Acne can be problematic at the best of times, and few people want to be left with reminders of past outbreaks. This is why leftover post-acne marks or acne scars can be sources of distress. Fortunately, these skin ailments are easily treatable with the right amount of know-how. Here’s a quick primer on post-acne marks and scars so you can better tell them apart and know the best way to get these blemishes off your skin.
What Are Post-Acne Marks?
A post-acne mark is a dark or reddened spot that appears in the wake of a pimple’s disappearance. These discolorations can be distressing, but it is important to note that they are not true scars. Instead, they are a form of post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation. An acne lesion involves an inflammatory response from the body, and part of this response can involve distortions in the area’s pigmentation. In paler skin tones, this often results in red, pinkish, or sometimes purple spots. In darker tones, the spots can be brown or black. The hyper-pigmentation will fade on its own, but this can take anywhere from six months to a full year.
What Are Acne Scars?
An acne scar occurs when there is actual destruction of skin tissue or collagen often as a result of bacteria that may have set up within the pimple. Like with any wound, the body will respond with a healing process that creates new, fibrous tissue. This is not an exact process and the result can sometimes be too little tissue (leading to a depressed pockmark) or too much tissue (a keloid or hypertrophic scar). The chance of any given pimple developing into an acne scar depends on how deep and inflamed the lesion becomes as well as how often you pick at it.
Treatments for Post-Acne Marks
If you prefer not to wait up to a year for the marks to go away on their own, there are treatments that can be used to speed up the process. Various topical treatments can be applied to help ease the inflammatory response, provoke collagen production, or otherwise encourage cell turnover to replace the extra-pigmented skin cells with normal ones. Laser treatments are the best way to eliminate hyperpigmentation of acne and the Spectra Peel dual-action laser is the top approach in this category. A Spectra Peel laser is non-ablative, meaning it doesn’t destroy the skin. It is a true resurfacing treatment that will remove the marks and allow for your skin to regenerate the top layer of the epidermis without those blemishes.
Treatments for Acne Scars
Acne scars do not heal on their own since, by definition, they only result when the body finishes its own restoration process. As far as your skin is concerned, the scar is a job well done even if you personally disagree. Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) can be used to destroy the scar tissue and promote new skin growth, stimulate the skin, and encourage it to make new collagen to restore proper levels and help form new blood vessels to ensure proper nourishment. In other words, PRP makes your skin heal itself again—but properly this time.
Get PRP and Spectra Peel Treatments at the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic
The Anti Aging Toronto Clinic prides itself on using the latest clinical methods to give clients the beauty they deserve. Our popular Platelet-Rich Plasma and Spectra Peel laser treatments are just two ways this dedication is shown. We support our clients being able to make the right, informed decisions about skin care and strive to always provide the best acne and acne scar treatments in Toronto. Feel free to contact us by phone at 416.546.4664 or by e-mail at info@AntiAgingToronto.ca to ask any questions. Our skincare specialists can also offer you a tour of our Toronto facilities.