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The 3 Types Of Acne Scars And How To Treat Them

By SL Aesthetic Clinic
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According to SingHealth, acne affects 88% of adolescents, half of whom have moderate or severe forms of the skin condition. Though acne commonly occurs in adolescence due to hormonal changes, it can persist to adulthood or even begin to appear in adulthood for the first time due to stress or environmental factors.

Coming to terms with the odd pop-ups on your face is one thing, but dealing with the scars that acne leaves behind is another. These scars can cause stress and affect your confidence.

Thankfully, various acne scar removal in Singapore are available on the aesthetic treatments market today. Let’s look at the three types of acne scars and some acne scar removal treatments you can find in Singapore.

The 3 Types Of Acne Scars     

“Scarring” is a process in which new collagen fibers are formed to heal an injury. Acne breakouts on your skin are often caused by excess oil, dead skin and bacteria that are engorged in your pores. These breakouts damage your skin and underlying tissues. As the breakout begins to clear, your body attempts to repair the damage, but this process often does not bring your skin back to its original, flawless state.

This is because the appearance and visibility of your scars depend on how much collagen your body produces. Collagen is a protein that is responsible for supporting your skin.

Let’s look at the three most common types of acne scars.

Atrophic Scars  

What are they?     

Also known as indented scars due to their appearance, atrophic scars form when your skin is unable to generate new tissues properly. When the damage to your skin destroys the underlying collagen or layers of fat, the healing process results in imbalanced scars and depressed skin texture.

Atrophic scars are usually caused by chickenpox, severe acne or mole removal, and they can be classified into three groups:   

Ice Pick Scars    

Atrophic scars resemble deep pores and are typically narrow and small.

Boxcar Scars     

Boxcar scars can develop as a result of acne and chickenpox. They do not have regular shapes and come with defined edges and flat bottoms.

Rolling Scars     

Rolling scars can be  narrow, wide, deep or shallow, though they are usually not as deep as ice pick scars. They do not have visible edges and usually appear on your cheeks in a wave-like form.

Hypertrophic Scars   

What Is It?   

Hypertrophic scars are thick, raised scars that form within the boundary of a wound. They’re an abnormal response to injury healing where extra connective tissues are produced, resulting in a raised scar.

When the damage to your skin is only minor and to the topmost layer, your skin will heal evenly as new skin is formed. However, when the damage to your skin is worse and affects the deeper layers, your body will repair the damage by also releasing collagen.

Collagen is thicker and less flexible than skin, and causes obvious scarring. Scars for normal wounds are flat. When the wounds are worse and your body releases extra collagen, the scars are raised.

Keloid Scars  

What Is It?     

Keloid scars are thick, raised, lumpy and grow over the boundaries of a wound. They often appear in a few shades darker than your skin colour. Keloid scars are typically shiny, hard, hairless and rubbery. They are also raised above the skin due to the overproduction of collagen.

What sets them apart from hypertrophic scars is the level of growth of the connective tissues that are produced during the healing of the wound. Hypertrophic scars are extra connective tissues that grow within the wound limits, but keloid scars are tissues that extend beyond those limits.

Treatment Options for Acne Scars    

Though acne scars are generally non-fatal and only cause mild itchiness and irritation, they can badly affect a person’s emotions and mental state. Thankfully, through safe and reliable aesthetic treatments, we can remove and reduce the appearance of acne scars.

Acne removal Singapore enhance your appearance, boost your confidence, and promote better skin health. Here are several treatment options you can consider to improve or remove your acne scars:

Laser Therapy     

Laser therapy targets the affected area with a beam of light. This triggers the tissue and stimulates it for repair. After several laser therapy sessions, the scar’s texture will gradually appear like the skin surrounding it. This treatment option can reduce the scar’s appearance to a great extent and, in some cases, almost completely remove signs of the scar.

Dermal Fillers     

This treatment option is also referred to as soft-tissue fillers, as the concept of this treatment is based on augmenting your soft-tissues.

Dermal fillers are made of collagen, proteins or aesthetic acids and are directly injected into the targeted scar area. The fillers plump up the scar tissues and produce immediate effects like giving your skin a more rejuvenated and luminous appearance within a few days of treatment. Some filler brands include Juvederm, Restylane and Belotero.

However, you would need to repeat this treatment annually to retain its effect, as the results are not extensively long-lasting.

Chemical Peeling     

Chemicals like glycolic acid, phenol, and salicylic acid are effective for acne scars removal treatment. They are placed as a peel on your skin. They will replace the layer of your skin that was affected by acne and stimulate the growth of new skin layers.

Fractional Erbium Laser

Fractional Erbium Laser is a skin-correcting treatment that effectively reduces acne scars and refines skin texture with minimal downtime.

You don’t have to live with scars anymore! Get in touch with SL Aesthetic Clinic for consultation.

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Acne scars are stubborn, and there is no single solution for all types of acne scars due to the different nature of acne scars, in terms of the depth of tissue impairment and the effort it requires to restore your skin tone and texture. This is why it is best you seek professional advice on the acne scar removal in Singapore that best suits your scars, to achieve optimum results.

At SL Aesthetic Clinic, we believe the end goal for seeking quality and reliable aesthetic treatments is to become the best version of yourself. We provide an array of FDA-approved and CE-marked medical aesthetic treatments. You can be assured that your skin is in good hands at SL Aesthetic Clinic!

Empower yourself – contact SL Aesthetic Clinic today to book your consultation session with our experienced professionals!

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