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Today is a time of modern medicine where medical technology has solved many of our health concerns, and even some of our cosmetic ones.  Treating acne can be a long and laborious process; a lot depends on the many factors of the individual.  Another area of treatment is often needed for people who have recovered from acne but still have remaining acne scars that are muddling their otherwise clear appearance.

Acne scar reduction treatments abound the market these days and are offered by dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons alike. Essentially the only way to effectively remove an acne scar is to get some serious professional treatments.  Over the counter acne scar removal creams simply do not work on acne scars where there is scar tissue as the ingredients are too weak.

Pitted acne scars are a common type of acne scar that can come in three different shapes; the ice pick scar, the rolling scar and the boxcar scar.  Pitted acne scars appear to be embedded into the skin, and have a “trough-like” appearance.  These scars can be treated in a variety of ways, such as in using laser resurfacing treatments, deep chemical peels and even micro-dermabrasion.  If the pitted acne scar is particularly deep and severe another treatment possibility is called punch excision where a small skin graft may be used to cover up the scar.

Of course one needs to seek medical advice from a professional before knowing which type of acne treatment can best suit them. Seeking a reputable physician without a history of complaints or lawsuits is a good clue that they are competent and successful. Overall, an acne scar reduction treatment is considered very safe and the results can be as good as a 30-80% reduction.  Every person, with a little savings will be able to pursue acne scar treatments and get the scar-free face that they deserve.

 

If over-the-counter acne treatments aren’t working for you, it might be time to visit your dermatologist to have stubborn breakouts treated.  Learn which procedures can help severe cases of acne.

While you can find nonprescription acne washes, lotions, and gels to treat acne sometimes it is not enough to control the problem.  For stubborn or severe acne, here are some procedures that can be performed at a dermatologist’s office:

Extractions (also called acne surgery) help remove pockets of oil and dead skin.   A few different sterile instruments can be used to safely drain whiteheads, blackheads, and small cysts.  Extractions must be done carefully by someone with experience or they can turn a small pimple into a festering boil, which can become infected and take weeks to heal. This is the reason doctors usually recommend that pimples not be squeezed; without the right instruments and technique, you can badly scar your skin.

Large cysts (such as those that result from hormonal breakouts) can be treated with dilute cortisone injections, which shrink the inflammation under the skin, often within a day or two.  The amount of cortisone is very small, but a skilled doctor must do the injection — otherwise it can cause your skin to become pitted.

Acne peels with alpha and beta hydroxy acids can help unclog pores and reduce blackheads, especially if there are lots of little bumps and pimples; dermatologist favor solutions containing salicylic acid and lipo hydroxy acid, which target the oil glands.  Peels generally cause pinkness and flaking for a few days.

Acne laser and photo facial treatments can help kill acne-causing bacteria and shrink pores, although the effect is temporary.  For best results, these treatments are done once every three to four weeks, so they can be very costly. However, there’s little to no recovery time.

 

When you are living with acne it can be tough to think about anything else.  Your life revolves around getting rid of and concealing your pimples.  This can make other areas of your life suffer.  For a few folks their acne is so bad that they decide to stop socializing, they lose interest in friends and family and they become depressed.

THERE IS HOPE!
These days there are so many varieties of treatments for acne.  Best of all, doctors understand more of the causes of acne and ways to properly treat it. So you can get back to the fun things in life.

FIRST, HEAL YOUR PSYCHE.
Many sufferers learn to deal with acne because they have to.  Not only do you have to make the blemishes disappear but you also need to heal your mind from the trauma they created in the first place. Talk with your dermatologist; they will help you on the road to recovery.

SECOND, TACKLE THE PHYSICAL SCARS.
Living with acne once meant that you had to live with the scarring that it causes.  When acne gets severe and goes untreated your skin begins to develop pits and scars. These blemishes never depart and can stay on your face all your life.  These days there are things you can do to prevent and treat scarring; special facial treatments have been developed and special products have been developed to cover acne scars.

THIRD, DEVELOP LIFE-LONG HABITS.
Living with acne will be rough.  It has lasting effects on many people. The most effective method to combat acne is to prevent and control it before it gets severe.  Watch your diet, your water intake and most of all go to bed every night with a washed face.  Control that oil!  A soft exfoliating cleanser will help your skin feel refreshed and clean.

 

 

With all the information on acne causes and treatments in books, magazines, or on the Internet, it’s difficult sometimes to know what is fact and what is myth.  Acne treatments range from home remedies, herbal medicines, creams, gels, vitamins, antibiotics, hormonal treatments, retinoids, laser treatment and the list goes on.

First of all what is acne? Acne is the result of hair follicles and skin pores getting clogged when the body produces too much oil which builds up which then leads to swelling, pimples, zits or whiteheads.  The oily substance is called sebum, which lubricates and moisturizes the skin and hair.  Normally, sebum produces small amounts of oil, but sometimes, although no one knows for sure why, starts over-producing oil.  Hormones play a part in the amount of sebum that is produced during adolescence.  The male hormone androgen can cause sebaceous glands to enlarge leading to the increase of more sebum.

Some FACTS about acne:

  • Popping pimples can lead to infection and scarring.
  • An acne treatment that works for one person may not work for you.
  • If other family members have/or had acne, it’s more likely that you will, too.
  • People of all races and ages can get acne.
  • Oil build-up in the skin can contribute to pimples.
  • Acne is more common in males than in females during adolescence.
  • Some birth control pills can help acne by slowing down over-producing oil glands in the skin.
  • Acne has nothing to do with lack of cleanliness.
  • Acne is not contagious.

Some MYTHS about acne:

  • The sun is good for acne.  A tan can temporarily cover up blemishes, but the sun may actually make acne worse.
  • Eating chocolate and sugar causes acne.
  • Acne is a result of poor hygiene.  Although, proper cleansing is essential for treating an acne condition.
  • Acne is not caused by dirt.
  • Stress causes acne. However, research suggests that for people who have acne, stress can make it worse.
  • Any acne medication works instantly.
  • Washing many times a day will minimize acne.
  • Washing with rough soaps and aggressive scrubbing will clear up acne on the face.
  • Picking your acne will make it disappear.
  • Once acne has cleared up, it will never come back.
  • Teenagers are the only ones that get acne.

 

First thing – How do they form?

After an acne lesion has healed, it can leave a red or hyperpigmented mark on the skin. This is actually not a scar, but rather a post-inflammatory change. The redness or hyperpigmentation is seen as the skin goes through its healing and remodeling process, which takes approximately 6-12 months. If no more acne lesions develop in that area, the skin can heal normally.  Any color change or skin defect still present after 1 year is considered to be a permanent defect or scar.

Second thing – Treatment

The post-inflammatory changes caused by acne are part of the skin’s natural healing process. There are certain practices and medications that can help facilitate this healing process.  Unprotected exposure to the sun causes more skin damage and delays healing, therefore wearing a good sunscreen is important. Using a retinol based product speeds up the skin’s remodeling process and helps heal post-inflammatory changes. CoralActives Retinol Exfoliating Cleanser would help.

Third thing – Picking at scabs should be avoided at all costs

Scabs form to protect the healing process that is going on underneath them. Pulling a scab off before it is ready interferes with the healing and remodeling process, prolonging the time that post-inflammatory changes will be visible.