Fraxel Laser Resurfacing will address uneven skin texture and post acne hyperpigmentation with minimum downtime. Repeated treatment with TCA spot treatment or microneedling depending upon the degree of skin damage will improve acne scars on the patient skin.
Dermapen Microneedling is a medical device that is used to break down old scar tissue and to stimulate skin cells to proliferate. This cell multiplication results in the formation of new tissue layers of elastin and collagen fibers as well as in new capillaries for an improved blood supply. The micro-injury caused by Dermapen needling encourages your collagen and scars to remodel.
Scar remodelling is gradual, and can take up to 3-5 months for final effect. Most patients will need a series of 4-6 skin needling procedures for best results.
TCA CROSS (Chemical reconstruction of skin scars) technique was developed to treat ice-pick acne scars. High concentrated trichloroacetic acid 80-100% is applied with a wooden toothpick or a fine syringe to the bottom of the scar. By affecting and re-injuring scarred area of the skin TCA stimulates new collagen formation that will reduce the size of the scar.
Treatments are done every 2 weeks 4-5 times.
If the scars are not very deep and old, medium do deep chemical peels can help to even out skin texture and discoloration resulted from acne. Obagi Blue Peel, TCA Peel, The Perfect Peel and VI peel can work very well to improve your skin appearance. 1 to 3 treatment usually required to get desirable effect.
Retin A will play a major role in treating acne scars by speeding up skin cellular turnover stimulating your new collagen cell production and encouraging epidermal rejuvenation.
Vitamin C is on of the best anti-inflammatory ingredients that also helps to build new collagen and reduce hyperpigmentation.
HYDROQUINONE 4% will inhibit melanin production process that especially important in the skin types 4-6 due to very active melanocyte cells.
One of the most important rule that you probably already know: DO NOT PICK! As tempting as it might be, you will be better off to suffer for a few days with that unsightly pimple then spend the rest of your life searching for a treatment that would fix the after effect of that self-extracting procedure. Use a spot treatment such as BPO 5%, salicylic acid, zap it with hi-frequency, use Preparation H, Visin. Anything that may reduce swelling and redness and kill some bacteria. See a doctor for cortisone shot or a professional extraction if it is something you cannot tolerate a day longer.
It is always best to prevent then to treat. If you have acne prone skin, you also probably heard, that it is systemic disorder. Treating just skin will only subside or temporarily mask acne symptoms. As soon as you stop your treatment it can re-bound or your skin can develope resistance to ant-bacterial creams, antibiotics, acids etc. It is best to listen to you body and give it the best it deserves: clean diet will be the first step. See a Naturopathic Doctor to help you balance your digestive and immune system and avoid triggers such as stress that can stimulate your hormonal imbalance.