5 Myths About Acne Scar Removal That You Probably Think Are True

You likely decided to check out this blog because you are looking for ways to deal with acne scarring. We understand just how debilitating scars can be and want to help you achieve the clearer, cleaner skin you’ve always dreamed of. To help you understand more about acne scars and how they can be treated, we’ve compiled a list of five myths that you may believe. By busting these myths, we can show you the best route to an improved complexion.

Myth #1. You Suffer From One Type Of Acne Scar

You may believe that you suffer from one type of acne scarring. If fact, there are actually seven different types of acne scar and they all need to be treated in different ways. The first type that you will be most familiar with is the enlarged pore-type scar but you may not be able to tell the difference between those and raised papule or bump-type scars. Can you tell the difference between a deep and shallow pit? How about a deep and shallow rolling (saucer) scar or box car-type scar? You need a consultation with a specialist to determine exactly what type of scars you have in order to decide upon the correct treatment.

Myth #2. Chemical Peels Are Ineffective Against Acne Scarring

This myth has come about because different chemical solutions vary considerably in their effects. Glycolic acid, for example, gives a mild peel while trichloroacetic acid gives a medium to deep peel. Some patients have reported dissatisfaction with chemical peels in treating their acne scars. This underlines the importance of having a consultation with an expert physician as the peel technique must be matched to both the type of acne scarring and the skin type. When applied correctly, a chemical peel is effective in treating some types of mild acne scarring.

#3. Facial Fillers Are Permanent Solutions To Acne Scarring

A common way to treat acne scars is to use injectable facial fillers. The truth is that only silicone-based fillers are a permanent way to treat sunken scarring. The most commonly prescribed filler these days is Juvederm but this is not silicone-based and isn’t a permanent solution. Sculptra Aesthetic, derived from fruit acids, stimulates collagen production in the skin. This is helpful for people with deeper acne scars but will only last for around two years.

#4. Acne Scar Removal Is One-Off

As discussed above, certain techniques such as non-silicone fillers are temporary while silicone fillers are permanent. In terms of chemical peels, multiple short peels are more effective than one deep procedure. You should expect several treatments over a long-term basis, not one magic-bullet solution that clears your acne scarring. Other procedures such as Microdermabrasion treatments may be required every month for a year or longer depending on the patient’s needs. With most scar removal treatments you should expect a long-term course of action.

#5. Non-Invasive Techniques Are Ineffective

Microdermabrasion is ideal for gentle skin regeneration and refinement of the appearance of rough or thick patches of skin such as acne scarring. It is less invasive than a chemical peel and may stimulate collagen production that helps address deep scarring in some cases. To find the most effective solution for your skin, contact a specialist in acne scar removal in New Jersey for a no-obligation consultation.

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