Acne scarring is a common complication of acne, a skin condition characterised by red pimples or boils on the skin, which affects anywhere on the body, but mainly the face, chest and shoulders. Acne scarring is disfiguring and it can be emotionally painful. Any type of acne spot can result in scar tissue forming, however it is most prevalent after nodules and cysts burst and damage nearby skin.
Acne scarring can also occur if you have a tendency to pick or squeeze your spots, which also exasperates the problem, so the best advice is to always to leave them alone. There are three main types of acne scars:
Ice pick scars: These small marks in the skin are so called as the resemble marks made by a small, sharp object.
Rolling scars: These marks produce an uneven ‘rolling’ appearance caused by bands of scar tissue that form under the skin.
Boxcar scars: These are the typical ‘crater’ marks that are formed of round or oval depressions.
If you notice that acne is leaving scars on your skin, we recommend you take positive action; there are many innovative new ways to deal with acne, heal your scars and prevent new ones from forming.
As one treatment will not work for everyone, we have a wide range of options for acne scars, which we use either alone or in combination with other treatments for the best results.
Dr K Dickenson
Recommended treatments for Acne Scarring:
Here at the Cooden Medical Group we have a number of options to help treat and resole mild, moderate and severe acne. The following treatments can work in conjunction with any medication your doctor has prescribed you.
Chemical Peels remove a layer of damaged skin from the face by a chemical reaction to reveal a newer, healthier layer underneath. This causes the outer layers to peel away and then, when the skin begins to heal, the increased cell growth produces healthier skin layers, resulting in a more even appearance. We recommend:
- Mandelic Acid Peel
- Pyruvic Peel
- Salicylic Acid Peel
- Obagi Radiance® Peel
- Obagi Blue Peel®
- TCA Peel
Dermal Fillers can be used to plump up atrophic (indented) scars, offering a smoother skin texture. Although the results can be seen immediately, they are temporary and need to be repeated every 6 months.
Dermalux™ LED Phototherapy harnesses the power of light to treat a number of different skin conditions including acne scarring. Used as either as a stand-alone treatment or more commonly combined with other treatments, we use the antibacterial power of natural blue light to calm, heal and repair the skin.
Dermaroller / Dermapen™ therapy uses advanced micro-medical skin needling to help stimulate the skin, encouraging it to regenerate and repair itself, naturally and safely, allowing tissues to heal and therefore reducing acne scarring.
Mesotherapy works by harnessing a cocktail of hyaluronic acid, vitamins, peptides, coenzymes, amino acids and antioxidants to improve the texture of the skin, and reduce the appearance of scars. This treatment works especially well in combination with Dermaroller therapy.
Topical Homecare Treatments can improve very fine scarring. We recommend the Nu-Derm range from Obagi®, which works by stimulating collagen production to repair damaged skin.