Struggling with acne at any age can leave you feeling unconfident in your skin, but dealing with acne scarring that remains long after the breakout has cleared is a battle of its own. Some marks may heal with time, but others may remain visible without intervention.
Fortunately, at AK Beautiful You, we have several treatments available that can effectively speed up the recovery process or even help eliminate more severe scars. By starting with a consultation, we can examine any unwanted marks and scars in your skin caused by breakouts and discuss how we can help you achieve smoother, glowing skin.
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What Causes Acne Scarring?
Most people deal with acne at some point in their life, especially with the onset of puberty. However, acne rarely ends with adolescence. Changes in hormones, genetics, and bacteria on the skin all contribute to flare-ups. You may experience breakouts that clear with little to no lingering effects.
Acne scarring results when your body attempts to produce collagen and heal tissue damage from acne that makes it way deep into your skin. Too much collagen results in a raised, hypertrophic acne scar while too little collagen forms depressed, atrophic acne scars. Having acne cysts or picking at and popping pimples can all increase inflammation, which can increase the chance of developing scars.
Types of Acne Scars
There are several different common types of acne scarring that can affect the appearance of your skin. Learning the different types of scars that can develop after an acne breakout can help you better determine the cause and find an appropriate treatment plan:
- Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation: Discolored, flat marks on the skin that result from the overproduction of melanin
- Boxcar scars: Wide, pitted scars with sharp, vertical edges that are caused by collagen loss
- Ice Pick scars: Deep, pitted scars caused by inflammation that appear as if they have been poked by a sharp object, such as an ice pick
- Rolling scars: Atrophic scars with a wavy appearance caused by fibrous tissue growth below the surface of the skin
- Hypertrophic scars: Raised, firm scars, sometimes called keloids, that form when too much collagen is produced during the healing process
How is Acne Scarring Treated?
With the right treatment, our highly trained staff can reduce the appearance of acne scars or even remove them completely. There are several remedies we offer that can help you achieve the desired results.
At AK Beautiful You, we can use our FDA-approved non-ablative fraction laser to stimulate collagen growth, allowing us to reduce acne scarring and tighten the skin. With Intense Pulsed Light, we can even address hypertrophic scars and keloids. Each session usually takes about an hour to complete with minimal redness following the procedure.
Microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive procedure used to correct discoloration, reduce the visible effects of sun damage, minimize wrinkles, and address acne scarring. For this nonsurgical procedure, we use a handheld tool to remove the top layer of the skin to help increase blood flow and promote collagen production. You will leave the procedure with immediate, noticeable results, which can be improved with subsequent sessions.
Our collection of JUVÉDERM® fillers restore volume and decrease lines by injecting your skin with a hyaluronic acid solution. For depressed acne scarring, this increase in volume can raise the scar so that it is the same level as the rest of the skin. The procedure is quick and effective. However, the results are temporary so the filler will need to be reapplied to maintain results. We can discuss your goals and help you determine which JUVÉDERM® filler can best meet your needs.
Address Acne Scarring at AK Beautiful You
With our comprehensive list of treatments available to lessen the presence of acne scars or even remove them completely, the team at AK Beautiful You can help develop a treatment plan for smooth, flawless skin you’ll love to show off. To achieve the best results, you need to work with an experienced medical professional who understands what causes acne scarring and can find an effective solution for your unique situation.
Ready to start achieving your goals? Request a consultation.