Acne alone can be a very distressing, physically unattractive condition. Even worse, acne can leave behind scarring that is much more difficult to treat than the acne itself. Acne scars are scars that remain to blemish the skin even after the active acne has been treated and removed. Patients who have a family history of acne scarring are more genetically prone to scars. Even a normal looking pimple, not necessarily cystic, can leave a scar.
There are four major types of acne scars that are identified by dermatologists:
As with all scarring, a scar is permanent as it affects the tissues of the epidermis and dermis. No scar can ever truly be gotten rid of. However, there can be treatments to reduce the size, appearance, and texture of a scar.
Very few over the counter remedies for acne scars are effective. However, there is a wide range of professional dermatological treatments that can be very effective at treating acne scars. Medical and cosmetic technological advances have made it possible to safely and effectively reduce the appearance of acne scars, even for patients with darker skin tones, including Asian, Indian, and African-American skin. Treatments can range from chemical peels and microdermabrasion, to more targeted treatments utilizing laser technology. These are all non-surgical treatments, but have different requirements for candidacy and may require a recovery period. Each patient’s case and background will help determine which treatment is right for them, as skin type, the type of scarring, and other factors will influence treatment.
If you are suffering from acne scars, please contact us at Dyson Dermatology in Tucson, AZ for a consultation with one of our skilled dermatologist. As each patient can have unique characteristics of their condition, only a consultation with a dermatologist can help you determine the best treatment; there is no “one size fits all” for treating acne scars. Dr. Senait Dyson is one of the premiere cosmetic dermatologists in Tucson, and she is sure to be able to help you find a solution tailored to your specific needs.