3 Essential Treatments for Acne Scars

3 Essential Treatments for Acne Scars

Acne might have been your worst nightmare in your younger years. Though you probably don’t get breakouts much anymore, you may have acne scars to remind you. Roughly 80% of people between the ages of 11-30 get acne, but another 20% are left with acne scars. 

Do your acne scars make you feel insecure? If yes, know we can help improve the skin and lessen its appearance through treatments like microneedling and more. Shantique Med Spa, located in Torrance, California, provides three essential treatments for acne scars that can help smooth and improve your skin.  

How do acne scars form?

A pimple is a small, inflamed bump that is often a symptom of acne. Pimples are caused by clogged pores from a buildup of oil, dead skin, and bacteria, which grows and leads to inflammation. Acne is most common on the face, neck, chest, shoulders, and back.

Acne scars are the result of inflammation from acne blemishes. Though some scars are shallow and heal quickly, others may remain permanent. Acne generally causes two kinds of scars: indented or raised.

Indented acne scars have a crater-like appearance. Your body ramps up collagen production to repair the inflamed skin from acne, and indented scarring can occur if it doesn’t create enough collagen. On the other hand, raised scars happen when your body makes too much collagen.

1. Microneedling 

Microneedling is a minimally invasive treatment that can lessen the appearance of acne scars while providing miraculous anti-aging benefits. As the name suggests, the treatment involves administering microscopic needles (.5-1 millimeter in length) across your skin to trigger the skin’s natural healing process for smoother, more youthful skin.

Your body improves its collagen and elastin production – proteins that are vital to skin structure and elasticity – to help aid in the healing of your skin. The effects of microneedling not only improve the top layer of skin, but also the second layer beneath. 

It’s important to note that even though you’ll likely see an improvement after one session, you might need a series of treatments to get the results you’re seeking. We suggest undergoing three to four sessions for mild-to-moderate acne scars and five to six sessions for severe scarring.

2. Chemical peel

Chemical peels are a miraculous way to improve the look and feel of your skin. When you come in for your treatment, your skin technician applies an acid-based solution to your face to remove the damaged, old layers of skin. Over the next few weeks, your skin peels and reveals new, smoother skin beneath. 

The benefits of chemical peels for acne scars include:

You’ll love the glowing nature of your skin after even one chemical peel. To improve your acne scars to the greatest degree, we suggest undergoing three to six chemical peels.

3. Halo laser resurfacing

The Halo laser is a transformative system that combines ablative and non-ablative lasers to revamp your skin's overall texture. The ablative wavelengths target the outer layer of your skin by removing damaged skin cells and encouraging exfoliation. Non-ablative wavelengths penetrate deeper into your skin, stimulating collagen and elastin, to improve skin texture and fill in depressed acne scars.

Although the Halo laser provides beautiful results, those results aren’t immediate. It may take about a week for the redness and swelling to reside and about a month before new skin cells are fully regenerated. Unlike other laser treatments, the Halo laser only requires one to two treatments with results that last for years.

Everyone’s skin is different. Get the best treatment to reduce your acne scars today by coming in for a consultation. Call 310-530-7244 to schedule a consultation, or book online.

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