Acne scarring is a common issue that affects millions of people across the globe regardless of their age, gender, and skin type. This type of scarring occurs following active acne breakouts, particularly in cases where the acne was severe enough to damage the deeper layers of the skin’s structure when cysts formed. Further damage can occur if the acne is not treated quickly and efficiently and also if the acne skin is scratched or picked at. People suffering from long term acne may be susceptible to this due to the effect on their day to day lifestyle and the effect this has on their confidence and life.
Like all scars, acne scarring can present in a number of different forms, with most people usually having more than one type of scarring following breakouts. The four most common types of acne scarring are ice pick scars, rolling acne scars, boxcar scars, and hypertrophic scars.
Professional Acne Scar Removal
Professional acne scar removal is a blanket term for the in-clinic treatment of acne scarring, using a variety of different methods.
Advanced dermabrasion, also known as microdermabrasion, is one of the most popular professional acne scar removal methods. Particularly effective at improving the look of acne scarring for those with fair skin, advanced dermabrasion is a physical method of exfoliation. Using a spray of microcrystals or diamond tip, it gently sloughs away the top layer of skin, which improves the look of scarring and promotes cell renewal.
If you find that your skin is too sensitive to benefit from advanced dermabrasion or are worried that it could trigger further scarring or discolouration – as it can in those with darker skin tones – then you should look into a collagen induction therapy or a professional peel to treat your scarring.
Collagen Induction Therapy, a natural skin rejuvenation treatment where tiny needles penetrate the skin and get the natural skin healing/repair system boosted. The skin responds by forming new tissue and the result is smoother new skin.
While acid or glycolic peels can be used, the best two peeling treatments available today would be the Marine Peel Treatment and the Derma White Treatment – a natural yet high-performance alternative such as this is recommended as it is gentle and effective, making it suitable even for those with sensitive skin. Unlike traditional peels, it is free from harsh ingredients that can irritate your skin, and instead uses powerful natural herbal actives sourced from marine plants and botanicals to significantly improve the look of acne scars.
These professional treatments for acne scar removal; Collagen Induction Therapy and the Derma White Treatment, are also used to effectively treat the post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation that commonly occurs alongside acne and acne scarring.
Treating Acne Scarring at Home
While professional treatments offer the best results for the removal of acne scars, there are a number of things you can do to help acne scarring at home, especially by incorporating certain ingredients into your skincare routine.
Natural ingredients like aloe vera are excellent for treating acne scarring at home, supporting the effects of any professional acne scar removal treatments. Not only is aloe vera soothing and moisturising, but it is also effective at improving the look of scars by reducing redness and inflammation.
Other natural ingredients like honey are ideal home remedies for those suffering from both active breakouts and acne scarring. Honey acts as a humectant and also has antibacterial properties which help to combat active acne while improving the look of scars as they heal.
ZAHEDA Skincare brand incorporates specific natural ingredients that will help calm and balance the skin as soon as you start using them. ZAHEDA Deep Sea Cleanse – face cleanser, ZAHEDA Ocean Tone – face toner, and ZAHEDA Marine Fluid Shine Free– face moisturiser were formulated with acne sufferers in mind and have been proven effective in helping with acne skin issues.
If you are still battling active acne or have a combination of scarring and active outbreaks, prevention should be your main focus as preventing scarring is often far easier than trying to deal with the issue after the fact. For the best way to start prevent acne scarring contact a professional skin clinic for advice and possible treatment. Treatments for acne may include the Intense Pulsed Light treatment combined with the Marine Peel Treatment or Derma White Treatment. The treatments are usually tailor made to your requirements during the consultation after your skin examination.
Wearing SPF daily also goes a long way in preventing the formation of acne scars, particularly the pigmented scarring that often occurs following acne breakouts. While wearing sun protection should be part of your daily routine anyway, as it can help protect against skin cancer and ageing, it’s essential that you apply it if you are using acne treatments.
Certain acne treatments and active ingredients can make your skin more vulnerable to sun damage and applying SPF daily will help to guard against the post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) which often accompanies acne scarring.