Scarring on the face or body can be caused by acne, surgery, wounds or trauma to the skin. For many of us, scarring can be a cause of discomfort. Not all scars fade away on their own and some need specialist help. At DestinationSkin, our skincare specialists understand that the physical and emotional effects of scarring remain long after the cause. Years after acne outbreaks, for example. We’re here to take you through a treatment journey that will deliver the skin results you deserve.
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What are acne scars?
Acne scars are the most common side effect of acne. Inflammation caused by acne can leave the skin feeling bumpy and discoloured for a very long time.
There are three main types of acne scars:
- Ice pick scars – small, deep holes in the surface of your skin that look like the skin has been punctured with a sharp object.
- Rolling scars – caused by bands of scar tissue that form under the skin, giving the surface a rolling and uneven appearance.
- Boxcar scars – round, oval depressions or craters in the skin.
What causes scarring?
Dark spots that remain on your skin after an acne breakout are caused by inflammation during the skin’s healing process. When a spot is popped, the pore is opened. But when it closes, abnormal pigmentations, textures and tones can appear that look different to the rest of your skin. Sometimes broken blood vessels after acne can also result in a mark that appears red or purple.
Even particularly aggressive blemishes can leave permanent marks, also called acne scars. Generally speaking, acne scars occur when normal tissue in the skin is destroyed and replaced with fibrous tissue. When acne is severe it can act like a wound, so when the body heals the damage, it can produce too much or too little tissue to repair the area. The production of too much tissue forms a keloid or a hypertrophic scar. Too little tissue leads to a depression in the skin, or an atrophic scar. The deeper and more inflamed the acne lesion, or the more that it is picked or squeezed, the more likely it is to scar.
What does acne scarring look like?
Tips for dealing with acne scarring
Remember, getting rid of acne successfully – or even controlling it – will depend on your skin, your lifestyle and the treatment you choose. Generally, you could say goodbye to acne by:
- visiting your nearest DestinationSkin clinic and talking to an expert
- washing pillowcases, clothes and bed sheets on a regular basis
- ensuring the area is hydrated
- using correctional products that include Vitamin A
- not squeezing or picking your spots.
Q: Does micro needling hurt?
A: We use a numbing cream with all our skin-needling treatments to make the procedure comfortable. We’re particularly confident that the new eDermastamp needling treatment is painless.
Q: How many treatments could I need?
A: We recommend having three to six sessions, depending on the severity of your concern. The natural regeneration process takes up to six weeks to develop fully – the results are well worth waiting for.
Q: Is there any downtime after the treatment?
A: Your skin will look flushed after a dermaroller or eDermastamp treatment and may feel tighter than normal. This will start to subside after one or two hours but may leave a slight redness over the following couple of days. It’s important that you wear a broad-spectrum SPF 50+ product. We recommend SkinCeuticals Mineral Radiance Defence SPF 50. This will protect your skin during the post-treatment period. To speed up your recovery time, we also recommend using the SkinCeuticals Redness Neutraliser in conjunction with a moisture-quenching, hydrating serum.
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Treatments - How can we help with Scarring?
There are several options we can suggest once your acne is under control, for scar removal. The right treatment will depend on how severe your scarring is and can range from chemical skin peels, IPL or laser resurfacing, to microdermabrasion. We also use Genuine Dermaroller™ or eDermastamp – a micro-needling treatment designed to reduce signs of acne scarring – to boost natural collagen production in the skin.
What our clients say
I have been going to Destination Skin for several years now and I think they are the best clinic out there. their service and advice is superb. They are professional and friendly. I have had amazing results from laser hair removal and facials. I won’t go anywhere else.
Sophie, Oxford Circus