Acne is a skin disorder that can cause inflammation and scarring. When sebum and dead skin cells clog follicles, pimples often develop. Once the blemishes clear up, the person’s skin is usually less smooth.
There are multiple types of acne scarring, and each type responds differently to treatment. Those who are suffering from acne can visit board-certified dermatologist Dr. Hal Weitzbuch in Calabasas to improve this skin concern.
Types of Acne Scarring
Ice pick scars are deep and usually require intense treatments. For example, dermabrasion (not microdermabrasion) may be required or alternatively CO2 laser may be helpful. These acne scars are deep holes in the skin that occur when the body does not produce enough collagen to repair itself.
Boxcar scars can be either shallow or deep. These scars usually form on the cheeks or temples. Rolling scars tend to look like little hills and valleys. Even though these scars have smooth edges, they have a wavy-like appearance. Just like ice pick scars, both boxcar and rolling scars may also require intense treatments. Patients may need platelet-rich plasma injections in addition to microneedling or lasers to fix these types of scars on their face. In lighter skinned individuals, keloid scars appear raised and reddish. When a person has darker skin, these scars have a more purplish appearance. Steroid injections help flatten keloid scars so that they are not as noticeable. At times acne-related inflammation can lead to hyperpigmentation. This form of scarring looks like either a dark spot or discoloration. Sun protection is critical to help minimize this.
Board-certified dermatologist and skin repair specialist, Dr. Weitzbuch, can readily identify the type of scar a particular patient has before we perform treatment. Acne scars fall into two categories: pitted scars and post-inflammatory scars. Pitted scars occur when there is a loss of tissue and are usually more permanent. Post-inflammatory scars are the red or brown spots that remain after lesions fade away and usually are more temporary. A patient with pitted scars may need to undergo laser rejuvenation treatment. The laser targets deep layers of the skin to stimulate collagen production. This extra collagen helps fill in pitted areas. To treat red and brown spots, the dermatologist may use intense pulsed light treatments. These treatments target dark spots to help leave the skin with a more even-toned complexion.
Another treatment option is dermal fillers. This form of treatment plumps up the skin, which can eliminate pitted scars. While this treatment option provides mostly temporary results, it works great for individuals who need a quick fix and cannot wait to perform multiple treatments to see results. Another form of treatment is platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. Coupled with micro needling, PRP injections help rejuvenate scarred areas on the body. It is also very important that active acne is treated first so more scars do not form after treatment.
Contact Calabasas Dermatology Center today if you have an acne scar or even acne in its initial stages to learn what treatments are available to you. Our team of experts specialize in giving our patients the best treatment possible.