How to Get Rid of Acne Scars

  • By Maxine Dean
  • 25 Aug, 2017

The Different Types of Acne Scars & How to Treat Them

Acne, a common skin disorder that people spend millions of dollars trying to heal, generally affects 80% of our youth and 5% of our adult population.  Scarring is the unfortunate result of some cases of acne.  For those who suffer with acne scarring, the effects can be more traumatic than the initial acne.  Billions of dollars have been spent researching acne, acne scarring, and scar solutions.

Scars are indications that the body has repaired itself in one way or another, either due to injury or infection.  Once these events occur, white blood cells from the body accumulate at the site to fight further infection and repair the damage that has taken place.  Once that process is complete, scars often form.  This process can be compared to a seam being sewn into a piece of torn fabric.  The skin (or seam) will never be quite as smooth as it was before the damage.  

There are different types of acne scars and different degrees of each type.  Some people may develop worse scars than others, depending on their individual tendencies.   

There are two different types of scars caused by acne.  The first type, depressed scarring, is caused by tissue loss and the second type, keloids, is caused by tissue formation:

 1.  Depressed  Scarring

This type of scar is caused by the dermis being attacked by toxins escaping the skin.  Once a cyst ruptures, it expels pus, oil, bacteria, and other poisons into the surrounding areas. White blood cells rush to the site of infection to repair the skin and, in the process, valuable collagen is lost, causing skin recesses or depressions.  The skin above the injury will then develop scars most commonly called ice pick scars .  Other scar types are soft, mascular, and fibrotic like rolling scars , or boxcar scars .


 2.  Keloid Scarring

This type of scarring results from fibroblasts being triggered by the body during the repair process.  Once collagen starts decreasing, the fibroblasts produce excessive collagen, resulting in tissues called keloids .  They usually form on the male body and are sometimes called hypertrophic scars .      


Ice Pick Scars

Ice Pick Scars are scars that look like you skin was pierced by a needle or pin. The scar resembles a hole and the larger ones look like open pores. Ice Pick Scars are deep and narrow and usually extend to the dermis. These scars are left behind by cystic acne and deep blemishes. 


Boxcar Scars

Boxcar Scars are wider than the Ice Pick scars. They appear as round or oval in the skin with steep vertical sides. They form small pits and are commonly called pox marks. This is because they resemble the scars left behind from chicken pox. This type of scar is a result of lost tissue in inflammatory breakouts. 


Rolling Scars

Rolling Scars resemble a wave in the skin but smooth on the surface. This is a result of fibrous tissue bands that develop between the skin. The bands pull on the epidermis and bind it to the deeper skin structures. 


Keloid Scars

Hypertrophic or Keloid Scars are firm raised tissue masses. These scars are larger than the original wounds. These type of scars are not due to loss of tissue but because of the over production of collagen. Keloid scars are best treated with the help of steroid injections, tapes, or creams. All of these help shrink and flatten this type of scar.


How to Get Rid of Acne Scars

As you can see, not all acne scarring is the same. Different treatments, or a combination of treatments may be more suitable for particular individuals over others. The top 3 Acne Scar Treatments are Microneedling, Laser Genesis and Chemical Peels.  
Microneedling is a treatment that can help resurface acne scarring by creating micro-channels in the skin to help break up scar tissue and signals the body to rebuild new collagen. Microneedling utilizes your skin's natural healing process to increase collagen and elastin production, thus minimizing the appearance of scarring and uneven texture.

Microneedling, also known as collagen Induction therapy, uses a pen with a tip that is covered with 12 ultra-fine needles that is used on the targeted areas to create small channels in the skin. As the device glides along the skin, these needles penetrate the upper layers of skin, producing thousands of tiny micron channels.  The creation of these tiny channels encourages the dermis to produce new collagen and elastin, which generates new skin cells. The result is skin that is thicker, plumper, smoother and more youthful. 
Laser Genesis is a YAG laser treatment that delivers pulses of energy to gently heat the dermis, well below the skin's surface, stimulates collagen regrowth to smooth skin texture, and minimize the appearance of scarring. 

The Laser Genesis procedure utilizes non-invasive laser technology to safely, painlessly and effectively treat acne and acne scarring, as well as calms inflammation and breakouts from stubborn acne, reduces pore size, shrinks sebaceous glands, heals the skin and smooths skin texture. The treatment activates collagen and elastin production to rebuild the skin's surface and provides an overall glow to the skin. 

Chemical peels   can refine and improve skin texture, and help correct hyperpigmentation.Chemical peels are the application of specific chemicals, acids or enzymes to exfoliate the dead layers of the skin. The dead, outer layers of skin slough off to reveal healthier, brighter, more even-toned skin. 

