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Methods For Treating The Effects Of Acne Scarring

Author : Callum Asterman

We may not have realised when we were younger, but every spot we squashed when we're young can leave a lasting reminder all the way through adult life. That's because squeezing and opening them are main reasons for the pitting and scarring that affects many adults even after their spots and acne have cleared up. Of course, when we're young and impressionable and peer pressure and looks are strong influencers our actions, the temptation to squeeze a spot or temporarily remove a white head is much stronger than the prospect that our skin might be clearer and better looking in later life In addition, many of us suffer from acne scarring even when we have been careful not to squeeze our spots, and not necessarily in severe cases.

Sadly, we can't turn back time and unsqueeze our spots and we certainly can't wish away acne, so many people have to endure the damaging effect of the earlier impact of their acne for years, which can have a significant impact on people's confidence. Fortunately nowadays there are amazing means of getting rid of the acne scarring, and a few trips to a clinic can remedy the problem permanently.

Dealing with acne scarring has improved dramatically in recent years, to the extent that it is a relatively routine procedure carried out in a clinic. Treatment will depend on the nature and the level of the scarring, of which there are a few commonly recognised types, known as ice pick scars (or pickaxe scars), rolling scars and lastly boxcar scars.

Sometimes the marks that people identify as scars might in fact turn out to be just passing skin conditions which will heal themselves, possibly over several months. A dermatologist is trained to advise which type a given mark is, and will offer appropriate treatment options. If the blemishes or pitting do turn out to be genuine acne scars, different types of procedures can be of assistance. One of the most common is the removal of the outer skin, the epidermis, in the region around the problem. This may not seem like a nice option but is much less brutal than it sounds as this layer is very thin. Clearing does not take place immediately, but it stimulates skin growth in the lower layers, which has the effect of making the surface smoother.

Fractional laser resurfacing is a modern technique that works on the same principle as epidermis removal. Where it regrows, the skin rebuilds in a much smoother form. The amount of treatment and the number of visits to the clinic will depend on the severity of the acne scarring. Other treatments include microdermabrasion, but the appropriate remedy will depend largely on the scarring and the age of the problem condition.

So if you're currently suffering from acne, the most important thing to consider is the impact of picking the spots or trying to remove them physically, as this can have far-reaching consequences. If you're one of the many people who has problems with post-acne scarring, however, there's a good likelihood that it can be vastly improved or even taken care of completely with modern methods of treatment.

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Callum is a skin care expert and reports that acne scarring treatments have improved and methods such as microdermabrasion are almost routine practice now.

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