Treating Acne Scars
For many people, treating acne can be a long and stressful process, but the inevitable scarring that is left can also be a source of concern. The skin takes time to heal, so it is normal for skin to exhibit changes in color and texture following the treatment of acne. For those who want to improve the look of their acne scars, there is a number of available treatment options depending on your age, type of scarring, and tolerance for certain procedures and medications:
- Topical creams – Creams can help reduce redness or inflammation.
- Laser treatments – Using laser light can help burn away damaged tissue to reduce uneven skin surfaces or trigger reduction in oil and acne formation.
- Injectable fillers – Fat or other substances like collagen can be used to fill out depressed scars to create a smoother service. The substance usually gets absorbed by the body over time but can last for 3 to 6 months.
- Chemical peels – Effective for mild acne scars, chemical peels involve applying a solution to exfoliate and remove the topmost layer of skin to encourage regeneration of skin to produce a more even look.
- Cryotherapy – Freezing the damaged area leads to the tissue dying and falling off, which can help flatten raised scars.
- Dermabrasion – A small abrasive tool is used to remove the top layer of skin, creating a more smooth and bright look.
No matter what type of procedure you are interested in, it is important to discuss your condition and potential treatments with an experienced dermatologist to minimize potential risks and side effects. Dr. Juan Vaillant of Old Bridge Dermatology has been treating patients in the Old Bridge, NJ area for over 30 years and treats all types of skin, hair, and nail conditions. If you’re suffering from acne, or need help managing eczema, dandruff, fungal infections, skin cancer, psoriasis, or hair loss, Dr. Vaillant has the experience and expertise to reduce your discomfort! Please call us at (732) 679-0222 to schedule an appointment today!