Acne can leave behind post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, which are those pesky dark spots that linger way after blemishes have healed that. Sometimes these dark spots can look worse than the initial acne! Chemical peels can help lift dark spots and even out your skin tone.

By removing the build-up of dead skin cells via chemical peeling and stimulating the regenerative process, you will notice marked improvements in the formation of wrinkles and fine lines, texture, tone of the skin, increased hydration, reduced pore size, clearing of blemishes and dark spots and an overall healthier appearance.

Getting Started

Getting rid of acne scars is a process, it takes time and patience. Do not be discouraged by how many treatments you may need, or how long it takes. The treatments listed above help your skin rebuild itself over a series of treatments, and how many treatments needed will depend on the severity of the acne scarring. We offer customizable packages for maximum results and maximum cost-effectiveness. 

 At MaxAesthetics, we find a combination of microneedling, Laser Genesis and chemical peels provides the most dramatic results. If you suffer from Acne or Acne Scarring, call MaxAesthetics at 267-528-3859 or email us at maxaesthetics@maxaesthetics.com for a free consultation, and a treatment plan recommendation. You can have beautiful, clear skin. You deserve it. 

Philadelphia Skin Care And Beauty Blog | Best Skin Care Advice

By Maxine Dean 02 Dec, 2017
If you’re looking for something to add to your diet that has major benefits bundled together, look no further. Blueberries, as well as raspberries, contain antioxidants, probiotics, anthocyanins, vitamins, polyphenols, and flavonoids. They truly are the whole package. Moreover, they help the skin regenerate new cells, which, slows the aging process. They also fight off free radicals while helping replenish the skin cells natural plumpness and elasticity. 
By Maxine Dean 02 Dec, 2017
The common cold is not a life threatening disease and often goes away in a few days after running its course. However, a running nose, nasal congestion, sore throat, persistent sneezes, or coughs can leave you feeling miserable. Although nothing can cure a cold, some remedies may ease your symptoms while the infection lasts. 

When you're sick, your skin also suffers. A compromised immune system leads to you looking and feeling worn down. Dehydrated skin, red and irritated noses,  and a dull complexion are all common side effects of being sick with a cold. Taking care of your body as a whole will help improve your skin. 
More Posts

Philadelphia Skin Care And Beauty Blog | Best Skin Care Advice

By Maxine Dean 02 Dec, 2017
If you’re looking for something to add to your diet that has major benefits bundled together, look no further. Blueberries, as well as raspberries, contain antioxidants, probiotics, anthocyanins, vitamins, polyphenols, and flavonoids. They truly are the whole package. Moreover, they help the skin regenerate new cells, which, slows the aging process. They also fight off free radicals while helping replenish the skin cells natural plumpness and elasticity. 
By Maxine Dean 02 Dec, 2017
The common cold is not a life threatening disease and often goes away in a few days after running its course. However, a running nose, nasal congestion, sore throat, persistent sneezes, or coughs can leave you feeling miserable. Although nothing can cure a cold, some remedies may ease your symptoms while the infection lasts. 

When you're sick, your skin also suffers. A compromised immune system leads to you looking and feeling worn down. Dehydrated skin, red and irritated noses,  and a dull complexion are all common side effects of being sick with a cold. Taking care of your body as a whole will help improve your skin. 
By Maxine Dean 24 Nov, 2017
This bright and creamy Sweet Potato Pie Smoothie gives you all the flavor of the Thanksgiving classic without all the guilt! Skin-boosting ingredients like sweet potato, citrus fruits and nuts provides immune support in addition to healthy, glowing complexion!
By Maxine Dean 16 Nov, 2017
Cucumbers with an unwaxed peel offer silica to boost collagen production and reduce wrinkles for younger looking skin.

Cucumber are very hydrating to improve skin moisture and being that vitamin C is one of the most important antioxidants, it can help your skin to maintain a youthful appearance.

Cucumbers are very high in water, in fact, they are mostly water, and they contain vitamin C, and caffeic acid that helps soothe irritations and swelling of the skin, which is why cucumbers are often recommended to be placed over swollen eyes to get rid of puffiness and a fatigued look when you have not had a restful night’s sleep.
By Maxine Dean 14 Nov, 2017
Most of us know that living a healthy lifestyle isn't the easiest thing to do, and the sad truth is that many of us simply feel just too busy in life to implement any healthy changes. It's not necessarily that you don't have the motivation or you don't want to have a better lifestyle - it's simply that you don't feel you have the me to make the required changes in order to turn your lifestyle around (because, yes, it does take me and mental energy to make positive changes!)

