Acne Scars: Yes, You Can Get Rid of Them

You Don't Have to Live with Acne Scars: Understand Your Options

It’s one of the most frustrating parts of dealing with acne — even after you get breakouts under control, you may still have to deal with scarring. Maybe you haven’t had severe acne since your teens, but your skin is still pockmarked with reminders of your bad skin days.

We’re here to give your skin a fresh start at A to Z Dermatology of Mesa, Sun City, Casa Grande, Gold Canyon, and Chandler, Arizona. Our team of expert dermatologists is experienced in dealing with acne scarring. Here’s what you need to know about your treatment options for erasing acne scarring for good.

Understanding acne scars

Acne blemishes often involve swelling that causes your skin to break open, and scarring is a potential result.

Not all acne scars look the same. Some scars are atrophic — depressed or indented into your skin. Acne can also result in hypertrophic (raised scars) or pigmentation issues like light or dark spots. Different treatment methods work better on different types of acne scarring.

Treating acne scars

Our A to Z Dermatology team starts your treatment for acne scarring by evaluating your skin and discussing the best methods to give you a clear, fresh skin surface free of reminders of past blemishes. We also consider your skin texture and pigmentation when putting together your unique treatment plan.

Indented scars

Indented scars respond well to microneedling treatment. At A to Z Dermatology, we use the Eclipse MicroPen® Elite tool for microneedling therapy. During this treatment, the fine stainless steel needles in the Eclipse MicroPen Elite’s sterile cartridge stimulate your skin by piercing the top layer only.

The creation of controlled micro-wounds during microneedling treatment stimulates your skin to engage natural healing factors, giving your body a nudge to fill in the indented area of your old acne scar with new, naturally produced collagen and elastin.

Raised scars

Raised acne scars can be addressed with chemical peels. This treatment uses gentle acids to peel away damaged outer layers of your skin, revealing the smooth, even skin beneath. You may need multiple chemical peel treatments to reduce large or significantly raised scars. Injection treatments may also be able to help with scar-related puckering.

Discolored scars

For pale or dark discoloration due to a history of acne issues, try IPL photofacial (intense pulsed light) treatment. In this treatment, controlled pulses of broad-spectrum light stimulate the deep layers of your skin to renew your skin cells and even out your skin’s surface.

As you undergo IPL treatment, your old skin cells gradually shed to reveal fresh, younger-looking skin. Multiple treatment sessions may deliver better results.

To find out more about your options for renewing your skin and reducing or erasing the visibility of scarring and pigmentation problems related to past acne outbreaks, get in touch with our team at A to Z Dermatology today. Schedule your initial consultation appointment online, or call now to book.

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