Many people suffer from acne in their teenage years, and for some people, the scarring and discolouring that can result from acne last well into adult years. While there is no magical ingredient or gadget that can completely remove acne scarring, there are a number of treatments that can be used for reducing acne scars reduce the appearance of the discolouring that occurs as a result of scarring. For many acne sufferers, the hope of being blemish-free can lead to purchasing a whole range of different chemicals, creams and medications to solve their problem. The results of these treatments can vary, and they may also come with side effects. Here, we take a look at some of the top dermatology treatments for reducing acne scars.
1. Infini Micro-needling (In-Office Treatment)
This treatment combines micro-needling and radio-frequency technologies and should be performed by your dermatologist. It is often hailed as one of the great ways of reducing acne scars. Your dermatologist will start by applying a numbing gel, before using a micro-needling device to penetrate the skin. At the same time, radio frequencies are administered to the dermis directly. This can cause some redness and you should avoid wearing make-up for 24 hours after the treatment, but the results after this 24 hour period are great.
2. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is one of the most natural remedies for reducing acne scars and is often also recommended for its natural moisturising properties. Melt about a quarter of a teaspoon of coconut oil in your hand - your body heat will be enough to melt it. Using the tips of your fingers, work the coconut oil into your skin and let it soak in. The vitamins and fatty acids within the oil will continue to work as long as it's on your skin, improving the appearance of your skin and reducing acne scars. This means there's no need to wash the coconut oil from your face after it has been applied. Some people can find, however, that the oil feels too heavy on their face and that their skin can start to feel clogged or uncomfortable. If this happens, use a natural cleanser to remove the oil after about 30 minutes. This should give the oil plenty of time to do its job.
3. Fractionated Laser Skin Resurfacing (In-Office Treatment)
Like micro-needling treatments, fractionated skin resurfacing sends your skin a signal to respond to the damage causing your acne scarring. Specifically, the treatment triggers the natural rebuilding of collagen in your skin. The newly produced collagen helps to rejuvenate the skin, giving you a fresher appearance and reducing acne scars.
Acne scars can have a huge impact on your self-confidence and can leave you feeling shy or embarrassed about the appearance of your skin. If you find that you feel this way about your skin, contact our dermatology department in our hospital in Marbella. We can advise you on the best treatments for your skin.