How to Get Rid of Acne Scars Fast
Acne and its resulting scars on the back are no different than acne and scars found on the face or any other part of the body.
The cause is the same and the treatment is generally the same.
The only difference may be is that it is not as easy to use home treatments because of the difficulty in reaching the areas on the back that are affected.
Acne scars on the back can be embarrassing and most people would like to get rid of those along with any scars on their face.
These scars can make people want to cover up in the summertime when everyone else is in tank tops and bathing suits.
What Causes Acne Scars
Acne scars are most often the result of inflamed blemishes.
These occur when a pore becomes full of oil, dead skin, and bacteria causing the pore to swell and then rupture the wall of the follicle.
If this break happens deep in the follicle wall, a serious lesion may form, allowing the infected material to reach the dermis where it destroys healthy skin.
The body has a natural system to repair damage to the skin by forming new collagen fibers. The protein that makes the skin strong and flexible.
However, this natural “repair job” never looks as good as the skin did before the blemish became inflamed.
Types of Acne Scars
There are two types of acne scars.
- As a wound heals and the skin does its repair job on the skin, it sometimes makes more collagen than is required. This makes an area of raised tissue on the surface of the skin. This is a hypertrophic scar, also known as keloid.
- The most common type of acne scars are depressed or atrophic scars. They often appear as small pits in the surface of the skin.
Acne can also cause a temporary discoloration in the skin.
Many people presume these are acne scars but they will ultimately fade away without treatment.
Professional Treatments for Depressed Acne Scars
Dermatologists treat the two different types of acne scarring somewhat differently.
Surgery of depressed acne scars is the most effective treatment.
The point of these types of surgery are to remove the large deep scar and replace it with a flatter scar that is less visible and likely to fade over time.
There are four (04) different types of surgery:
- Punch excision
- Punch elevation
- Punch graft
- Subcutaneous incision
Another way to treat depressed acne scars is with laser skin resurfacing.
The most effective of these laser treatments uses an ablative laser that causes wounds in the skin.
But as these wounds heal and new skin forms, the acne scars will be gone.
Non-ablative lasers don’t cause wounds so it may take a series of treatments to fade the acne scars.
Professional Treatment for Raised Acne Scars
A dermatologist will look closely at raised acne scars and develop a treatment plan based on the size of the scars and how long they have been there.
A treatment may often involve more than one type of treatment option.
Some of these options are:
- Injections that help to shrink the raised scars. Corticosteroids can soften and flatten scars and Interferon can soften an acne scar so that it is smoother. Normally, a series of these injections is given.
- If the scars don’t respond to injections, surgery is recommended. But most raised scars require more than just surgery because they can return. That is why surgery is often combined with injections.
Lasers are also used to treat raised acne scars as well as Cryotherapy, which involves freezing the scar tissue causing it die and then fall off.