Acne may be easy to treat, but it becomes a bigger problem once scars develop on the skin, especially on the face. Some 5% of teens and young adults who have acne will be left with the appearance of acne scars. And of course it is not only acne that can causes scars.
We like to think that we can treat acne
and any scars in a more natural way but there are other methods to explore too.
Micro-needling is one new method
This is a device that delivers tiny needle pricks in an attempt to stimulate the skin's natural healing processes - with the help of radio-frequency. Its aim is to help to grow collagen. Dermatologists and aestheticians have started to offer the treatment while home devices are also available. Understandably, dermatologists are warning about home use because of the risk of infection and further scarring while there have been cases of an allergic reaction to serum applied after therapy.
How does it work?
According to the manufacturers, these micro-needling devices come with (a) rollers complete with wheels of needles and (b) pens with a cluster of needles at the tip. When they are applied to the affected area, the slight injury they inflict stimulates the growth of collagen under the skin to then improve the appearance of some scars and even wrinkles.
Dermatologists have confirmed good success rates for this method (after four to six treatment sessions) when used for sunken areas on the skin caused by acne. However, it has not been successful for those deep narrow scars known as ice pick scars.
This expensive process can also be used to help smooth out small wrinkles
, such as those around the eyes and on the upper lip. The recovery period is a couple of days and a warning comes with the treatment to be cautious not to apply any skin-care products afterwards that have not been specifically tested for use with the devices.
Another new development in handling scars
Here is a controversial idea. There is a tattoo app that has been designed to help women (who have undergone mastectomies) to hide any scars. The organization known as P.ink has released Inkspiration, an app that gives women a preview of how a particular tattoo would look on their bodies.
The co-founder, Noel Franus, explained: “"When you've had a mastectomy, whether you've had plastic surgery or not, you're still going to have scar tissue. Many survivors who are not 'tattoo people' are suddenly open to it.
With this app, a woman can take a picture of the appropriate area of her body, paste a tattoo on to it, and see if she likes the result. The app also displays body types with common forms of scar tissue that may result from mastectomies. Obviously, anything that can help a woman through this difficult time is to be commended although tattoos are not necessarily a safe option.
More conventional scar treatments
We have written about different types of treatment
including surgery, laser surgery, cryosurgery and micro-dermabrasion in our earlier post.
Meanwhile, there are many home remedies that can be used to treat scars and you can find more information on eight of these here
Yes, essential oils are the ingredients supplied by Mother nature to treat and soothe the skin, working on all types of scars. The easiest application is to use H-Scars Formula which is specially formulated and quickly goes to work (when applied to the affected area) with its cell regenerating and skin nourishing properties, safely and gently reducing the appearance of new and older scars as well as keloid scars.
The natural remedy can be used on fresh wounds that have closed over, reducing the appearance of keloids even before they occur