In life, skin goes through many battles fighting off acne, and the carnage left is unsettling. When we get older our acne scars tend to become more noticeable because our skin loses collagen. The million dollar question? Can you get rid of acne scars? YES, luckily there are treatments available now to break down scar tissue and restore our collagen.
The key to an effective treatment is to understand how acne scars develop. Acne scars are usually the result of inflamed blemishes caused by skin pores engorged with excess oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria. The pore swells, causing a break in the follicle wall.
The different types of acne scars
There are two main types of acne scars:
Hypertrophic or keloid scarring – These scars are caused when the body produces too much collagen as acne wounds heal, resulting in a mass of raised tissue on the skin’s surface.
Atrophic or depressed scarring – These scars develop when there is a loss of tissue. There are two common types of atrophic scarring. “Icepick scars” are usually small, yet obvious holes in the skin. “Boxcar scars” are depressed areas, usually round or oval in shape with steeply angled sides, similar to chickenpox scars. “Rolling scars” are wave-like undulations across the otherwise normal-looking skin.
Treating acne scars
How do you treat acne scars? Can you really reverse the hands of time?
As modern technology advances, there has become several effective methods of treating different forms of acne scars. The most popular treatments available today are Laser (CO2 or Fraxel), Dermabrasion & Punch Excision. These effective methods have shown great success with many people.
Needling acne scars
The thing about these fancy lasers and plastic surgeries is the price tag. I’m not trying to discredit the treatments in no way shape or form, but simply the average working American with a family just can’t afford it.
The idea of being stuck with your scars forever is rather discouraging, so I decided to do more research led to derma rolling. What is derma rolling? I asked myself the same question so I did, even more, research and read medical journals and personal reviews, the information holds up. I was a bit skeptical about believing that something I could do myself at home is equivalent to a fancy laser. Believe it or not, the concept of derma rolling is no different than these $3000 laser treatments! Now that I’ve been rolling for 10+ years I can tell you from my experience that it does work and I’ve received phenomenal results!