Acne Scars and Acne Treatment
Chances are even if you don’t suffer from acne now, you probably have it in the past. It’s safe to say we’ve all been there: religiously using pills, pads, scrubs, masks, creams, gels and the like-without a sense of relief that they are actually working to clear our skin.
Inflammation, hormones, stress, diet and neglecting your normal skin-care routine are just a few factors that contribute to breakouts. But it’s not the cause that’s important—it’s the solution.
Popular light-based acne treatments (OmniLux LED LIghtandBroadBand Light) harness the power of light to safely and painlessly treat inflammatory acne without harmful side effects.
HydraFacial is a powerhouse treatment for clogged pores and oily skin, leaving acne sufferers with a complexion that is more vibrant, smooth and clear.
One of the most frustrating skin-care issues to resolve is acne scars. To even out the texture of scarred skin, our skin care provider may suggest ablative or non-ablative laser treatments, depending on the extent of your acne scars. Skin resurfacing using ScitonLaser Peel / Resurfacing or Sciton Fractional Skin Resurfacing is highly recommended. The wound-healing process generate new collagen, plumping the skin and correcting skin imperfections.
The DermaPen is being used more and more for acne scars treatment as an alternative to more aggressive cosmetic procedures, as it helps to reduce scars and uneven skin tone.
Along with improving texture with lasers, we may also suggest a dermal filler, like Restylane or Juvederm to fill the pitted areas and also restore some youthful volume to your cheeks.
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Make an appointment to see our skin care provider if your acne makes you shy or embarrassed, the products you’ve tried haven’t worked, or your acne is leaving scars or darkening your skin. Today, virtually every case of acne can be successfully treated in Revitta: 212-535-1201 / 718-743-5616 or click here to contact us
Acne is a disorder resulting from the action of hormones and other substances on the skin’s oil glands, sebaceous glands and hair follicles. Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) are the bacterium that causes acne. Severe acne can lead to permanent scarring
Popular light-based acne treatments (OmniLux LED LIght and BroadBand Light) harness the power of blue light to safely and painlessly treat inflammatory acne without harmful side effects. The wavelength associated with blue light is able to zero in on the P. acnes bacteria and kill them without affecting other parts of the skin. It creates heat that causes the bacteria to produce “suicide” proteins, so they essentially self-destruct. Red light may be used in conjunction with blue-light therapy to help treat the inflammation associated with acne. Typically, eight sessions are given over a four-week period, and each session lasts about 15 minutes. You’ll see results within this time, and you may even see improvement as early as two weeks in. Sciton BroadBand Light (BBL) allows controlled heating of the skin. With treatment, the procedure will lead to collagen remodeling, and treating over-acting sebaceous glands that result in the reduction of acne and improve acne scarring.
The popular HydraFacial, loved by many for its anti-aging benefits. It is a powerhouse for banishing blemishes for good! It is the only facial treatment to hydrate the skin, smooth lines, improve blemishes, and treat clogged pores, oily skin, hyperpigmentation, and unsightly brown spots. It also results in patients looking younger and more vibrant with clearer and more youthful looking skin, making it a must have for anyone worried about acne or aging taking a toll on their appearance. HydraFacial is the newest breakthrough in skin care technology. The HydraFacial is a powerhouse treatment for clogged pores and oily skin, leaving acne sufferers with a complexion that is more vibrant, smooth and clear. Best of all, HydraFacial is appropriate for most skin colors and types, including thin or aging skin, or dry or oily skin. It’s also suitable for ethnic skin, and even for people with extra sensitive skin.
One of the most frustrating skin-care issues to resolve is acne scars. These indentations occur typically after the skin has been inflamed by a series of pimples in the same area. During the healing process, the collagen that is produced is highly concentrated in one area causing scar tissue to form. And unfortunately, people who suffer from nodule or cystic pimples are more likely to develop acne scars later on.
