What Is the Best Way to Heal a Scar

What is the best way to heal a scar? If you have serious acne that has left lasting marks on your skin, this is the question you've most likely asked your friends, loved ones or dermatologist.

Acne Prevention
The best way to heal an acne scar is to prevent the acne from occurring in the first place and to work on diminishing outbreaks as they occur. First, only wash your face twice a day. Over-washing can lead to irritating the skin. If you wear makeup, try powders instead of liquid foundations and be sure not to forget to wash makeup off before you go to sleep. Shower after you exercise to rinse away that sweat, oil and bacteria. You can also try over-the-counter acne treatments.

If you have severe acne, your physician may prescribe antibiotics, lotions or other medications. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully.

Don't pick at your acne, don't pop your acne and don't pick at any scabs on acne sites that you may have.

Acne Scars Treatment
You have various options to treat acne scars. One possibility is to use fillers, such as collagen or fat, to mask, stretch or plump up the scar. Soft tissue fillers, which are injected into the skin or scars, are a temporary treatment, so the procedure will have to be repeated periodically for the effects to continue.

Another option is skin surgery. In this procedure, the acne scars are literally removed. You would either have stitches or skin grafts to fix the affected area or areas.

You might want to consider dermabrasion. During dermabrasion, the "lighter" scars will probably be completely removed. However, deeper scars may not be completely erased, although these scars may not be as visible as before the procedure. Dermabrasion consists of using a rotating wire brush to remove the outer layer of skin.

Microdermabrasion is a scar removing technique that involves equipment which blows crystals onto the skin. These crystals gently scrub the skin, after which the crystals and skin cells are removed using a type of vacuum. Microdermabrasion doesn't result in dramatic changes. Even after a few treatments, you still may be able to see the scars, although the scars probably won't be as noticeable as they were in the past.

Laser resurfacing is another method of dealing with acne scars. In this treatment, lasers are used to remove the upper layer of skin as well as heat the dermis underneath. Ultimately, you will grow new skin.

Treatments using nonablative lasers, pulsed light sources and radiofrequency do not do the damage to the skin that laser resurfacing does. While these methods may not have as impressive results as laser resurfacing, they also take less time to heal.

If you are interested in an acne scars treatment, talk with your doctor or dermatologist. He or she will help guide you to the procedure that will work best for you. 

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