Every one of us has gone through acne and breakouts once in a while and we often get unsolicited advice from strangers or unknown people not to pick on them. Admittedly, we are tempted to touch our face and squeeze them even though we know we are not supposed to as doing so would cause acne scarring.
Alright, so you’ve just battled your acne scars, with the expectation of having a completely normal skin again when suddenly, you’re left with a realization that your skin has indents, discolorations, lumps and bumps. It’s not just that left over acne beneath the surface of your skin you’ve been waiting for to disappear. You know within yourself that you didn’t pick your skin, took good care of those spots and didn’t use up too many harsh skin care products. So what’s the matter now?
If you’re worrying about treating your acne scars when you’re far away from home, there are a lot of office acne scar procedures available out there, only that they range in severity and price. From laser treatments to medical spa microdermabrasion or cosmetic fillers, treating acne scars can be a lot more tricky and difficult.
Not all scarring is created equal. It takes a lot of patience to heal your acne scars. There are some scars or skin which will take about a year to fully recover and there are some that takes only few weeks or months.
Treating older acne scars with DIY recipes and OTC products is harder that you may find yourself going through extremes just to fully heal your acne scars and get back that young looking and glowing skin. Be patient in tackling acne scars before looking for the best treatments for your acne. Whenever you’re prone to inflammatory acne and scarring, it is crucial to reduce any active acne in order for you to limit continued scarring. You might want to check out this blog about acne causing foods or about the top essential oils for acne should you feel like you’re still struggling with persistent acne.
Suffering from whiteheads and blackheads? Then your acne most likely will not leave any scarring behind. However, the more aggressive and deep forms of acne are those types that cause disturbances in the collagen fibers of your skin. Common types of severe acne forming deep beneath your skin’s surface are pustules, nodules and cysts which leave behind acne scars.
When these pores fill up with pus and bacteria, they swell up and become an unmanageable size, coming to the surface of our skin as inflamed lesion. A deep break occurs in the follicle wall as there is not enough room beneath the surface of our skin. There’s a tendency that we can physically feel a cystic spot beginning to scar through an itching or burning sensation.
Never even think of popping and prying your pimples as it is not a good idea and that it can increase chances of scarring. Just because you didn’t pop it does not necessarily mean that your acne won’t leave you any scars. Nodules, pustules and cysts form deep beneath the surface of your skin, causing acne scarring to still possibly occur, regardless of whether you popped them or not. Just let those pimples be! Most acne pimples go away quickly for 1-2 weeks just as long as you don’t touch them.
It’s also important to determine the type of scarring you have for you to determine what acne scarring treatment works best for you.
Acne scarring can be divided into two main categories: atrophic and hypertrophic. Atrophic scars are indented types of acne scars that heal below the normal layer of skin tissue. These scars are often the result of severe acne or chickenpox or even having a mole removed. Ice pick scars, boxcar scars and rolling scars fall under this category of acne scarring.
Hypertrophic scars, on the other hand, are also known as raised scars. They look thicker than a normal scar and don’t go past the wound that caused it. This type of scar can be itchy and painful and they are commonly found on our chest, back and shoulders.
Icepick scars are those which are deep and narrow, sometimes resembling the appearance of an open pore, and can also be large. The skin looks as if it were pricked by an ice pick or by another sharp object, thus the name Ice pick scar.
Ice pick scars from when a cyst or another inflamed spot makes its way to the surface; the skin tissue is destroyed leaving behind a long, deep scar.
Rolling scars are often trademarked by soft, smooth edges and have wide and shallow indentations. They are also round in appearance. These types of scars tend to occur in skin that had long term inflammatory acne and may become more visible as you get older and lose elasticity.
Rolling scars can be treated with derma fillers, a kind of treatment which is approved for correcting certain kinds of moderate to severe facial acne scars in patients over age 21.
