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Acne Treatments

Acne Treatments: You Can Win This Losing Battle

Acne is a concern for adults and teenagers alike. At some point in their lives, almost everyone has battled with some form of acne. The two common types of acne are moderate acne and anti-inflammatory acne. Acne scars often disfigures the skin as a result of improper treatment when a person is young.

The acne scars include atrophic depressed scars and hypertrophic raised scars. Treatment depends on the type of acne and how bad the scarring is. Your physician will tell you in detail which treatment option is best. Many types of acne treatments are available today. These include:

Laser skin-resurfacing for superficial scars. Using amplified high-output energy and light, the laser disintegrates the skin’s top layers, allowing new skin to grow.

Chemical peels. In this treatment, strong chemicals peel off the top skin layer, thus smoothing out and evening up skin color. The solution is applied with an applicator around the forehead area and then to the cheek and chin areas.

Microdermabrasion for mild acne scarring. In this procedure, small particles move through a suction tube and gently scrape away the upper skin layer of the acne scars. This gives the skin a chance to heal and rejuvenate.

Augmentation of the soft tissue. In this treatment, fillers are injected into the skin. This works best on acne scarring that is shallow. These fillers can last anywhere from 6 months to two years, depending on the type of filler used in the procedure.

Fat grafting. In this treatment, fat is taken from one area of your body and injected into the acne scars. This treatment produces a more filled-out and even-looking appearance.

Following such procedures, some bruising, tenderness, redness, skin flaking and pain is normal. You’ll be given medications to help you relax and keep you as comfortable as possible afterwards. These treatments are performed under light sedation or a local anesthetic, depending on the area being treated.

After treatment, your face may feel like you’ve been in the sun too long. It may be flaky and red, too. Healing normally starts within one week after treatment, and redness begins to dissipate.

Complications and risks associated with these acne treatments include inflammation, bruising, skin redness, swelling, burning, movement of fillers used in the procedure, and the possibility that a surgical incision may be necessary during the procedure.