Dr. Steve Jepson with The Spa at the Utah Dermatologic & Medical Procedures Clinic explains how to smooth away acne scars.
One of the biggest frustrations for many acne sufferers, is that once they finally get their acne cleared, they then have to cope with the acne scars that are left behind. For many people, these scars can be severe and cause a damaging blow to self-esteem
I always say that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and acne scars can be prevented in many by following these suggestions:
1. Get your acne under control.
Seems obvious and is certainly easier said than done, but very possible. We can help you at my office. And adult women take note: if you are still suffering from acne, it is likely hormonal and can be fixed by balancing your hormones
2. Do not pick at your lesions.
You may think that you are helping them clear faster, but in reality you are increasing the likelihood of a scar.
3. Use the Zeno Device.
Devices like Zeno can help stop the deep pimples from forming if used just as the zit is starting to form. Zeno can be purchased at Walgreens and most department stores.
4. Avoid cortisone injections.
A lot of doctors will offer to inject your big zits with cortisone to help them clear faster. Don’t do it. Cortisone will clear the zit, but will increase the likelihood that a scar will form in its place.
But once the scars have formed, what can you do to smooth your skin again?
First of all, I tell my patients that acne scars represent significant damage to the underlying skin structure and it is nearly impossible to restore your skin back to its preteen smoothness. You have to set your expectations realistically. Your scars can look better, but it is unlikely they will ever go completely away.
Second, because this skin damage occurs deep in the skin, superficial skin treatments do not help very much. These include microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and at-home exfoliating treatments.
Third, dermal fillers such as Juvederm or Restylane can be injected underneath scars to help “fill them in”. The effect of these fillers will last about 6 months. I generally only recommend this approach for patients that only have a few scattered deep scars.
Fourth, laser offers the best long-term improvement in the appearance of your scars. I now use a laser called Deep FX to treat acne scars. I believe that this is currently the best laser available for treating scars. This treatment uses laser energy to stimulate new collagen production underneath the scar. As this new collagen grows, the scar fills in from underneath and the skin surrounding the scar tightens (which also helps diminish the depth of the scar). The resultant improvement is permanent.
The Spa at the Utah Dermatologic & Medical Procedures Clinic is currently offering special pricing on Deep FX treatments for Studio 5 viewers – 20% off through May. If you are bothered by your acne scars, please feel free to schedule a complimentary consultation and allow Dr. Steve Jepson and staff to help guide you through your treatment options.
Dr. Steven Jepson, M.D.
The Spa at the Utah Dermatologic & Medical Procedures Clinic