If acne is particularly severe or if left untreated for too long, the spots and pustules typical of acne can leave scars in the skin. These can cause young adults to feel self-conscious and lacking in confidence. Fortunately we can offer a range of dermatology treatments to minimise the appearance of acne scars.

Types of acne scars

Although prompt treatment can help to avoid scarring, picking and scratching can irritate acne spots, leading to a range of permanent marks on the skin:

  • Typical deep acne scars: deep valley-like pits, sometimes also called ‘ice pick’ acne scars
  • Raised acne scars: these affect people prone to developing keloid scars
  • Rolling acne scars: these produce an undulating, wavy texture to the skin
  • Box scars: these are like typical deep acne scars but have vertical rather than sloping walls, making them very obvious

Treating acne scars

Our Consultant Dermatologists  and specialist practitioners use different techniques to make acne scars less obvious:

  • Needling techniques: making many perpendicular pinpricks into a white scar allowing new skin to grow through the holes.
  • Needling can also be used a to treat indented scars; the needle is used to release the tissue under the scar, allowing it to rise up. The fibroblasts in the skin that has been needled respond by making new skin, which then lifts the scar further thus reducing the indentation.
  • Dermal fillers: deep acne scars can be injected with fillers to raise them to the surface of the skin. Fillers can also help reduce the appearance of rolling acne scars. The substances used as fillers vary but may include silicone or commercial preparations of patient’s fat.
  • Steroids: injecting steroids under the scar can help reduce the size of raised and keloid acne scars.
  • Laser treatment: red acne scars can be treated with a laser to reduce their redness so that they match more closely with the surrounding skin.
  • Dermabrasion: the dermatologist freezes the top layer of skin and then uses an abrasive tool to gently remove the skin’s surface. New skin grows from the dermis beneath, which helps to fill in deep scars such as box scars and ice pick scars.
  • Microdermabrasion: suitable only for acne scars that are on the very surface of the skin. Different techniques are used to bring about a powerful exfoliating effect that smoothes out the skin.

Making an enquiry

For more information about private acne scarring treatment at The London Clinic please click here and complete the enquiry form or call +44 (0) 207 616 7693.

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