Boxcar scars are shallow types of scars characterized by sharp edges instead of round ones. This type of acne scar comes from the same type of inflammatory acne as rolling scars, looking like you’ve pressed a fingernail to your skin. Boxcar scars are best treated with laser resurfacing (non-ablative, fractionated resurfacing or microneedling and deep chemical peels or microdermabrasion).
Keloid scars are often the least common type of acne scars and they occur after healing an injury. This type of scar can grow much larger than the original injury that caused the scar. Keloid scars are most commonly found on the body rather than on the face. Keloid scars also fall under the category of hypertrophic scars as they form due to an overproduction of skin tissue and collagen than a loss of tissue compared to the other three types of scarring.
Hypertrophic scars are thickened, wide and often raised scar which develop when ruined. This is a result of an abnormal response to a trauma or injury. Hypertrophic scars are types of acne scars that can be itchy and painful, but they are not dangerous or life threatening.
These kinds of acne scars can be treated with several medical treatments such as corticosteroid treatments, laser therapy, bleomycin, cryotherapy and surgery or even with home treatments like silicone sheets, pressure and massage, onion extract creams and bio oil.
This type of acne scarring is a common, usually harmless condition in which patches of skin become darker in color than the normal surrounding skin. Hyperpigmentation occurs when an excess of melanin (the brown pigment that produces normal skin color) forms deposits in the skin and can affect the skin color of people of any race.
The following treatments are listed based on the specific type of scarring. There may also be a combination of treatments used in order to achieve the results you desire. Just because the treatment is labeled as suitable for, it does not automatically or necessarily mean that they only work for a specific type of scar listed but rather it is considered the most effective procedure for treating that type of acne scar.
One type of acne treatment is the laser or laser resurfacing as this is effective for treating both discoloration and texture. This treatment was considered due to the fact that it addresses the issue of acne scars and improves the overall appearance of wrinkles or sun damaged skin at the same time. Lasers range far and wide – some of their most popular options are the fraxel laser, CO2 laser, fractional laser and pixelation. These treatments however require some down time which typically results in temporary redness, bleeding and swelling.
This type of treatment costs about $1,500 per session or treatment and price fluctuations may happen depending on the location or provider as multiple sessions may be needed.
Another type of acne scar treatment would be the dermal fillers. This type of treatment helps reduce the appearance of scars by temporarily lifting the scarred area with a filler or injection. Its result may typically last for a month to a year and they require frequent maintenance. Examples of popular dermal fillers include Restylane, Juvederm and Perlane. Dermal fillers are usually recommended for those suffering from boxcar or singular scarring.
A vial of Restylane and Juvederm dermal fillers would cost about $550-$650 while a vial of Radiesse costs about $750-$900. Some may require multiple vials depending on how severe your acne scar is and touch ups may be needed every 6 months to 1 year to maintain the results.
This type of acne scar treatment involves removing an area of the skin by using a punch tool. Punch excision is generally paired with other types of scar removal processes such as peels and laser and is generally recommended for treating ice pick scars or other types of acne scars that are deep and narrow. Similar to the laser resurfacing treatment, punch excision may require some downtime.
The cost for this acne scar treatment may break your bank as its price ranges from $250 to $1000, depending on the type of scar you have and its severity.
This type of acne scar treatment is recommended for evening out your skin tone and texture and treating hyperpigmentation and minor acne scarring as well. However, it may not be an effective treatment for deeper acne scars or wrinkles. Through this process, tiny crystals are being sprayed to the skin to remove the outer layer using a microdermabrasion machine. Microdermabrasion is usually safe to try on those with fair skin as darker tones undergoing this treatment may suffer from scarring and discoloration.
An average treatment cost for this procedure may range from $75-$200 per session, including multiple sessions required to see or achieve the desired results. You may also buy or have your own microdermabrasion machine to use at home (e.g. PMD at $159)
Steroid creams and cortisone injections
Topical silicone products are often available as a gel, cream or adhesive sheets for treating keloid scars. These products are said to prompt the body to shrink excess collagen and repair any broken blood vessels when applied to the scar. Topical silicone products such as steroid creams can be applied to scars that are still pink and healing and are safe for people of any age and skin tone.
