Acne scars come in all different shapes and colors. There are scars that are discolored, scars that are raised, and scars that are indented. A dermatologist can offer you a variety of treatments to help improve your scars. Discolored scars may be red, brown or white and the coloring can be improved by using fading creams, laser treatments or chemical peels. Raised scars, also known as hypertrophic scars or keloid scars, are usually first treated with a special type of injectable medication to flatten them.
Indented scars, also known as atrophic scars, come in a wide assortment of shapes and may be specifically referred to as icepick scars, boxcar scars, or rolling scars. All of these different types of indented scars can be treated using a wide variety of methods. Laser treatments, microneedling, and filler injections are just some of the options for treating indented scars. Since there are so many scar treatment options available, be sure to see a dermatologist that is an expert in acne scar treatment to get the best possible outcome for your skin.
Types of acne scar treatments available:
- Lightening creams
- Chemical peels
- Pulsed dye laser treatments
- Intralesional steroid injections
- Fractionated non-ablative laser treatments
- Fractionated ablative laser treatments (also known as carbon dioxide laser treatments)
- Radiofrequency treatments
- Filler treatments
Intense pulsed light treatment (IPL) is a laser-like treatment that is designed to improve: brown spots, red spots, and signs of aging. Some people refer to an IPL treatment as a photofacial or photorejuvenation.
There are many different types of IPL devices and these treatments can be performed at a dermatologist’s office. An IPL treatment takes about 10 minutes to perform. It will feel like little hot pinches on your skin. Sometimes patients are given a numbing cream to apply to their face for 20 – 30 minutes prior to the treatment to lessen any discomfort. During the treatment the patient’s eyes are covered with special goggles because the light emitted from the IPL machine is extremely bright. Immediately after the treatment the skin will be slightly pink and may feel like a mild sunburn.
For the next few days after the treatment your face may be pink and/or slightly swollen. Any brown spots or brown discolorations that you had on your skin will be slightly darker for about 5 – 7 days after the treatment. One week after the treatment you will notice that your skin is glowing, has a smoother tone, and a more even color. You should use caution when doing an IPL treatment in the summer as you should not have a tan when you get an IPL treatment. Make certain that your treatment is being done in a dermatologist’s office to ensure the safest treatment with the best results.
An Intense Pulsed Light Treatment Can Treat:
- Brown spots also known as sun spots
- Red spots and broken blood vessels
- Signs of aging
Get ready for Turkey Day!
Is what you eat this Thanksgiving Day going to impact your skin? Well, it might. Antioxidants can be beneficial for the skin and many of the foods that are typically eaten on Thanksgiving Day are loaded with antioxidants. Antioxidants work by combatting the harmful effects of free radicals. Ultraviolet light from the sun and pollution are two causes of free radicals. Eating lots of antioxidants may help to protect your skin cells from free radicals such as those caused by the ultraviolet sunlight. Here are some Thanksgiving Day foods that are high in antioxidants:
- Pumpkin (the real stuff, not canned!)
- Sweet potatoes
- Brussel sprouts
- Red wine (but not too much!)
Go ahead and eat up! Your skin will thank you!