Updated: Dec 13, 2021
Scarring on the skin can be difficult to treat and facial scarring due to acne can feel like no exception. The great news is that acne scar treatment techniques, skincare services, and products have come a long way in recent years. There are now several ways to safely and effectively reduce or remove even severe acne scarring on the face.
How does acne scarring occur?
Several factors affect one’s chances of developing acne scarring. Genetics and skin type generally dictate how predisposed one is to develop a scar of any kind. However, inflammation is, surprisingly, one of the biggest factors in causing acne scarring. The more inflamed a pore is, due to the acne itself or due to picking and popping, the more likely the surrounding skin is to receive damage that could end up creating a scar. During the time that these pores are inflamed, without proper care, the structure of the skin and pore can become compromised requiring a more intense healing process. Once the damage is done to the skin genetics, collagen production, and overall skin health greatly determine the outcome of how much and what type of scarring may occur.
How do you minimize acne scarring?
Minimizing acne scarring while dealing with active acne is the best prevention that you can do. Reduce inflammation, don’t pick and pop acne, see a skincare professional for treatment, etc. However, if the damage has already occurred to the skin, there are still plenty of ways to minimize and remove it with the help of acne scar treatments.
What products help with acne scarring?
There are plenty of topical treatments such as retinoids, vitamin c, and exfoliants that can assist in the reduction or removal of acne scarring. However, it is important to remember that you are dealing with skin that has already been compromised as well as skin that has already proven to you that it can and will scar. For this reason, you should consult with your dermatologist or medical esthetician to determine what product regimen will be both safe and effective in targeting the appearance of acne scarring while keeping your skin healthy and happy. One of our favorite products to use in a scar reduction protocol is Skinceuticals CE Ferulic Serum, especially if the scarring is hyperpigmented.
What treatments help with acne scarring?
Microneedling uses SkinPen®, an FDA-approved tool, that has very fine needles used to superficially pierce the skin. This causes controlled micro-injuries to the skin which, essentially, switch on your body’s healing system. This promotes the stimulation of collagen and elastin which are essential in the repair and reduction of acne scars and the pigmentation that often accompanies them. New, healthy skin forms and over time reduces the appearance of scarring, both raised and depressed.
The Vampire Facial does everything that microneedling does with the added boost of platelet-rich fibrin matrix, also known as PRF. PRF is second-generation to PRP (platelet-rich plasma). A small sample of your blood is taken and from it is removed valuable plasma containing platelets, tissue growth factors, and healing properties that are excellent for your skin. This plasma is then applied to the face during the traditional microneedling process providing a powerful boost in results like collagen production, skin texture, and pigment concerns.
At Coco Med Spa, we love helping people restore their skin to its original state and feel confident with the texture and appearance of their skin. When it comes to the treatment of acne scars, the guidance of a professional is imperative for great results. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and discuss which scarring treatment methods would be the best fit for you!