Tiny Skin Depressions That May Cause Major DepressioN
It is estimated that 80% of people aged 11-30 will be affected by acne. Even when acne has subsided, permanent acne scars from deeper pimples or picking can remain as painful constant reminders of past bad breakouts. Acne scars, like other forms of scarring (e.g. chickenpox scar), is a result of inflammation in the lower layers of skin which causes collagen to be deformed or depleted, leaving either crater-like pitted scars or bumpy raised scars in some cases.
FEW FACTORS TO CONSIDER
Prevention is better than cure, especially in the case of acne scars. Being the commonest skin disease, acne is often seen as a rite of passage for teenagers undergoing the pubertal hormonal upheaval and is often under-treated. This has left many with permanent acne scars and regret that they carry for life – on their faces. Hence, it is vital to treat active acne early and properly to prevent this unfortunate ‘lifetime sentence’ that can seriously affect self-esteem.
A lot of teenagers who suffer with acne are prescribed medication to clear the spots, but neglect to treat residual acne scars. It is also important to realise that it is best to treat acne scars early when they are still fresh to optimise the skin’s innate healing process. Old matured scars tend to be more stubborn and more difficult to treat later on.
Many adults seek treatment in their late 30s, 40s or beyond as their old acne scars seem to curiously ‘worsen’ over the years, although their pubertal acne has long passed. This is due to skin laxity with aging and stretching out of the old acne scars.
Different types of acne scarring may be present in the same person and different types of scarring respond better to different types of treatment. Therefore, it is common for one person to need a combination of treatments or procedures.
ACNE SCAR TREATMENTS
Acne scars are typically classified as boxscar, ice pick scars and rolling scars. Raised hypertrophic scars and keloid scars can sometimes occur with acne as well. Our highly trained doctor will recommend a tailored treatment to best fit your skin needs and lifestyle.
If you are still battling acne and are seeing fresh acne scars, Clear Reveal and PureLase laser is a dynamic duo that can help to simultaneously clearing active acne, while deeply enhancing skin healing to lighten post-pimple marks and to minimise formation of depressed acne scars.
Currently, laser resurfacing is one of the most efficient methods of improving old scars that have happened as a result of previous acne breakouts, or earlier surgery and other skin injuries. SmartXide Repair is a premium fractional micro-resurfacing CO2 laser, which is considered by the industry as the gold standard for acne scar treatment. By triggering deep skin renewal and dermal collagen remodelling, SmartXide Repair is excellent for treating acne scars, as well as providing an overall skin rejuvenation to transform complexions troubled by stubborn blemishes such as sunspots, wrinkles and enlarged pores into softer, smoother and younger luminous skin.
Youth Dew SkinBooster uses hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally-occurring dermal sugar complex that holds moisture, to lift individual dented scars and ‘remodel’ areas of skin. The skin-identical healing compound is introduced into the scars via microinjections and work synergistically with resurfacing lasers to boost the body’s natural healing processes, whilst helping to lift depressed scars from within.