How to Treat Acne Scars on the Body
Scarring can occur even after mild acne outbreaks. The University of Chicago Medical Center says that all scars are permanent, but there are methods available to reduce the appearance of scars. With treatment, you can fade acne scars on your body, making them virtually invisible. Acne scars on the body are conducive to a wider range of treatments than facial acne scars, because bodily treatments can be covered with clothing if the treatments cause short-term discoloration or swelling.
Use an over-the-counter microdermabrasion kit. Microdermabrasion uses rough pads or brushes to gently remove damaged skin cells. Through this exfoliating process, new skin regrows over the treated site. Microdermabrasion can fade small, superficial acne scars, but it may require several treatments before you see results.
Remove the topmost layer of skin through dermabrasion. Like microdermabrasion, dermabrasion removes skin. However, dermabrasion peels away one or more skin layers, allowing brand new skin to regrow over the entire scarred area, according to the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dermabrasion is effective for fading acne scars, but it can leave the skin swollen and tender for several days after treatment.
Obtain collagen injections at the scar site. Commonly, acne scarring results in indented, or "icepick," scarring. These skin divots can be plumped up with collagen, making them smoother and less noticeable. However, the result is temporary, and you will need new injections every three to 12 months, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Undergo laser therapy for deep acne scarring. Like dermabrasion, laser treatments remove damaged skin, allowing healthier skin to regrow at the scar site, according to the Mayo Clinic. Laser therapy, however, can penetrate to deeper skin layers than dermabrasion treatment. The precision accuracy of laser therapy also helps prevent unwanted irritation to nearby healthy tissue. Some swelling and redness is common after treatment.
Surgically remove the acne scarring with a punch graft. The University of Alabama at Birmingham recommends punch grafting for deep scars. During the surgery, a hole is punched through the skin, removing the scar. Once the scarred skin is removed from the body, a healthy host or donor skin sample is placed at the scar site. Surgical scarring will result, but the incision scar is fainter than a deep acne scar.
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