First, you struggle through months of confidence-sucking, happiness-stealing breakouts then when you think the worst is over, depressed scars sit comfortably in your face, reminding you of a rather dark time in your life. Whether you have macules, raised scars, ice picks, wide depression, boxcars, or dark spots, acne scars are unattractive and downright diabolical. They can strip you of your self-esteem—no matter your age.
Lucky for you, the cosmetic industry has shone some light into acne scarring. Now, you have quite a number of options to choose from when you want to get rid of the ugly scars once and for all. Here, we have given you a lowdown of the non-chemical acne scar treatments.
- Dermal Fillers
This might come as a shock to you seeing as dermal fillers are commonly used to plump lips and iron out crow’s feet. If you want to smooth indented scars (aka craters), your local dermatologist can inject fillers into your skin. This option is great if you are not in a hurry as you might need repeated treatments spaced at intervals of 6 months to see meaningful change.
- Radiofrequency and Microneedling
This treatment uses energy to remodel collagen and ultimately reduce the shape of your acne scar. Basically, a medical practitioner uses heat and energy from radiowaves, alongside microscopic needles to enter the skin, destroy the stubborn scar tissue, and remodel it. The treatment has minimal and is compatible with darker skin. You’ll require about 3-4 sessions to notice up to 75% improvement on your skin.
- Dermabrasion and microdermabrasion
These are two popular procedures for a number of cosmetic needs for the entire body. As a scar removal treatment, dermabrasion utilizes a certain high-speed brush to resurface the skin and hence reduce or eliminate the depth of visible scars. Micro-dermabrasion, on the other hand, works the same way only in this case, a dermatologist or aesthetician uses a tiny crystal rather than a high-speed brush to resurface the skin. The latter is less-intensive with zero downtime.
Laser technology is yet another acne treatment with massive accolades both far and wide. The treatment involves the use of a laser to get rid of the outer layer of the skin, lighten skin discoloration in affected areas, and the contour the skin around the acne scars. Your dermatologist will suggest the type of laser to be used on your scar depending on whether you have a flat or raised acne scar.
- Skin Grafting
Skin grafting is not a new concept and has always been used for people with severe acne scars and an array of other skin complications. Ideally, the treatment is characterized by filling of scarred skin with normal skin. Doctors often use the skin behind the ear to do skin grafts.
Chemical peels may be the widely-known and preferred acne scar treatment options but if you don’t want to go down that route, feel free to ask your dermatologist about any of these techniques. If done right, these can restore your skin’s appearance and ultimately, your beauty and confidence substantially.