Most of us get our acne scars from our teens, although adults with oily skin will continue to breakout throughout their adult years. Facial scars can be embarrassing- some of them can’t be covered up using makeup, and for men concealer and foundation may not be an option for hiding acne scars. Luckily, advances in cosmetic procedures have improved so much that effectively treating scars is affordable and readily available.
How Acne Scars Form
Inflammation from acne will trigger the skin into healing itself, but sometimes the healing process leads to too much collagen in the area. After the inflammation calms, the skin remains reddish for 3 to 4 months. Further irritation from picking will leave a permanent change in pigmentation. The result is a change in consistency and colour, or as others see it, acne scarring.
Reversing the Damage
Luckily much of this can be undone through cosmetic assistance, and one popular treatment is microdermabrasion. It’s a topical treatment that’s also helpful in reducing the appearance of wrinkles and other inconsistencies in the skin. It works through exfoliation, removing discoloured and poorly textured skin cells from the top layers, leaving fresh, health skin cells behind.
There are many exfoliators available to consumers, including over the counter products available at drug stores.
The problem with these products is the uneven application to the skin where a handful of scrubbing agents are meant to exfoliate the entire area of your face. If you were to truly exfoliate your face with these plastic materials, you would have to spend a good portion of your day meticulously treating every square inch of your face.
With these products, you lack the fine control to either go deep enough or prevent yourself from leaving irreparable scratches in your skin. Luckily, due to environmental concerns, products with microscrubbers are gradually being removed from the market so the plastic doesn’t end up in our lakes and rivers.
Microdermabrasion uses fine crystals for greater control over how deeply we penetrate the skin. The finer the crystal, the smoother the polish, which is an idea borrowed from polishing glass.
Using the Diamond Tome Wand, we can achieve an even finish over the entire face. The darkened skin that sits atop the acne scar will be removed from exfoliation, while pits created from the excess collagen will seem less deep as the surround “hills” are flattened from polishing.
Avoid the Sun to Promote Healing
Exposing scars to the sun both darkens wounds and slows the healing process. In general, if you would like to avoid scarring, stay out of the sun for best results. Immediately after the microdermabrasion treatment, you should also refrain from sunbathing. Wearing a hat in the summer will go a long way to making the most out of the exfoliation. Applying sunscreen and simply avoiding outdoor activities for a few days should do the trick.
I am Kelly Brown, a medical student currently working as an intern in McLean Clinic at Ontario. It has been my greatest dream and a wish made over the shooting star to be a doctor someday and I can’t explain my joy as I am getting closer to achieving my goal. I love the way plastic surgery transforms a person into something that he/she has been wishing to be like. I have a long way to go in getting hold of the subject in a more profound context.