You Don't Have to Live With Acne Scars—Here's How to Get Rid of Them

You Don't Have to Live With Acne Scars—Here's How to Get Rid of Them

The onslaught of acne can be so severe that new pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads appear before the old ones heal. This constant reinfection leaves pitting, bumps, and permanent scars behind. But these scars don’t need to be permanent. Board-certified cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgeon Matthew J. Lynch, MD, offers Advanced laser skin resurfacing treatment that reduces lingering redness while smoothing uneven skin left after acne outbreaks.

When acne is active

Acne outbreaks are typically a teen issue since hormone activity is often a key contributor. You’re more likely to experience severe acne when androgens are overactive, a common condition during puberty.

Skin can also overproduce the oils that moisturize and protect your skin, and this can lead to dead skin cells sticking to the surface, rather than flaking or washing away. The mixture of oil and skin cells are an ideal environment for certain bacteria to grow, particularly when the mixture collects in hair follicles.

These blockages can form whiteheads or blackheads, depending on whether they’re beneath the skin or exposed to air. When the blockages support enough bacteria to start an infection then pimples develop. These infections are slow to heal, so when further pimples develop and overlap the sites of previous infections, pits and bumps can appear on your skin’s collagen matrix, resulting in scars and redness.

The laser approach to scar reduction

Laser skin resurfacing delivers concentrated light into your skin in short pulses or a continuous stream. The process generates heat under the top layer of your skin, removing the thin surface layer to stimulate new collagen production in the deeper layers.

Collagen promotes new skin cell growth. By triggering your body’s collagen production, laser skin resurfacing rejuvenates your appearance, minimizing scarring and pigmentation issues. 

Laser therapy is non-invasive. You may feel the heat, tingling, or a sensation similar to a rubber band snapping on your skin during treatment. Common side effects include redness and swelling, which should resolve within a few days. The number of treatments required depends on the severity of your scars and your skin goals. 

The collagen matrix

Collagen typically forms a smooth matrix that provides surface skin with volume, moisture, and elasticity, but when skin suffers damage, this matrix may be disrupted by the needs of the injury. Raised, light-colored scars, for example, can form at the site of sharp cuts as you heal. This unevenness due to injury repair is the reason behind acne scars.

With laser treatment, artificial damage over a wide area stimulates the replacement of clumped collagen with a new matrix. The depth of scars and skin discoloration are typically reduced with each laser treatment.

Don’t wait

If you’re tired of embarrassing acne scars, get rid of them. To learn more, call our office in East Windsor, NJ, or book a consultation online today. 

*Individual results may vary.

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