They are the telltale signs of a mis-begotten youth when, pimply and acne ridden skin may have been the bane of your life – when in order to get rid of the hideous pustules you squeezed, pressed and tried to speed along your acne – only to end up with acne scars instead:
- Ice Pick Scars are the sort that look like pits in the skin and most commonly found on the cheeks
- Boxcar scars look rather like chicken pox scars
- Rolling scars are caused by tissue damage and look rather like the rolling side of a hill
- HyperHypertrophic scars and keloid scars are reddish bumps
For the most part, the over the counter creams and gels and formulations for treating acne scars will not really be able to help get rid of the acne scars – though they claim to ‘erase’ scars, ‘smoothen’ skin and show you promising before and after pictures, these can often be misleading.
Generally speaking for spots and mild scarring, formulations including Vitamin E and cocoa butter can help to keep the skin healthy, increasing softness, elasticity and evenness of tone. Drinking plenty of water and eating a healthy diet full of natural foods can enhance your skin’s general appearance.
Creams that contain hydrofluoric acid are seen to help with acne scarring, but these formulations should be taken only under medical guidance, since damage can result from these.
If you have the deep and visible scarring from serious acne, then you will likely have to visit a dermatologist to see what solutions are available for your problem.
You need to get the help of a trained and experienced Dermatologist to indentify the type of scarring you have and what the ideal treatment for your kind of scarring will be. Visit more than one dermatologist to see what sort of scars you have, the treatment they suggest, and the time and cost involved.
Ask plenty of questions about what exactly is involved in the treatment –ask to see before and after pictures of people that the doctor has treated before. Pay particular attention to the photos that have your kind of scarring – this will give you an idea about the sort of results you can reasonably expect.
Then, if possible contact the previous patients of the doctor to find out if they were satisfied with the treatment’s efficacy, the doctor’s expertise and the overall cost effectiveness of the treatment.
We look at the procedures, treatments and surgical options available to treat acne scars in part 2 of this post.