Acne scars are the result of inflammation of acne blemishes. Any type of acne spot can lead to scarring, but it usually occurs when nodules and cysts burst and damage nearby skin. Scarring can also occur if you pick or squeeze your spots!
Acne scars can be very difficult to treat. Unfortunately, over-the-counter skincare products alone are not strong enough to improve the look of acne scars. However, there are procedures and treatments that can make a difference and help improve the look and texture of your skin.
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While each case is different it typically takes around 6 months to see an improvement.
Concerns: acne, acne scars
Client Profile: male, 30s, mild acne and bilateral mild acne scarring.
Treatment: 2 courses of micropeel to remove dead skin cells and increase cell turnover. Microneedling helped increase collagen and elastin, however, some deeper acne scars will require fractional laser treatment to correct skin texture permanently.
Outcome Timeline: 12 weeks
Skincare: the main focus of the skincare products was to increase skin cell turnover, repair skin barrier and protect skin from the sun. Obagi Clenziderm active daily foaming cleanser (2% salicylic acid) was recommended to help unclog pores and wash away dead skin and imperfections.
A potent nighttime treatment featuring 0.3% pure retinol was incorporated to accelerate cellular turnover. Hydrating facial moisturizer helped with barrier repair and skin hydration.
Follow up: acne scars can be effectively treated with fractional laser. It is a non-invasive procedure that uses laser, specially made of carbon dioxide, to remove the outer layers of damaged skin. a course of 4 treatments was recommended.