How to Make Acne Stains Go Away
When you get a pimple, your body is engaged in an inflammatory response. Sometimes the pimple heals but excess collagen is left behind. This results in an acne stain. An acne stain is a cosmetic concern and will not get worse if you don't treat it. In fact, it will eventually go away on its own--but it can take a long time. The best way to alleviate such stains is to prevent acne with good skin care or by visiting a dermatologist. However, if you've already got stains, you can try to fade them. The best treatment depends on the type of stain you have, such as whether it is shallow stain or a deep "ice pick" type scar.
Utilize dermabrasion or laser resurfacing for shallow imperfections. Choose dermabrasion if you have light skin or very dark skin, but not if you have a medium skin tone, advises Acne.org. Choose laser resurfacing if you have light to medium skin. People with darker skin can be left with uneven skin tones, warns Acne.org. With dermabrasion, expect your skin to be frozen or numbed initially. Your doctor will use a machine that has a rotating diamond-edged wheel to remove damaged skin. This can take a half an hour to an hour. Your skin will have a scraped appearance for a few days, and then will scab. Follow your doctor's after-care instructions meticulously. Such treatments can cost several thousand dollars. With laser resurfacing a laser will be used to remove the damaged skin. This newer procedure is becoming increasingly popular, but few studies exist to verify consistent results. The procedure can take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour.
Choose a chemical peel for mild scarring. In this procedure your dermatologist will apply acids to remove the top skin layer. Several treatments may be needed, each taking about 15 minutes. You may have redness and swelling following the treatment, and may experience skin that flakes from the face. Recovery ranges from a day to several weeks. Cost per treatment is usually less than $1,000.
Visit a dermatologist for punch techniques or augmentation if you have deeper, "ice pick" type scars. In the most common type of punch replacement, the scar is removed with a hair-transplant type punch. It's replaced with a skin graft that may come from behind your ear. Recovery can take several weeks, and your care professional may recommend combining this with dermabrasion or laser resurfacing. With augmentation, a substance such as collagen or some of your own fat is injected under your acne scar. Results will be temporary, but there is no recovery time. These two treatments can cost less than $100 to several hundred dollars.
Overview When you get a pimple, your body is engaged in an inflammatory response. Sometimes the pimp...