How to Erase Acne Scars for Good

For acne sufferers, dealing with acne and then bearing the marks after it has gone seem like a double punishment. Not only will the scars remind you of what you had to deal with, you will also feel unconfident and never fully satisfied with your skin.

Fortunately, all hope is not lost. You don’t have to carry these marks forever. Various acne treatment options and scarring correction methods are available today that can help reduce the appearance of acne spots and marks. Here’s everything you need to know about evading and erasing scars for good.

Basic Acne Scarring Prevention Tips

  • Get your acne under control. The best way to reduce chances of scarring is by getting your skin problem under control right from the beginning. Practise a proper skin care regimen and consult an expert dermatologist immediately to keep your breakouts from worsening. Also avoid using products with abrasive agents as they may only lead to irritation and inflammation.
  • Know what you’re up against. Acne is classified into three: mild, which refers to blackheads and whiteheads; moderate, which is characterised by the appearance of papules and pastules; and severe, which refers to painful and pus-filled cysts or nodules. Severe forms of acne can cause serious and permanent scarring; understanding what you’re up against can help you figure out what needs to be done.
  • Avoid picking and squeezing pimples. While there are acne lesions that will eventually leave marks no matter how you keep your hands off your face, squeezing, poking, or picking at a blemish should still be avoided as they can do more harm than good. Picking causes the spread of bacteria and leads to further inflammation. And the deeper or more inflamed a pimple, the higher the probability of scarring.
  • Limit sun exposure. The sun isn’t only notorious for causing premature ageing, it can also make marks and scars darker, and slow down the healing process. This is because the sun’s ultraviolet rays can increase the amount of melanocytes or pigment-producing cells, causing discolouration and worsening the appearance of spots. As much as possible, limit your time in the sun and never leave the house without slathering some sunscreen.

Top Non-Surgical Procedures to Erase Spots and Scars

  • Microdermabrasion – One of the best ways to diminish the appearance of shallow scars and superficial hyperpigmentation is through microdermabrasion. This procedure uses exfoliating micro crystal particles to clear up the dead skin cells, refining the quality of the skin. To get the best results, it is advisable to repeat the treatment four times in consecutive weeks. It can also be performed in conjunction with skin peels to enhance the results.
  • INFINI Fractional Radiofrequency System – Apart from being one of the most effective skin tightening treatments today, the INFINI Fractional Radiofrequency System also makes for a good acne scarring correction method. It offers two levels of treatment: Superficial Fractional Radiofrequency, which improves skin’s tone and elasticity by resurfacing the skin and stimulating collagen production; and Microneedle Fractional Radiofrequency, which reduces the appearance of scars and wrinkles by working deeper into the tissues through skin needling. Using the 3D Microneedle RF along with Superficial RF is recommended for the treatment of severe scarring. In Sydney, The Cosmetic and Restorative Surgery clinic is the first to offer this technology.

Getting rid of the signs of a breakout isn’t easy. Depending on the type and severity of the scar, it would take a few months or longer for the marks to completely heal and fade. You would need to try out a few procedures and, of course, exercise patience to get the results you desire.

Here at The Cosmetic and Restorative Surgery clinic, we have the expertise and the technologies to help you achieve the smooth, glowing and acne-free skin you’ve always desired. Aside from the non-surgical procedures mentioned above, we also offer surgical options to treat severe acne scarring. Feel free to contact us today to learn more about how we can deliver the best treatments for you.

About Dr Darryl Hodgkinson

Dr. Darryl J. Hodgkinson is recognized world-wide as an expert in aesthetic plastic surgery with more than thirty years of experience in both aesthetic and plastic/reconstructive surgery.

Dr. Hodgkinson did his plastic surgical training at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in the United States and is amongst an elite group of a very few surgeons to hold two degrees in plastic surgery from American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons, Canada.

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