Can I Get Rid of My Acne Scars?

Acne scars appear once the acne clears from your skin. It is a skin condition that occurs due to dead skin cells and oil plugging the hair follicles. It can appear on your face, chest, forehead, shoulders, and upper back.

Acne can affect people of different ages, but it is most common in teenagers. It can be persistent and takes a long time to heal and clear off your skin. Acne can clear but will most likely leave a scar on your skin.


Symptoms of Acne

Acne can vary in terms of severity. Signs of acne also differ based on how severe the acne condition is. Below are some acne symptoms:

  • Pimples or pustules - Skin eruptions filled with pus at their tip.
  • Whiteheads - Pale and white-topped.
  • Papules - Small red bumps.
  • Nodules - Lumps under your skin.
  • Cystic lesions - Pus-filled lumps under your skin.


What Are Acne Scars?

Acne scars are the marks that acne leaves behind after they clear. Having an acne scar is normal if you have an acne problem. There is a treatment for the scarring. Your dermatologist can help you reduce the appearance of the scars. 

Your skin doctor can make a good treatment recommendation by looking at the acne scars. They can also look at the extent of the damage that the acne has left behind.


Types of Acne Scars

Acne scars vary depending on how you take care of your acne and the kind of acne. There are various types of acne scars, as follows:

  • Perifollicular elastolysis - These are yellow or have a color that looks like flesh.
  • Keloid - A raised scar larger than the acne that formed it.
  • Rolling - Wavy look. It is a shallow and wide scar caused by damage under the surface of your skin.
  • Dark spots - A stain that makes your skin look reddish or purple.
  • Boxcar - Sharp edges and angles. Deep or shallow.
  • Ice pick - Small but deep pits.
  • Hypertrophic - A raised scar tissue formed where the acne was.


Acne Laser Treatment to Get Rid of Your Acne Scars

While many acne scar treatments leave patients unsatisfied, acne laser treatment has proven to leave skin blemish-free. This acne scar treatment is effective and safe. The treatment works at minimizing the appearance of acne scars effectively. Laser evens out your skin surface better than all other cosmetic acne scar treatments. 

During the treatment, the professional directs a laser beam on the acne scar and destroys the outer layer while at the same time heating the underlying skin layer called the dermis. Heating up the dermis shrinks the collagen fibers, causing new skin to form as your skin continues to heal.

The new skin that forms is tighter and smoother, making the treated area appear flawless. The technique your dermatologist uses and the size of the affected area determine the time taken during the treatment.  


Laser Treatment Recovery

Recovery time may take a couple of days from the time of treatment. However, your skin will keep on improving as time goes. Most people who undergo the procedure find the results worth the recovery time.

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