Scars from acne can become disfiguring both emotionally and physically. There are however, many ways of improving scars once they form and the prompt treatment of acne can reduce or prevent scarring.


How do we treat acne?

We now have many ways of treating and controlling acne. These range from non-prescription products like our acclenz range™, successfully used in all skin types including sensitive. In severe cases these products are successfully combined with prescription products.

Acne is frequent in adult women in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s and beyond because of stress, diet, hormones, oral contraceptives and some medicines. We have many ways to control acne from hormone reducing medicines to lasers, red & blue light plus topical products like acclenz™.

How does acne result in scars?

The acne inflammation releases damaging inflammatory cells and chemicals called cytokines that injure the collagen forming cells in the skin and the supportive fat under the skin. This leads to hollow, disfiguring scars because the fat and collagen reduces the hollow scars.

We now have many ways of treating these scars by single or combination treatments, including injectable fillers for collagen stimulation for larger hollow scars. Fractional radiofrequency and lasers can tighten, refine and smooth skin surface over and around the scars.

For multiple smaller scars, the use of platelet rich plasma injection is combined with fractional radiofrequency is extremely helpful. The other type of scar that can occur with acne is thickened keloid scars. We now know these often are in patients genetically predisposed to keloid scars. The inflammation stimulates increased collagen production leading to thickened scars.

For thickened scars, by injections of medicines to reduce scar cell activity, then discoloration can be treated with appropriate laser.

In summary, scars can cause psychological and physical disability, but there are now numerous new treatment options to improve their scars.