You Don't Have to Live With Acne Scars: Here's What to Do About Them

Those inflamed, red blemishes that were the bane of your teen years left their marks on your face. Now you have scars. But just as effective therapies for acne now exist, so do remedies for acne scars.

At Rejuvenate Weight Loss & Wellness in Jackson, and Henderson, Tennessee, we offer a number of treatments that help you smooth out your scars and improve your complexion. Best of all, acne-scar remedies make your skin look radiant, young, and healthy.

Why you get acne scars

When you have an inflamed acne lesion — such as a pimple, cyst, or nodule —the collection of sebum, dead skin cells, and bacteria push against your pore walls. The pore eventually swells and ruptures. 

As your skin tries to repair the damaged pore walls, it rushes in collagen proteins to rebuild them. However, the repairs are hasty and haphazard, which is why the scar looks different from your normal, healthy skin. Scars are usually:

Hypertrophic

Too much collagen creates raised areas that look and feel different from surrounding skin. The scars may be darker in color, too. 

Keloids

Keloids are a type of hypertrophic scar that extends beyond the borders of the original injury. Keloids tend to grow bigger over time. People with dark skin are more prone to this difficult-to-treat type of scar.

Atrophic 

Atrophic scars are depressions in your skin caused by insufficient collagen in that area. The two main types of atrophic scars are icepick scars, which look like round pinholes in your skin, and boxcar scars, which are shallow pits that can be square, oval, or round like chicken-pox scars.

Non-keloid hypertrophic scars, ice-pick scars, and boxcar scars all respond well to the acne-scar treatments. All of the acne-scar therapies at Rejuvenate Weight Loss & Wellness are based on the principle of collagen remodeling — a process by which your skin rebuilds itself with new proteins so that it’s smoother, clearer, and free of scars.

Laser therapy 

Lasers improve the quality of your skin by triggering a controlled wound-healing process. The heat from the laser signals your body to start repairing your skin with new collagen and elastin. Lasers also tend to remove or resurface your epidermis — the outermost layer of your skin — so that it’s smoother and free of lesions, scars, and fine lines. 

Microneedling

Microneedling is another collagen-induction therapy that helps your skin rebuild itself, smoothing out depressions, wrinkles, and other irregularities. We use a special, single-use needle cartridge to create controlled wound channels in your skin. The microwounds also increase the absorbency of skin-nourishing serums by up to 3000%. 

Dermaplaning

With dermaplaning, we gently scrape off the old, dead skin cells on the top of your skin with a specially designed surgical tool, revealing fresher and healthier skin underneath. The dermaplaning process also removes your vellous hairs, otherwise known as peach fuzz, so that your skin can better absorb nutrients and moisturizers. Makeup goes on more smoothly, too.

As with lasers and microneedling, the controlled trauma in the microblading process triggers a healing process in your skin. Over the next weeks to months, your skin rebuilds itself with new collagen for a younger, smoother look.

Chemical peels

Chemical peels remove or loosen the very top layer of your skin so that a newer, healthier layer can shine through. Chemical peels come in a variety of strengths from mild to strong. If you have severe acne scarring, we may recommend a strong acid peel, which ablates (removes) the top layer of your skin.

Strong chemical peels have a two-week healing period. If you opt for a mild chemical peel, you won’t have peeling skin or a red face. You can go back to your normal activities directly after your treatment and get a new, mild peel each month for continued benefits.

To erase the evidence of your old acne, contact us for an acne-scar treatment. https://www.rejuvenate-tennessee.com/services/microneedling You can request an appointment with your favorite expert with our online form, or simply call the friendly staff at one of our offices. 

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