But you CAN turn things around if you change your mindset and the way you’re going about things. Here’s how...
By Maxine Dean 09 Nov, 2017

Green beans are very healthy for your skin. They contain hyaluronic acid, which fights aging of the skin and hold onto water so the skin is moisturized thereby reducing wrinkles and fine lines. The skin is kept smooth and moist by the addition of hyaluronic acid.

Beans also increase the synthesis of collagen and promote the growth of healthy skin. Your joints are healthier and your skin will be more toned. Hyaluronic acid is also important in the proliferation of healthy skin cells and in the migration of those cells to the outermost parts of the skin.  

By Maxine Dean 08 Nov, 2017

Ah, the benefits of berries never end!

They are good to eat and good for your skin. Cranberries naturally exfoliate dead skin and contain vital antioxidants to promote anti-aging skin health, improve skin texture, tone and firmness. 

  • Vitamin C increases collagen production, reduces redness and brightens the skin. Vitamin A is supports healthy pore function, and cell turnover. 
  • Vitamin A helps keep pores clear, which can help reduce acne and oil production.
  • Cranberries contain polyphenols, including proanthocyanidins and flavonols , which are antioxidants known for their powerful anti-aging effects. The polyphenols in cranberries help fight free radicals, the damaging byproducts of environmental toxins, UV Damage, and other stressors, to repair damaged skin and reduce the signs of aging. The polyphenols found in cranberries :
    • Provides skin soothing properties to reduce inflammation and redness. 
    • Enhances, and amplifies the antioxidant properties of Vitamins A, C, and E.
    • Improves circulation
    • Slows damage caused by oxidative stress, which may help reduce sun related aging.
    • Repairs UV Damage, and helps slow damage of oxidative stress, which may help reduce sun related aging. 
    • Helps repair collagen, and Inhibits the enzyme that breaks down collagen for smooth, firm, elastic skin.
  • The Natural Fruit Enzymes in cranberries gently exfoliate the skin by dissolving dead, dull skin. Revitalizes skin, bringing new, fresh skin to the surface to brighten and reduce signs of aging. 
  • Vitamin E is an antioxidant that strengthens the skin’s natural barrier function to prevent moisture loss, fights free radicals and protects skin against UV damage. 
  • Cranberries are rich  Essential Fatty Acids . Cranberries have a  unique 1:1 ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which is the perfect ratio for maximum absorption into the skin. Essential fatty acids improves skin elasticity, and keeps skin hydrated, nourished and radiant.  

By Maxine Dean 03 Nov, 2017
It is safe to say that how you eat does ultimately affect the health of your skin. Aside from the overall benefits of eating healthy; research points to the fact that eating the right foods also helps keep skin looking young and healthy. There is also evidence showing that when we don't care about what we eat our skin definitely suffers.

Continue reading at Maxine Dean Skin Care! 
By Maxine Dean 01 Nov, 2017
Carrots are extremely high in beta-carotene, which is a form of vitamin A. Beta carotene is perhaps one of the best antioxidants that prevents aging by reducing the degeneration of cells so you can maintain a youthful look. Vitamin A is also good for the growth of tissues, improved vision, healthy bones, and healthy teeth.

The vitamin C you’ll find in carrots will increase the amount of collagen in the body and collagen improves skin’s elasticity to prevent wrinkles and deflect the typical signs of aging.

Carrots are also high in potassium, which helps keep the electrolytes in the body balances, reduces acne, and increases the growth of healthy, new skin cells. Potassium can also relieve you of scarring as well as the dark spots so often seen in aged skin.

Carrots help the liver get rid of toxins, which may help to reduce acne breakouts. 
By Maxine Dean 31 Oct, 2017
When you hear the word sugar, do you start to salivate? If so, you are not alone. You may understand that sugar is probably not the healthiest food. Yet you might still crave it on a daily basis. This is not at all uncommon, thanks to the fact that processed food probably makes up the largest part of your diet. Intentionally hidden by manufacturers behind names like agave nectar, fruit juice, barley malt and dextrose, sugar is a prevalent but dangerous food ingredient.

Like salt, sugar addiction is rather common. Health professionals, unfortunately, agree that beating a sugar addiction is just as tough as kicking cocaine, heroin or a tobacco habit. There are neurological and physiological processes triggered by sugar which create this powerful addiction in some people. If sugar was not such a deadly food when taken in excess, this would not be a problem. From weight gain to premature aging, promoting cancer to boosting your risk of diabetes, sugar can be downright deadly.

More Posts
Share by: