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Acne and acne scarring are distressing.
Acne scarring is an unfortunate consequence for those suffering from acne. It is not easy to predict who will scar and scars can take two years after the original spot to form. We know that both topical and oral retinoids help reduce the risk of scarring so would encourage the use of these at an early stage of acne treatment.
Acne “scars” can be for marks and pigmentation left after recent acne often called post inflammatory hyperpigmentation and erythema (reddening) which is not permanent or actual dermal scarring causing indentations. These come in three varieties boxcar scarring, ice pick scarring and rolled scarring they are a result of tethering of the skin to the lower dermal layer. Whilst challenging acne scars can be treated. Dr Charlson treats acne in his NHS dermatology clinics and understands the psychological impact acne and acne scarring may cause.
Acne scars and TIXEL
Tixel is a new innovation that uses the regenerative power of heat to remodel skin and stimulated collagen synthesis. Tixel delivers uniform stimulus throughout the treatment area and is, therefore, able to produce similar results to CO2 ablative laser treatment without the significant downtime and pain. Tixel starts at £350 per treatment and we recommend three treatments to scarred areas to optimise the results.
Acne scarring can be diminished by a combination of:
- Microneedling using the Dermapen or RF Microneedling
- Cross TCA
- PRP treatment
- Filler treatments
- Punch excision and elevation
However, it is not possible to completely remove acne scars, improvement in the appearance of scarring would be the objective in nearly all cases
Acne can leave deep scars which can be filled with dermal filler or a collagen stimulator usually after subcision. This is a temporary treatment to smooth out the skin but with repeated treatment scars do diminish and skin becomes clearer and smoother.
Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) which are brownish marks and can usually be improved by treatments that increase the rate of skin cell turnover and specialist serums that inhibit the action of melanocytes in the skin.
At SkinQure we have a variety of treatments to treat both active acne and the scarring. These are not available as NHS treatments. We use Tixel, micro-needling, subcision, cross TCA, dermal fillers, skin peels and creams to improve the appearance of the skin.
Whilst scarring is difficult to treat improvements can be made with the right approach
Treatments start at £250 per session. http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/features/acne-scars