs” of the process, and the success that you can experience if you follow the steps outlined in The Scar Solution. This is a must have for acne sufferers.
I love the thought of someone being able to walk around without feeling self-conscious about their appearance for the first time in years. I can see the smile on people’s faces when they step into the light of day knowing that The Scar Solution has worked it’s magic. If you suffer from acne scarring in any degree, get Lowry’s comprehensive book of hope, and let me imagine you too stepping into the light. To heck with that, you imagine the look on your face when you step into the light.
Help for Skin Disorders by Bell
Bell, Help for Skin Disorders is a skin care supplement that helps clear up dry, red, and lesioned skin. It helps clear up the skin from the inside out, rather than treating the symptomatic outbreaks. Used in conjunction with appropriate topical treatments, this product can make a difference in a short time.
I love the idea of attacking a problem at the root, and that’s what Bell, Help for Skin Disorders can do. Instead of just trying to scrub the problem away (which can exacerbate the situation,) why not work on the cause and the symptoms? When this product starts to work, you can start to feel confidence again. With this product you can begin to restore confidence to what can be a very deflating situation. So get Bell, Help for Skin Disorders, and get pumped up!
Answers: 1) a, 2) b, 3) d
April 5, 2013 at 1:06 pm
Oh gosh. I can’t imagine getting my face sanded with a hand tool like that. I think it would hurt, both during and after. But I guess you have to ask what price you’ll pay for beauty. My scarring from acne isn’t very much and I’m trying to get rid of it with facial scrubs and taking care of my skin now.
May 2, 2013 at 1:44 pm
Henny, most scarring is mild and many people choose to address it in the ways you have shared, but for some it is so stressful to have acne scarring that they’re willing to risk and endure much to be rid of it. Thanks for sharing Henny
March 24, 2013 at 3:32 pm
I think my first thing to try is some topical cream that helps get rid of scar tissue and the top layers of skin more quickly plus exfoliation. You’re constantly growing more skin right? Get rid of the old stuff and the new stuff should look better.
May 2, 2013 at 1:47 pm
Kale you actually cycle through a complete new set of skin every 52-54 days. Exfoliation and good hygiene are the best defense against common acne. It can require intense efforts to correct some of the more serious acne. Thanks for the comments Kale.
March 12, 2013 at 10:06 pm
The information in this blog is awesome. Hatts Off to the whole team. I got a lot of info regarding the acne treatment.
March 20, 2013 at 6:32 pm
Hats off to you also Snape for the comments.