Certain skin conditions, such as acne and pimples, injuries from accidents, surgery or medical conditions such as chickenpox or measles can cause scarring on the skin. There are different types of acne scars, ranging from mild to severe but it's the scars that sit on the surface of the skin can affect our self-esteem, especially when they are in a place that's visible to others.
Prevention is always better than a cure, so to help keep the skin healthy and glowing:
- Drink plenty of water. Many recommend drinking eight glasses of water a day.
- Always wear sun screen. The sun rays are powerful and the skin can dry out without proper protection.
- Wash your face twice a day.
- Don't over exfoliate your skin. Twice a week is plenty.
Most of us, will at some time in our life suffer from spots, and for many of us it's just a part of life due to; puberty, hormones, stress or diet, and thankfully for most of us these acne outbreaks disappear as we grow older. Acne occurs in both sexes and usually begins at puberty and tends to be worse in those with oily skin. Scarring can result from untreated acne, or any condition that causes a rash, such as chickenpox, where it's likely you will scratch or pick at the affected areas.
There are various types of acne scars:
- Atrophic scars - they form a depression or sunken area. These scars are caused by acne, chickenpox, surgery and accidents.
- Boxcar scars - these scars have steep, defined edges and resemble chicken pox scars.
- Ice pick scars - are deep pits that are usually less than 2mm across, giving the skin an appearance of having been punctured.
- Rolling scars - they can either be broad depressions or shallow indention in the skin, and they have rounded, sloping edges.
- Hypertrophic scars - these are raised and lumpy, tending to appear on the back and chest, but can also appear on the neck and face. They may decrease in size over time.
Powerful fractional laser technology reduces the look of scars without harming surrounding skin. The gentle lasers reach deep down to the collagen level of the skin, and the precise therapeutic laser energy stimulates the production of collagen and elastin fibres. This dramatically improves the appearance of acne scars.
Scarring is a natural part of the healing process and certain cosmetic procedures, used on their own or combined, can even out the skin's surface.
- Acne Scar Laser Treatment
- Medical Microdermabrasion
- Skin Resurfacing/Skin Needling
- SmartXide Co2 Fractional Laser
- Chemical Skin Peel