Acne scars and anti-aging—at first glance one might not think the two could be connected, but the truth is many ingredients and remedies for anti-aging can double as acne scar remedies. I’ve outlined three double-duty solutions below.
- Dermabrasion uses a controlled scraping technique to remove the upper surfaces of the skin to produce a wound that heals with new ski. This has the effect of lowering and smoothening the edges of the acne scars, much like sanding the skin smooth. The process spurs epithelization, a medical term for growing new healthier skin. This can be an effective treatment for medium-depth rolling and/or box car scars. The rejuvenating technique may also reduce the appearance of wrinkles; however, as this treatment can be intense and may require anesthesia the decision should not be taken lightly.
- Laser Peels refers to a variety of lasers used for acne scars that fall into nonablative and ablative categories. Nonablative lasers heat the lower layers of the skin without making a wound at the surface. The heating effect stimulates new collagne formation and improves the skin. Ablative lasers work much like dermabrasion: the superficial layers of the skin are removed creating a wound that heals with new smoother skin. While highly effective, lasers may involve significant cost and downtime for healing
- Chemical Peels work by creating a controlled breakdown of surface skin, prompting a recovery process during which new, replacement layers are generated by the body’s healing mechanisms. Peels can increase the production of collagen, elastin and aminoglycans leading to a smoother skin appearance—helpful for diminishing the appearance of scars or wrinkles. Depending on the level of peel, patients may want to lay low for a few days while the skin heels.
- Dermal Fillers are an injectable treatment that correct by filling problem areas. A new FDA-approved treatment option for acne scars, Bellafill®, adds volume to the skin to lift and smooth out pitted acne scars to the level of the surrounding skin. The long-lasting treatment is a simple, in-office procedure with minimal to no downtime. Additionally, Bellafill® has been FDA-approved for the treatment of nasolabial folds, or smile lines, since 2008.
Remember, it’s important to consult with your physician to determine the best course of action to treat acne scars and/or wrinkles and laugh lines.