What’s worse than an acne outbreak? An acne outbreak that leaves behind unpleasant reminders in the form of scars. These unsightly marks are the result of our bodies fighting-off bacteria that can sometimes collect inside clogged pores and hair follicles. White blood cells enter the site and begin releasing antibodies to target and kill unwanted bacteria. The bacteria will usually be removed, but there’s a fair chance the surrounding skin will get caught in the crossfire. The resulting destruction of the dermis and ensuing inflammation takes the form of a mark in the skin. Anyone can get acne scars, but they happen most frequently in people with a history of developing scars in general or those with weakened immune systems.
Types of Acne Scars
Depending on what kind of damage the skin experiences and how the body recovers, different forms of scars will develop.
•Macular: A flat scar with noticeable increased or decreased pigment levels.
•Boxcar: If viewed from above, these look round and resemble chickenpox scars.
•Rolling: These come from when the skin gets ‘tied’ to underlying tissue during the acne healing process. It looks like an undulation or a wave.
•Deep pit: If enough of the subcutaneous tissue is lost, a sharp and deep indent occurs.
•Ice-pick: Small holes, as if the namesake tool was applied.
•Hypertophic: Raised and heavily pigmented.
•Keloid: Raised and thick, sometimes inflamed red or purple.
Treating Acne Scars
Numerous methods for getting rid of acne scars can be found in Toronto. The traditional method was using dermabrasion to “sand off” the affect layers of skin. This was about as pleasant as it sounded, which is why anesthesia and a long recovery period were needed. Fortunately, more advanced techniques with fewer side effects were developed. Nowadays, lasers are used.
Laser acne scar treatments are several steps above the older acne scar removal methods. They are able to create dramatic reductions in scarring, are pain-free, and have almost no recovery time. The technology is advanced, but the underlying principle is simple. Dual-action lasers deliver precise, calculated applications of heat and light to the skin. This triggers the body’s healing process and results in cell regeneration, reduced inflammation, and the promotion of new skin growth.
Anti Aging Toronto Clinic prides itself on being pioneers in the latest clinical methods and technology for treating many forms of skin ailments. Our Spectra Peel dual-action laser is just one tool in our arsenal dedicated to helping you get the clear, beautiful skin you deserve. Click here for more information about our acne scar treatments, or contact us to arrange an appointment or ask any questions. Our skin care specialists will be more than happy to answer any queries or offer you a tour of our Toronto facilities.