There are few things in this world that are as embarrassing or that make one as self-conscious as acne scars. Many who are afflicted with them think that they are just about all that anyone sees or notices, and they may allow them to interfere with their confidence on the job, in personal relationships, and at all other times as well. They often think that people are actually judging them because of their acne scars, and unfortunately in some extreme cases, this can actually be true. It’s of course not appropriate and very unfair, but it’s still a very ugly fact of life.
Some who have had acne scars for many years may feel that they are going to be a permanent fixture on their face, back, and wherever else they are, and perhaps have even resigned themselves to this thinking. They may have tried different treatment options, topical ointments, and even very expensive makeup brands to fix or hide their unsightly acne scars, and to no avail.
But there’s no reason to think that these blemishes are a permanent fixture and that you need to learn to live with them forever. There are more and more treatment options for acne scars than there ever were, and many are relatively gentle, affordable, and can be done right in the dermatologist’s office on an outpatient basis.
For example, many years ago dermabrasion was just about the only option for acne scars. This is when a wire brush that is spinning at a high speed is brushed across the face to remove the outermost layer of skin, including scars. Many who underwent this procedure were in pain and discomfort for a full week or two after. Today dermatologists offer what is called microdermabrasion, which is the brushing of tiny crystals across the face instead of that wire brush. The crystals and skin cells are then gently washed away, revealing healthier skin with less scarring. Those who have undergone this treatment for acne scars report much less discomfort that lasts for quite a bit less time, usually just a day or two.
There are also many light and laser treatments available for acne scars. Pulsated light or lasers can also remove a small layer of skin and stimulate collagen growth underneath; as the new collagen fills out it pushes the skin of the scar out, making the acne scars smaller and less visible.
Depending on the depth and extent of the acne scars a person may not be able to get rid of them completely, but most who undergo any of these newer treatment options report being very happy with the procedure. Their skin appears healthier and smoother. Some procedures can even be repeated after several months, giving them even better results as time goes on.
So if you’re plagued with acne scars but have assumed that they’re just too deep or too serious to be corrected, set that thinking aside and make an appointment with a dermatologist today; you’ll probably be glad you did!