Acne has Left Evidence Behind. Here's what you can do about it!
Acne is a problem for many young people, a problem that can extend into adulthood in some cases. In addition to the desire to clear the skin of blackheads, pimples, cysts, and redness, patients who struggle with acne also face concerns related to scarring.
What to know about Acne Scarring
When we are young and starting our own struggle with breakouts, we are often told that "picking" will lead to scars; that we must leave our face alone if we want to see its freshness again after the acne storm has passed. If only the issue of acne scarring were that easy.
Acne lesions that are inflamed, such as cysts beneath the skin or pustules and papules on the surface, can result in a scar. These inflammatory lesions develop in pores that have become swollen with debris such as dead skin cells and oil. Throw in the natural bacteria that live on the skin and you have the perfect recipe for dermatologic disaster.
Inflammatory acne involves swelling and rupture of the engorged pores within the follicles. When rupture occurs, the infected debris is absorbed by surrounding tissue, which excites an immune response. The influx of collagen that appears beneath the surface may form fibers that don't look nearly as neat and clean as before. The visible effect? Scars.
Acne scarring used to be a concern that adults would have to live with for a lifetime. Today, we have technologies that enable us to restore better health to the epidermis. At Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center, patients benefit from one-on-one care and modern techniques.
- Fraxel laser resurfacing. Laser treatments have taken the dermatologic world by storm. We use lasers frequently in our Seattle and Renton offices to refresh skin that has been affected by sun damage, age, and, yes, acne. Fraxel treatments encourage healthy collagen rebuilding by affecting hundreds of tiny microspots across the surface.
- INFINI. The INFINI radiofrequency treatment is popular for individuals who want to achieve dramatic results with minimal downtime. The focused delivery of radiofrequency energy below the epidermis prompts a sustained increase in collagen which, over time, beautifully renews the appearance of the skin.