Steroid creams and cortisone injections are most commonly the first lines of defense when treating keloid scars. Since keloid scars are raised type of acne scars, they are treated differently from the other types of scars. The main focus of these treatments is to flatten, shrink and soften the scar tissue.
This acne treatment may be done as a DIY treatment. Also known as collagen induction therapy, microneedling uses hundreds of tiny needles which leave invisible puncture wounds on top of the skin’s layer then stimulates the body’s natural wound healing process to produce collagen to help with fine lines, wrinkles, acne scarring, hyperpigmentation and uneven tone or texture. This treatment also helps in reducing the appearance of pores and helps your skin care products to absorb better.
Microneedling usually costs between $100 to $700 per session – 4 to 6 sessions being the maximum number to achieve the desired results. Face microneedling treatments usually cost around $300. You can try microneedling at home along with the Banish Acne Scars Banish Kit or Collagen Booster Kit to achieve that great result.
The newly patented design or feature of this Banisher battles acne scars and increases the efficacy of your topical skin care. The Banisher 2.0 naturally reduces the appearance of acne scars with a downtime of other acne treatments. The Banisher 2.0 looks a lot sleeker and very clean and easy to use as well.
What’s new about the Banisher 2.0 is that it features a 24k gold coated titanium bristles good for promoting collagen and is anti-bacterial. Aside from that, it lasts twice as long as the original Banisher, presses down with even pressure and its bristles are finer and sharper that it creates less irritation, making you able to use it often. The microneedling technique of this new Banisher 2.0 addresses acne scarring, allows your skin to produce more collagen and builds up your skin.
Before using the Banisher 2.0, make sure to fill its line with alcohol and dip the tool in the alcohol for about five minutes, allowing it to soak and disinfect. Make sure to sanitize your hands as well. Wash your face with your favorite cleanser (oil or gel) then air-dry the Banisher for about two minutes, making it ready to stamp your face.
When using the Banisher 2.0, it’s best to start around the cheek area. Stamp and rotate the Banisher for about four to five times on each area. You may also choose which area of your face or body you want to stamp the Banisher 2.0 on. However, take note that it’s best not to stamp around the active acne (if you have any) as it may cause the bacteria to spread around further.
This takes about every two to three weeks to see positive results as they may vary or depend from skin to skin. Healing or recovery takes time and patience.
Make sure to sterilize the Banisher 2.0 again with alcohol, air dry and store it after usage and cover it to prevent the bristles from bending. Redness may occur after stamping your face but don’t fret! It’s just normal.
This Banish product is formulated without any silicones, artificial fragrances, dyes, preservatives or fillers. The Banish Oil is made with the most potent form of Vitamin C: L-ascorbic acid that is proven to improve one’s skin tone and texture. If you're the one who is prone to oily skin, then Vitamin C Crème may be a better option for you to go with in treating your acne scars.
What’s good about the Banish Oil is that it evens out your skin tone and reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation and dark spots, makes your skin appear smoother and firmer and keeps your skin hydrated. The Banish Oil contains glycerin as its first ingredient which is a sort of skin hydrator so it’s best to keep your skin protected.
The Banish Oil or Vitamin C Serum is good for promoting collagen synthesis and works as an antioxidant to lighten some existing scarring pigment. Aside from the potent Vitamin C, The Banish Oil also contains Vitamin E which is responsible for nourishing the skin and aloe vera to calm and soothe irritated skin.
Please note that it’s not recommended to wear makeup after microneedling, especially during the day time or when you’re going out. Also remember to slather on some sunscreen for protection as well. Doing a patch test is also recommended to see if you are allergic to this product. Again, results may vary from skin to skin.
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