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Is acne scarring permanent?

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Because it contains the word ‘scarring’, the phrase acne scarring sounds scarily permanent. When we think of scars, we think of wounds that couldn’t or didn’t heal properly so we’re sadly stuck with the cards (or skin) we have been dealt. We think they’re with us for life, when actually we can exercise some degree of control over them. Acne scarring doesn’t have to be permanent when the right treatment is used to combat its prevalence, so beating acne yet settling for scarring doesn’t have to be reality. With specially tailored treatments from James Willis Faces, could acne scarring be treated and softened?


Why does acne scarring occur?

As those who have suffered acne will surely tell you, certain prescription medicines designed to help you clear your skin can also be very aggressive. Sufferers are warned not to pop their spots because the skin is in trauma. During particularly aggressive bouts, spots become inflamed and infected which cause the body to try and heal them. As soon as they burst or are popped, as opposed to being left to dry out naturally, the skin reacts hastily. In order to protect the body from further infection and to close the open wound, it rapidly produces fresh skin cells and collagen to close this gap. These skin fibres don’t knit together properly, creating scarring that is cratered or a different colour to the rest of your skin tone. This kind of scarring is common for spots that are picked at or popped, but larger spots can stretch the pores too and create pock-like scarring.


However, acne scarring isn’t just these bumps and indents in the skin. Hyperpigmentation and skin tone changes are also recognised as acne scarring. This is because when the skin tries to heal an open or burst spot, it creates fresh skin cells hastily. Because they’ve been produced so quickly, these skin cells aren’t always the same colour as our existing skin tone. This leads to patches of lighter or darker areas in our skin that make it seem irregular.


How do you treat acne scarring?

We treat acne scarring by stimulating the same processes that created them, but in a much more controlled and far less aggressive way. Acne is caused by overactive sebaceous glands in the skin, so we use topical treatments to act on the very surface of the skin. This helps to remodel the skin from the outside without prompting a traumatic reaction from it.


We use Dermaroller for this purpose, an advanced form of microneedling. Tiny needles are used to create miniscule pinpricks in the skin, penetrating it to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. These needle columns are tiny and close almost immediately after they’re opened, but they work beneath the skin very effectively. Fresh collagen and skin cells are produced to heal the skin from the inside-out, encouraging the body to shed the damaged and dying skin cells on its surface. This works to level out and ‘push’ the acne scarring out of your skin.


Skin peels are also used for more mild acne scarring and pigmentation changes. These peels contain a regulated amount of acid and chemicals that are lightly applied to the surface of your skin. They immediately start to dry out and exfoliate away the dead, damaged, and dying skin cells present. The skin is naturally prompted to replace these with fresh skin cells, evening out pock-like scarring and adding an even tone to pigmented skin.

Dermal fillers are another advanced treatment that we at James Willis Faces in Devon. For those who are experiencing rather deep acne scarring, a small injection of dermal filler into the treatment area adds volume to ‘fill out’ the dimple. Dermal filler closely replicates hyaluronic acid, a natural skin protein found in the body vital to skin volume and laxity, so it’s safe to use for this purpose.


Acne scarring isn’t permanent, then, because with advanced aesthetic treatments you can reintroduce health and vitality to your skin. Smooth unwanted acne scarring, even out unwanted pigmentation, and restore confidence with treatments from our Devon aesthetics clinic. Enquire online or call 01803 864407 today to book your consultation.