One day you are relieved that your acne is all gone, yet another day you realize that the scars on your face are screaming for attention. And then your search on how to get rid of acne scars begins.
We know how you feel, we’ve been there. But just like us, you, too, can get away from that place and ultimately say goodbye to your stubborn acne scars. Below are some tested and proven ways that you can try for yourself:
Know What Type of Acne Scar You Have
Contrary to common belief, there aren’t just one but rather four types of acne scars. Once you know what type of scar you are dealing with, it is easier for you to choose the most effective treatment on getting rid of such scars.
- Ice pick scars are narrow, pinpoint scars that can go deep into the skin. They look like tiny round or oval holes. By its name alone, the area with ice pick scars looks like it has been pierced with an ice pick or a sharp instrument. These scars are the hardest to treat since they extend deeply under the surface of the skin.
Treatment: These types of scars won’t go away with over-the-counter or prescription topical ointments or creams. The best treatment options for ice pick scars are punch excision and punch grafting. Both procedures are performed by a dermatologist with the use of local anesthesia just to numb the affected areas.
Punch excision and punch grafting both leave some scars after the treatment, but the resulting scars are flat and level with the surrounding skin so they are not that obvious.
- Rolling scars cause a shallow rolling or wave-like depression with rounded edges. The skin looks rugged and uneven.
Treatment: Subcision is the best treatment option for rolling scars. This simple surgical procedure is also done under local anesthesia as an out-patient. Once the area is numbed, a hypodermic needle is inserted under the skin, breaking down the connective tissues holding the scar to the undamaged skin below. The procedure encourages the skin to regenerate and promote the growth of new collagen, which will lift the depressed areas causing the scars.
- Boxcar scars are round or oval depressions with sharp, angular edges. These scars give the skin an uneven and pitted appearance.
Treatment: These types of scars can be treated with punch excision and punch elevation, but the most common treatment for boxcar scars is dermal filler.
- Hypertrophic scars are raised, firm scars that are most often found on the torso.
Treatment: There are several treatments available for hypertrophic scars. The best treatment for you will depend on your situation but can include silicone gels, cryotherapy, steroid creams, tapes, pulsed dye laser treatments, or injections to aid in shrinking and flattening the scars. Utmost care is important while treating the scars to prevent in aggravating the skin which can worsen the scars.
Schedule an appointment with your dermatologist if you are still unsure about the type of your acne scars.