If you have pits or divots in the facial skin left behind after treating acne, then you have what is known as ace scarring. Acne scars are essentially damaged skin that has not healed. Dr. Linda J. Banta of Stone Oak Dermatology in San Antonio, TX can educate patients on the cause of acne scarring and how to effectively treat it with the help of a professional.
How do acne scars form?
Acne scars form when the skin is damaged by pimples. The damage can be from the infection, from the squeezing of a pimple, or from picking at a pimple. Picking at a pimple can cause more inflammation and make the acne scar worse. Scars also can form if you have a bad case of acne and the skin has to heal itself. Scarring happens when the deep layers of skin are injured. This layer of skin is called the dermis. The dermis contains collagen, which gives the skin its strength and elasticity. When the dermis is injured, it can’t produce new collagen as quickly as the old collagen breaks down. This leaves an area with less collagen, which makes the skin weaker and less elastic. This can lead to a scar.
How do you treat acne scars?
There are many ways to treat acne scars. Some people need only one treatment, while others may need a combination of treatments. The most common treatments are:
- Laser therapy: Laser therapy removes the top layer of skin and help new collagen form.
- Dermabrasion: This treatment removes the top layer of skin with a rotating brush or diamond drill bit.
- Chemical peels: These use acids to peel away the top layer of skin.
- Microdermabrasion: This uses a device to blow tiny crystals onto the skin, which remove the top layer of skin.
- Acne medications: These include over-the-counter and prescription medications.
- Surgery: This is used for deep scars, and is often a last resort treatment. The surgeon cuts out the scar and stitches the skin together.
Which treatment is best for you?
The best treatment for acne scars depends on the type of scars you have. If you have only a few scars, your doctor may recommend an over-the-counter medication or a laser therapy. A conversation with the team at Stone Oak Dermatology of San Antonio, TX can help you make the right decision for your needs. Contact Dr. Linda J. Banta to request an appointment at (210) 494-0504.