10 Treatments for acne scarring

August 22, 2018

For the 80 percent of patients, ages 11-30, treated for acne vulgaris, scarring can be problematic. Atrophic scars are most common, but, treatment options are available. POSSIBLE THERAPIES Lasers for acne scarring treatment use monochromatic light to deliver heat, stimulating dermal fibroblasts to replace lost collagen and elastin. Lasers fall into two categories: ablative and non-ablative. Another treatment option, dermabrasion to remove the epidermis with or without the dermis and significantly define scar edges. It's effective for well-defined scars with distinct borders and broad-based scars with indistinct borders, but not for icepick or deep boxcar scars. Chemical peels can treat small depressed scars. Microneedling skin pricks eventually lead to collagen production, making skin smoother and improving rolling acne scars. It's also advantageous because it keeps the epidermis in tact. Injectable fillers can bolster soft tissue in soft atrophic scars. FUTURE TREATMENTS FOR ACNE SCARRING Data shows autologous platelet rich plasma (PRP) accelerates wound healing, the authors wrote. It improves tissue repair by releasing growth factors, cytokines, and chemokines. It works well when paired with microneedling due to the pathway for wounds to absorb PRP. When used as an intradermal injection and a topical application after fractional ablative CO2 therapy, laser-damaged skin recovers better and acne scars are less obvious. http://www.dermatologytimes.com/current-and-emerging-treatments-acne/10-treatments-acne-scarring


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