While most active acne is temporary, there are more invasive cases that leave people with unsightly and embarrassing scars. The best way to deal with acne scarring is to prevent it in the first place. This means developing a regular facial cleansing routine, resisting the urge to pick, and seeing a skin care specialist. Since no two people’s skin type is exactly the same, a skin care specialist can prescribe a treatment solution that will work best for your particular skin.
Another point to keep in mind is that acne can cause discoloration even after the pimples have gone away. This is known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. It normally lasts for 6-12 months, and it can develop even if the pimples were not aggravated. The color will fade away to reveal normal, unblemished skin with time, but the process can be sped up if the discoloration is causing severe consternation. Some simple tips to minimize scar damage include:
• Protecting the affected areas from the sun
• Not picking or squeezing the scarred areas
• Not applying vitamin E directly to the scarred areas
If you do develop acne scars despite your best efforts at prevention, don’t panic. Acne scars can be treated. Because acne scarring occurs under the skin as opposed to on the surface, it can be slightly more complicated to treat than other types of scars, but it’s certainly not impossible. At the Cosmetic Enhancement Center of New England, we have a variety of available treatments to treat acne scarring.
Our most up to date treatment for acne scars called the eMatrix System with the Sublative Rejuvenation™ Treatment. This treatment uses bi-polar energy at radio frequency to generate deep thermal impact, which leads to the appearance of smoother skin and negates the effects of acne scarring. For more information on this or any of the treatments available at CEC, visit our website.