Acne scarring can be the fatal punishment of acne, you not only had to endure the unsightly pimples, but now you are left with the constant reminder. But don't give up, there are things that you can do to treat acne scarring and diminish the appearance.
First you need to be aware of a few things about scars, and aware of a few things about acne. Acne is defined as lesions or pimples whose origin begins when the hair follicles or pores on the skin get plugged with oil and/or dead skin cells.
A clogged follicle is just the thing that assists bacteria in growing and creating the red bumps and pus-filled red bumps that we call pimples. The normal bacteria that creates acne is called Propionibacterium acnes. Hormonal transformations that occur during the teen years are the culprit in most cases that cause increased oil production contributing to the problem.
Types of Acne Include
• Mild acne - whiteheads or blackheads
• Moderately severe acne - red inflamed pimples
• Severe acne--painful pus-filled cysts or lumps
The most severe acne scarring is caused by the rigorous forms of acne that have nodules that are more prone to leave lasting scars, more so than other types of acne. The best thing that you can do for your acne is to seek treatment as soon as you can once you notice the acne, this will help to prevent further severe acne and more scarring. If you have nodules, you should see a cosmetic dermatologist for treatment.
Forms of Treatment Include
Laser resurfacing, the laser removes the damaged top layer of skin and tightens the middle layer, leaving skin smoother.
Dermabrasion, which utilizes a rotating wire brush or spinning diamond instrument to wear down the surface of the skin. As the skin heals, a new, smoother layer replaces the abraded skin.
Fractional laser therapy is a deeper level of treatment than laser resurfacing or dermabrasion. Fractional laser therapy doesn't wound the top layer of tissue making for a more rapid healing process.
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