Scars are formed when a breakout penetrates the skin deeply and damages the tissues beneath it. Before you try to treat your scars, it’s important to know what type they are. Each type responds to treatment differently, and some treatments are better for particular types than others.
- Alpha hydroxy acids: Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are often found in products made to treat acne since they help to remove dead skin and prevent clogged pores. Even better, AHAs can also help make acne scars appear less noticeable. The mild acid exfoliates the outer layer of the skin to help remove discoloration and rough skin.
- Lactic acid: Don’t worry, this one has nothing to with the gym. A small 2010 study found that dermatologist-performed lactic acid peels done once every two weeks for three months improved the texture, appearance, and pigmentation of the skin and lightened acne scars.
- Retinoids: Topical retinoids are another acne treatment with scar-smoothing benefits. In addition to speeding up your cell regeneration and improving your skin’s texture, retinoids can also help reduce discoloration and make scars less noticeable according to a recent review. However, they can also make your skin especially sensitive to the sun. Always wear sunscreen daily when using anything that contains retinoids.
It might take a few weeks to see a difference when using salicylic acid. It can also cause dryness or irritation. You may need to use the product less often or try spot treating if you have sensitive skin.
Pigmentation: Red, purple or brown spots left over where the Acne used to be. These dark areas, or red spots can be stubborn and may not fade even when the original pimple has gone. Often these marks can stay for months and years without fading without treatment. Cosmetic Acupuncture can help with breaking up the pigmentation and promoting blood circulation to move the stagnant red and purple pigment.
Pitting: Acne scarring in the form of pitting leaves the skin surface dotted with small pockets and craters. This is particularly prevalent with Cystic Acne where the pimple was large, deep and slow to heal. Facial Acupuncture treatment can be used to stimulate the process of collagen production in the local area, softening and filling the pitting in the skin.
Bumps: Often larger Acne can remain as a raised, hard lump in the skin. Although it looks like a pimple, it is no longer active and is a hardened scar left from a slow healing pimple. Stimulation through Acupuncture can be used to help with reducing the inflammation, break up adhesions in scarring and promote the healing in the local area by signalling the body to heal and repair.