While some of the scars may fade as the body replaces scar tissue with normal tissue, as with any other scar, but acne scars are particularly stubborn. However, there are some strategies to combat them. To even out the texture of scarred skin, our skin care provider may suggest or ablative or non-ablative laser treatments, depending on the extent of your scars. Severe acne can often leave its mark for years in the form of red, purplish or atrophic scars (commonly referred to as depressed or “ice pick” scars or pockmarks). Luckily, a series of fractional resurfacing treatments like Sciton Fractional Skin Resurfacing can remove this damaged tissue and produce fresh, healthy skin. Skin resurfacing using Sciton Laser Peel / Resurfacing and Sciton Fractional Skin Resurfacing is highly recommended. The wound-healing process generate new collagen, plumping the skin and correcting skin imperfections. FDA-approved for treating both acne and surgical scars, it works by using microscopic laser light to target specific areas below the skin’s surface. The laser stimulates a natural healing process below the skin, jump-starting collagen production and allowing new skin to emerge. Several sessions may be required to address the entire surface of the skin. Post-procedure, redness and swelling may occur for a couple days.
DermaPen excels when used as a treatment for acne scars. As the DermaPen glides over your skin, it creates micro-point punctures in the skin. This is perceived by the body as a damage, which stimulates the release of growth factors that trigger the production of collagen and elastin. Your skin reacts to any injury by initiating the healing process. You encourage your skin to continue healing through this micro-needling process.
Your skin normally assumes that scars are repaired, but with the DermaPen micro-needling treatments, the skin is tricked into repairing itself. The process of skin remodeling can go on for months after each DermaPen treatment. Results can be seen within a week or even a few days.
The concept of micro-needling is based on the skin’s ability to repair itself whenever it encounters physical damage such as cuts, burns or abrasions. Immediately after an injury occurs our skin dissolves old damaged tissue and replaces it with a new one. DermaPen allows for controlled induction of the skin’s self repair mechanism by creating micro “injuries” in the skin which triggers new collagen synthesis, yet does not pose the risk of permanent scarring. The result is smoother, scar free and younger looking skin.
Put some volume in it. Along with improving texture with lasers, your skin care provider may also suggest a dermal filler, like Restylane or Juvederm to fill the pitted areas and also restore some youthful volume to your cheeks.
Also, follow these simple steps from Revitta to start your way to clear complexion.
1. Wash twice a day and after sweating. Perspiration, especially when wearing a hat or helmet, can make acne worse, so wash your skin as soon as possible after sweating.
2. Use your fingertips to apply a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser. Using a washcloth, mesh sponge or anything else can irritate the skin. Do not use skin care products that irritate the skin, which may include astringents, toners, and exfoliants. Dry, red skin makes acne appear worse. It’s very common for patients with acne to scrub their skin and to use harsh products, yet doing so often makes acne worse. In order for acne to improve, you must be gentle when touching your skin and use gentle products, such as those that are alcohol-free.
3. Rinse with lukewarm water.
4. Shampoo regularly. If you have oily hair, shampoo daily.
5. Let your skin heal naturally. If you pick, pop or squeeze your acne, your skin will take longer to clear and you increase your risk of getting acne scars.
6. Keep your hands off your face. Touching your skin throughout the day can cause flare-ups.
7. Stay out of the sun and tanning beds. Tanning damages your skin. In addition, some acne medications make the skin very sensitive to ultraviolet (UV) light, which you get from both the sun and indoor tanning devices. It also increases your risk of melanoma.
Commonly Asked Questions
Can laser resurfacing treat my acne?
No, laser facial resurfacing can’t be used to treat active acne. It can be used to reduce shallow acne scars and improve deep acne scars.
Will laser facial resurfacing hurt?
You will be given an anesthetic to stop you feeling pain during the procedure. This may be a local or general anaesthetic, depending on a number of things including the size of the area of skin that you’re having treated and the type of laser being used.
What is the difference between ablative and non-ablative laser resurfacing?
Ablative techniques destroy the top layer of your skin (epidermis), whereas non-ablative techniques don’t destroy your epidermis. Ablative laser resurfacing techniques destroy the top layer of your skin to expose the lower layers and encourage new growth. Non-ablative techniques encourage new growth without removing the top layer of your skin. A newer type of laser facial resurfacing is fractional resurfacing. In this procedure, the laser is used on certain parts of the treatment area only, rather than all of it and you have the treatment over several sessions. Non-ablative techniques have a lower risk of side-effects and faster recovery time.
If you have any questions about Acne and Acne scars treatment feel free to call Revitta to schedule your appointment or for more information: 212-535-1201 / 718-743-5616 or click here to contact us.