Acne Scarring Treatment in Nottingham

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ACNE SCARRING

Acne is a common skin condition that has likely affected most of us at some point. Active acne is a very distressing and challenging aesthetic concern; however, the aftermath of acne also leaves a lasting impact in the form of acne scarring.

Acne scarring can be a source of frustration and self-consciousness for those who experience it. This comprehensive guide will explore the different types of acne scarring, the causes of pigmented acne scarring, and various treatment options. We’ll also address frequently asked questions on acne scarring.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What causes pitted acne scarring?

Pitted acne scarring, or atrophic or indented scarring, occurs when collagen is lost during the healing process of acne lesions. There are several subtypes of pitted acne scarring:

Icepick scars are narrow, deep scars that resemble the marks left by an ice pick. They are often challenging to treat due to their depth.

Boxcar scars have well-defined edges and a broader, box-like appearance. They can be shallow or deep.

Rolling scars are characterised by a wavy texture; rolling scars create a rolling or undulating appearance on the skin.

Understanding the specific type of acne scarring is crucial for tailoring an effective treatment plan.

Pigmented acne scarring, often called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), results from the skin’s inflammatory response to acne lesions. When an acne lesion heals, it can leave dark marks or discolouration. The leading causes of pigmented acne scarring include:

Melanin production: in response to inflammation, the skin may produce excess melanin, leading to dark spots.

Sun exposure: exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays can worsen pigmented acne scarring, making it crucial to protect the skin from the sun.

While it may not be possible to prevent acne scarring entirely, there are steps you can take to minimise the risk:

Early intervention: treating acne early can reduce the likelihood of severe scarring. Consult a specialist for appropriate acne management.

Avoiding picking or squeezing: resist the urge to pick at or squeeze acne, which can worsen inflammation and increase the risk of scarring.

Sun protection: use sunscreen with a high SPF to protect your skin from harmful UV rays, which can exacerbate pigmented acne scarring.

The permanence of acne scarring varies depending on factors such as the type of scarring, its age, and your skin characteristics. While some scars may fade over time, others may persist without intervention. Early and appropriate treatment significantly improves the chances of reducing the appearance of acne scars.

Improving the appearance of acne scarring often requires a combination approach. Medical-grade skincare products that contain ingredients like retinoids, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), and vitamin C can promote skin renewal and improve the appearance of mild acne scarring.

Skin peels involve the application of a chemical solution to remove the top layer of skin, encouraging new cell renewal. Intense pulsed light (IPL) can target specific areas of scarring and promote collagen production. Temporary dermal fillers can temporarily improve the appearance of pitted scars by restoring volume in the indentions.

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There is increasing pressure on us these days to appear ‘ageless’ and conform to celebrity ideals and this in turn can lead to confidence issues which I all too often see as a doctor.

I truly believe in a ‘less is more’ philosophy and want to work with my clients to achieve a more youthful version of themselves whilst retaining their full range of expression and not giving them a mask like look. I want your friends to comment on how well you are looking but not be able to tell that you have had a cosmetic treatment (that’s a secret that you can choose to keep to yourself)!

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