People who have acne scars on their skin—their face especially—are mostly aware of how devastating those scars can be. Acne scars are so devastating that they have ruined their victims’ dream to achieve better relationship and even career.
Despite their notoriety, however, acne scars are not incurable. They are sometimes stubborn, indeed, but with the right treatment, they can be removed effectively from the skin.
Luckily, there are currently a lot of options available for people who want to get rid of their acne scars. Cheap and easy treatments, such as using home remedies like tea tree oil, green tea extract and aloe vera and using over-the-counter anti-acne creams like retinoid, aczone and antibiotics (both topical and oral), are already deemed effective to remove acne scars, though they require patience and determination because they take rather long time to show their efficacy.
People who prefer a quicker or even instant way to get rid of their acne scars as well as those whose acne scars are so severe that topical and oral treatments don’t work effectively for them can opt for advanced clinical treatments, such as dermabrasion, chemical peel and—the most preferred of all—laser treatment.
There are many available options for people who hate their acne scars and want to get rid of them. This is why giving up is never an option.
Laser treatment as well as pulsed light treatment is often considered the most preferred instant way to get rid of acne. Unlike dermabrasion, acne scar removal laser treatment is more focused. It treats only the affected skin without touching the unaffected area. Unlike chemical peel, it is 100% clean because it doesn’t involve the application of acid to the skin.
We will talk more about laser resurfacing treatment to get rid of acne scars later in this article.
What Is Acne Scar?
Acne scar is a blemish that is left by acne on the surface of the skin. If the scarring is not too severe, the skin can often heal itself and the scar will disappear after a while.
If it is severe, clinical treatment is mostly necessary to get rid of it. According to its form, acne scar can be either anthropic, which is marked by indentation or depression on the affected skin, or hypertrophic, which is marked by raised growth of fleshy tissue on the affected skin.
Atrophic car can further be distinguished according to its shape into three distinct subtypes: ice pick, boxcar and rolling.
- Ice pick scar appears in the form of narrow and deep hole on the surface of the skin. It gets its name because it appears like a hole that you make on the ground if you strike it with an ice pick.
- Boxcar scar is broader than ice pick scar and has steep and clearly defined edge.
- Rolling scar is also broad, just like boxcar car; however, its depression edge is rounder and smoother than that of boxcar scar.
Hypertrophic scar is also referred to as keloid. This scar appears on the skin in the form of raised growth of fleshy, fibrous and firm tissue.