There is no getting around the fact that the best and most effective way of getting rid of acne scars is prevention. Stop the acne and you will stop the scars before they even have had a chance to form.
Another method to prevent acne scars is to stop picking and squeezing! The more inflammation you prevent, the less likely you are to scar. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to resist the temptation to pick. But picking, squeezing, touching, and otherwise manipulating your pimples leads to permanent damage. Picking not only worsens the pimple itself, it makes the surrounding skin even more irritated and swollen, triggering new eruptions.
A pimple that’s bothering you today will go away faster if you just let it be. If you pick and poke and squeeze and touch it with your hands, fingers, fingernails, pins, needles, you name it; you may be reminded of that pimple forever.
–But even as you are doing everything to get your acne treated and control your behavior, what do you do to get rid of the scars that are already there?
The good news is that most acne scars are not truly hopeless. Although few acne scars can be completely eliminated by any method, most blemishes can be significantly reduced in size and depth with one type of procedure or a combination of treatments.
Generally, you can get a rough idea of what type of treatment your own scars may need by using your fingers to stretch the skin in the scarred area and see how the scars behave. Pulling the skin taut will make shallow or soft-sided scars almost completely disappear. Such scars can probably be reduced or eliminated with resurfacing and fillers. Scars that do not respond to stretching generally require surgical excision.
Skin resurfacing works by removing layers of skin to create a wound. When the wound heals, new cells grow that create a smoother and improved appearance. For this treatment to be effective for reducing acne scars, two things must happen: the skin’s upper surface (the epidermis) must be replaced, and the collagen network in the middle layer (the dermis) must be remodeled.
Some methods promoted as a means of treating acne scars, such as the exfoliating glycolic acid peels, superficial epidermal peels, or microdermabrasion treatments performed in some beauty salons do not do sufficient damage to the dermis to promote collagen remodeling. To affect acne scars, you need to have really deep collagen remodeling.
The only really effective resurfacing treatments for acne scars are deep laser resurfacing and dermabrasion. Both are serious surgical procedures that involve long healing periods and some risk.
Before committing to treatment, contact an experienced dermatology surgeon and discuss your treatment options. Be sure to ask any questions that you may have length of downtime after treatment, risks and side-effects of the procedure, costs, and how much improvement you can expect after the treatment.
Have realistic expectations for the treatment, as getting rid of acne scars is not easy. Although acne scar removal treatment will most likely improve the appearance of your skin, complete restoration to the way it looked before you had acne is often not possible.