First comes the acne and then the resulting scars. It can seem like you’ll never catch a break. You might be wondering if you will be stuck with those scars forever. If you do much reading online, you can find some home remedies and some personal experience stories that tell you conflicting answers to your question of if you can get rid of the acne scars. So, what’s the answer?
Do They Go Away on Their Own?
First, let’s talk about just letting your body heal naturally. That is often an option for many medical problems and many skin problems, but for scars, that’s not usually the way to go. If you want to be rid of scars, you should not just let them heal on their own. That will leave you with lifelong scar tissue that doesn’t look very attractive. Those scars can be a hindrance to your self-confidence, just like the acne was.
While acne scars may look better over time, healing somewhat and losing their visibility, they won’t ever fully disappear on their own. Scars are like that, and without some sort of medical intervention, you will be stuck with them for life.
That’s the bad news. Let’s talk about the good news now.
Multiple Treatment Options
You have more than one option for treating your scar tissue, depending on which specialist you use, what your scarring is like and what your preference or budget might be.
Here are a few of the most common options for acne scar treatment:
- Dermabrasion- Through the use of a diamond brush, the outer layer of skin containing the scar tissue is worn down. The old skin is replaced with a new, fresh layer that doesn’t have the old scar tissue. Your skin can take weeks to fully heal from this procedure.
- Laser Resurfacing- This may sound intense, but it can be done in a doctor’s office. It’s not invasive at all, and this treatment gets rid of the outer layer of skin that is scarred and promotes healing. In a few days, your skin should be completely healed from the procedure.
- Fractional Laser Therapy- This kind of treatment will give you a look of being sunburned for a few days, and the healing time is very short. It works deep under the skin to provide powerful, effective results.
Will the Treatment Work?
We have told you about the treatment methods that can be used, but how effective are they? Will they really get rid of scar tissue and give you new looking skin that has no scar tissue on it?
The answer is not cut and dry like you might prefer. The answer really depends on a few different factors, like how soon after the scars formed that you sought treatment and how experienced and well-trained the doctor is who is removing the scars for you.
Treatment can definitely lighten the scars and make them less apparent. The new layer of skin that forms over the old skin can be practically scar free, even if you are seeking treatment well after the scars started to appear.
However, if you want to be sure the scars are completely removed and never come back, you need to seek treatment as soon as you can. The sooner the better, as you have a better chance of being scar free.
Not every kind of acne causes scarring. Usually, it is the more severe forms of acne that lead to scars, such as the nodules. Don’t worry about scarring until is shows up, but then you need to do something about it. If you have some questions that need to be answered about acne scarring, you should talk to an expert like Dr. Isaac Wong and find out what your choices are.
Treatment can help you whether you have had the scars for a long time or you just noticed them. Consider treatment options to ensure that you don’t have highly pronounced, highly visible scars on your face or other areas for the rest of your life. Even if the scars don’t seem too awful now, you might wish you had them removed later on when they are more difficult to treat.