How to Treat and Prevent Acne Scars

Do you know that there are over 60 million Americans with active acne? With such high numbers, you can bet that there many people who have and will develop permanent acne scarring over time. But you don’t have to be a statistic. There are many ways to prevent acne scarring, and for those of you who feel hopeless, do not fear. ClarityMD is here to guide you down the path to beautiful, healthy skin that will make you feel confident once again. So, let’s start with the basics.

What is acne?

Acne is a term used when pores become clogged causing pimples or cysts that commonly protrude from the skin causing red bumps or whiteheads, or comedones. When the pore becomes damaged, it will allow bacteria and dead skin to infect the skin causing red, noticeable areas we call “pimples”. When the problem is located deeper in the skin, we call them “cysts”. Cysts tend to be more painful, larger, and in some cases hardened nodules. No matter the case, they all follow the same lifecycle, clogged pores > bacterial growth >infection.

How can you prevent acne?

Many times you might feel like you are fighting an uphill battle. You search high and low at every store or scour online articles and magazines for the next thing that might offer a glimmer of help and hope. However, acne is more than a short-term problem. In most cases, acne is an issue that you will manage over time with proper treatment. Since there are different types of acne, let’s look at common treatments.

Present acne

Find a plan that treats issues such as redness, irritation, blackheads, breakouts, oiliness. This is commonly achieved through topical medications.

Future acne

Exercise preventative measures by working to keep pores cleansed and open to keep from future breakouts.

Past acne

Look for a treatment that addresses textural damage, pigmentation, or scarring. This is where we will spend most of our time.

We know that no one wants to walk around with red bumps or whiteheads on their skin. It can be embarrassing and discouraging. While most people take to picking and popping, this will only lead to further breakouts and damage. We put a short list together of tips to keep you from scarring your skin.

  • Do not touch your face. This will can lead to irritation and add excess oil to your skin.
  • Wash your face on a regular basis with non-drying face wash.
  • Change your pillowcases frequently.
  • Moisturize your skin, and use acne-safe SPF.
  • Avoid processed and greasy foods. Opt for something natural like fruits and vegetables.
  • Clean your makeup brushes on a regular basis.
  • Ask our staff about proper topical treatments.
  • Exfoliate away dead skin cells.
  • Always remove makeup before you go to bed.
  • Rinse your skin with cool water instead of hot water. This will keep bacteria from growing.
  • Drink plenty of water.

These might seem extremely basic, but the small steps can help you make major progress in preventing acne and future scarring. However, in some cases, more physician-based practices might be the best bet. Lucky for you, our physician-guided staff offers unbelievable services that can help you get your skin back on track and beat those unwanted acne scars. Let’s take a look at what we offer.

Sublative Rejuvenation (eMatrix)

Sublative Rejuvenation (eMatrix) is an FDA-cleared, quick procedure that helps treat acne scars as well as redness. The appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is also improved by stimulating collagen production. This is a great choice for those who want little recovery time following treatment and immediate results after the first treatment.

Laser Genesis Rejuvenation

Laser Genesis Rejuvenation is an advanced skincare solution that has the ability to treat excessive acne, skin redness, noticeable pores, texture irregularity, and fine lines. Benefits of this option include a comfortable, non-ablative treatment with no downtime. This is also effective in the treatment of Rosacea.

Collagen PIN

For deeper acne scars we use a skin smoothing process called Collagen PIN or “microneedling.” . This treatment will bring back healthy looking skin by revitalizing the appearance of your skin’s texture, improving scars and erasing pigment.

If you would like to learn more about our services or would like to discuss how we can help you, click here to speak with one of team members.