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Acne may be an incidence of the years gone by, but its occurrence in the past is visible even today in the form of acne scar that are left as indented skin, red or dark pigmentation. Only few lucky ones escape with smooth clear skin and no acne scar.
With the advancement in aesthetic dermatology there are now many types of acne scar treatments available. These acne scar treatment address various kinds of depressed and post inflammatory hyperpigmented acne scars.
ICE PICK ACNE SCAR
Ice pick acne scars appear as deep narrow indentations in the skin as if the skin has been punctured with an ice pick. Being deep in nature these kind of acne scar are the most difficult to treat. Ice pick acne scars are caused by the breakdown of collagen due to the inflammation caused by Acne bacteria.
Although difficult to treat ice pick acne scars respond well to the Fractional laser skin resurfacing treatment. Most people see good results with 4-5 treatments. Additional maintenance treatments may be required.
BOXCAR ACNE SCAR
Breakdown of collagen due to the injury from formation of acne causes broad boxlike depressed acne scars. Boxcar acne scars are easier to treat as opposed to ice pick acne scars.
Light based laser acne scar treatments work well. Along with fractional skin resurfacing treatments medium depth chemical peels are effective too to address boxcar type of acne scar.
Filler injections also help to minimize the appearance to boxcar acne scar if only a few scars are to be treated. In incidence of the acne scars affecting the entire cheek or bigger area laser and intense pulsed light based treatments are the best option.
ROLLING ACNE SCAR
Softer acne scar appearing as rolling hills and valleys are easier to treat in comparison to ice pick or boxcar acne scar.
Fractional Skin Resurfacing, IPL Photofacial, Chemical peels and microdermabrasion give very promising results for acne scar treatment of rolling acne scars.
POST INFLAMMATORY HYPERPIGEMTATION (PIH)
Following acne flare up PIH is the most common form of acne scar. This type of scar is more of an issue for people of ethnic backgrounds even though not limited to.
This type of acne scar are the easiest to treat and respond very well to mild chemical and enzyme peels. Microdermabrasion is an effective acne scar treatment for PIH. Appropriate home care that inhibits the melanocyte activity gives good results when combined with in clinic treatments.
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Frequently asked questions?
A chemical face peel consists of applying a solution of chemicals to the skin, which results in peeling of the outer layers of skin. There are many different types of chemical peeling agents which can be used to vary the depth of treatment desired. Most peels are either light/superficial (Glycolic acid) or medium (Jessner’s, TCA) depth peels. Very deep peels are infrequently used, and are somewhat riskier.
A chemical peel is usually an office procedure.
A chemical peel is done when sufficient fine lines in the skin warrant the procedure. Therapeutically, a chemical peel may be used to remove scaly growths and pre-cancerous skin produced by sun damage. It can also be used to remove the whiteheads and blackheads of acne and decrease the severity of inflammatory pimples or cysts that may occur.
As with any medical procedure, there is some slight risk, however, it is minimal with this procedure.
As the chemical is applied to the skin, there is a burning sensation which may persist for a few minutes, but generally disappears quickly. The stronger the peel, the longer the burning sensation. Pain rarely persists beyond 10-30 minutes in even the deepest of peels. Pain medication may be administered prior to the procedure, but Tylenol extra-strength (1000mg) is all that is usually needed, even with the deeper peels.
Not normally. The pain is not sufficient to warrant the use of an anesthetic. For some peels the doctor may recommend a local nerve block to the area to decrease the burning sensation.
It is expected that there will be improvement, but not complete removal, of the fine lines and wrinkles of the face. This may include the fine lines around the eyes and mouth, and those occasionally seen in the cheeks. There is sometimes a degree of color change in the skin after a chemical peel. The skin may heal to be lighter or darker in color than normal skin. Generally this discoloration resolves with time. To minimize this effect, the chemical peel may be done over the entire face and carried down into the shadow area below the lower jaw.