If you’ve suffered from acne in the past, and you’ve been left with scarring, there’s a high chance that you’ve tried many of the creams and ointments out there, in the hope of finding a cure. For many acne sufferers, scars can almost seem like double punishment – first dealing with spots themselves and then being left with the marks as a constant reminder.
Types of Acne
Acne lesions (also known as pimples) happen when your hair follicles (or pores) on your skin become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. A plugged follicle is the perfect place for bacteria to grow and create the red bumps which can amount to acne.
There are roughly three different types of acne that comes in different forms:
- Mild acne generally causes whiteheads or blackheads but doesn’t get out of hand or cause painful red spots
- Moderate acne can create red, inflamed pimples (papules) and red pimples with white centres (pustules)
- Severe acne causes painful, pus-filled cysts or lumps (nodules) under the skin
The most serious type of scarring is usually caused by the more severe forms of acne, with nodules more likely to leave permanent scars.
What Can I Do About Acne Scarring?
In the first instance, the best approach is to get professional treatment for acne soon after it appears to prevent further severe acne and more scarring. It’s best to see your doctor or dermatologist for advice as they may be able to prescribe something to help reduce the acne in the first place.
If you’ve not had acne in a while but have been left with scarring, treatments such as IPL or micro-needling can be hugely successful with reducing these types of scar. SkinBase treatments are ideal for healing the skin and boosting your confidence. In particular, SkinBase microdermabrasion is beneficial in reducing signs of acne scarring, but it can also help those suffering from active mild-to-moderate breakouts of acne.