How to Repair Acne Scars

Acne is thought to affect as much as 80% of adolescents and 5% of adults.  For many acne suffers developing acne scars is an unfortunate side-effect and many seek to finding effective treatments for how to repair acne scars.

Billions of dollars is spent researching acne, acne scarring, and acne scar solutions.

How To Repair Acne Scars

There are three classifications of acne scars, Icepick, Boxcar, and Rolling. The method of treatment you choose to repair acne scars will vary depending on the acne classification.

  • Topical Medications work well on ‘fresh’ scars formed with 6 months.
  • Punch excision or punch elevation are minor surgical procedures frequently used to treat icepick or boxcar scars.  The procedure removes  scar tissue or elevates scar tissue.
  • Subcutaneous Incision is a method used to treat mature acne scars and deep scars like rolling scars.  In this procedure, a needle is inserted into the skin to penetrate the scar tissue and stimulate the skin’s healing process.
  • Chemical Peels are used as a means A chemical peel uses various exfoliating agents to produce a controlled wound and fast-track cell turnover and the regeneration process of the epidermis to improve skin texture and smoothing out uneven skin surfaces.
  • Microdermabrasion is a treatment where the surface layer of the skin is removed by an abrasion method to leave the skin with a smoother surface.
  • Soft Tissue Augmentation is also known as derma fillers. Derma fillers utilizes substances like bovine collagen, fat, hyaluronic acid derivatives, human collagen, and polytheyl-methacrylate microspheres with collagen which are injected into the scar. As a result the scar is raised to the skins surface so it appears smoother. Unfortunately this method is only temporary and needs to be repeated at intervals to maintain results.
  • Laser Resurfacing targets the dermal layers of skin causing thermal injury and coagulation of tissue to repair and stimulate collagen and elastin production. It can take several treatments and 3 to 6 months for the effects of laser skin resurfacing to be evident; however the long term rejuvenation benefits of this treatment are proving popular.

The procedures we have listed here to treat scars are dramatic and costly.  Finding the best treatment for your level of acne is very important as the treatment you choose for how to repair acne scars will depend on the severity of your acne condition.

For mild cases of acne read our article on “The Best Ways To Treat Mild Acne”   and “Best Acne Treatments” for the best acne treatments to treat moderate to severe acne.


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