Scars are often a blatant proof that you had acne at some point in your life. Keloid scars on the other hand can serve as the perfect reminder that you had sustained severe cut after an accident. This article will highlight some of the options available to remove acne and keloid scars and get your beautiful, smooth skin back again.
Acne Scar Removal – Acne Scars Removal
Acne scars are generally painless but most people may find them cosmetically unpleasant. Acne scars fall in the category of atrophic types of scars and are usually notable for a sunken appearance.
Acne scars often result from deep acne and the likelihood of their formation increase when someone suffers from repetitive bouts of acne in the same area or if you are into the habit of picking at your acne.
The options available for acne scar removal range from filler (or collagen) injections to raised the scars to the level of the surrounding skin, to laser skin resurfacing, microdermabrasion, steroid injections, and in some severe cases, surgery, not to forget acne scar removal creams.
Talk to your dermatologist or GP about the most suitable acne scar removal option for your specific condition.
Laser Acne Scar Removal
I am perplexed every time I read about a new use for laser light and can’t help to think that laser light has got to be one of the timeliest inventions of the last century. One of the contemporary uses of laser is scar removal. Yes, those acne scars that have plagued you for as long as you care to remember can be helped by laser light.
Laser acne scar removal involves removing the top layer of the skin to trigger the growth of a new, healthy skin in the beneath layers. There are new laser lights that target the deeper layers of the skin without removing the top layer. Talk to your GP about the prospect of using laser scar treatment to alleviate your acne scars.
Keloid Scar Removal
As we have already mentioned elsewhere, keloid scars are notable for their growth beyond the original boundaries of the wound. They are normally raised and their color range from red to pink.
Keloid scars result when the body continues to accumulate collagen in the scarring site even after the scar has healed. Darker-skinned people and ethnicities, especially African-American and Africans, are at higher risk of developing keloid and keloid scars that their lighter skinned counterparts.
Keloid scar removal options range from cryotherapy (freezing) to steroid injections, radiotherapy and surgical removal. The downside to surgery is that there is always the risk that a new, even more prominent scar may grow in the place of the one that was just eliminated.
For this reason, when surgery is used for keloid scar removal, it is usually accompanied by other treatment options such as radiation therapy or steroid injections.
Pimple Scar Removal
Pimple scars look like pock marks and are not the ideal mark of beauty for most people. Pimple scar removal options range from cortisone creams to laser treatment and filler injections.
No matter the pimple scar removal option chosen, it is important to avoid worsening your condition by exposing the skin to excessive sunlight (consider using a sunscreen with SPF 30 or more) and picking at your pimples.
Scar Removal Cream
Scar Removal Creams have their special place when it comes to reducing and improving the appearance of scars. Silicone is widely recognized for its benefits to the skin and a notable number of creams on the market feature silicone as the main ingredient.
Others such as Mederma feature onion extract as the main ingredient. Onion extract has been shown to have both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties as reported in a study published in the journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.
Good over-the-counter scar removal creams such as Mederma, Kelo-cote, Revitol, Dermefface, ScarGuard and Selevax to name but a few will give significant improvement to scars caused by surgery, burn or injury.
You may however want to talk to your dermatologist before using scar removal creams for advice about which scar removal cream will work best for your specific case.
Scar Removal Surgery
Surgery is one option that is often used to reduce the size and prominence of scars on the body. You will however want to keep the following facts about scar removal surgery in mind when weighing your options:
- Scar revision surgery can not eliminate a scar completely. Instead it will help to enhance the size and shape of the scar and to make it less noticeable.
- Your health insurance policy may not cover the cost for aesthetic-driven (rather than medically important) scar removal surgery and treatment of any arising complications. Some surgeons may however offer a flexible payment plan or have financing plans arranged with financial institutions.
- Scar surgery cost varies from one surgeon to the other depending on his/her experience and geographic location. It is up to you to do your due diligence. You should however not compromise quality service for low costs.
Acne Scar Removal Cream
There are numerous creams that have been shown to offer significant improvement of mild to moderate acne scars. Some are sold over-the-counter while others are available on prescriptions.
Most creams work by exfoliating the scarred skin to trigger growth of new, healthy skin. Some also improve the tone of the scarring site to make it more consistent with the surrounding skin.
You will however want to keep in mind that not all creams are created equally and it is up to you to check out the ingredients included in any given acne scar removal cream. It is also a great idea to test the cream on a small portion of your skin first to see if your skin is sensitive to any of the ingredients in the cream.
Looking for online reviews can also help to point you in the right direction when choosing an acne scar removal cream.