The good thing about acne is that it is a temporary condition. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of acne scars. These unsightly marks are the result of the body making an abnormal attempt to heal the inflammation brought on by dead skin and bacteria that collects in pimples. Broadly speaking, acne scars are either the result of collagen being lost during the healing process or collagen being overproduced. More specifically, acne scars come in atrophic or hypertrophic types.
Atrophic Acne Scars
These are the result of collagen being destroyed in part of the skin during the healing process. There are three main varieties.
Ice-pick scars: These are a series of small holes that, as the name suggests, look like someone went at your skin with an ice pick. While small, they can be surprisingly deep.
Rolling scars: Patches of skin that have a rounding, drooping edge. The name comes from how the skin appears to be rolling if multiple scars are clustered together. Rolling scars become more pronounced as the skin loses elasticity with age.
Boxcar scars: Similar to rolling scars, but usually smaller and with a more defined edge.
Atrophic scars are the result of collagen being destroyed and not sufficiently replaced. Hypertrophic scars are at the opposite end of the spectrum. Normally, the body forms collagen to more-or-less match the amount lost. In hypertrophic scarring, it creates too much. The result is a raised, thick mark over the site of the damage. In some cases, the scar can even be red or itchy.
Hypertrophic scars tend to stay within the confines of the damaged area. In some cases, however, the scar tissue can become highly excessive and spread well beyond its normal boundaries. This creates a fibrous mass known as a keloid scar. Keloids are firm, slightly rubbery masses that—although benign—can still cause a fair amount of distress.
Why The Spectra Peel Dual Action Laser Helps
What all of these scar types have in common is that the body doesn’t recognize that something’s wrong. It got rid of the pimple and the infection so it thinks the job is done. The purpose of the Spectra Peel laser is to point out that this isn’t the case. The Spectra Peel Dual-Action laser is non-ablative, which means that it doesn’t burn away layers of skin; instead, it pokes and provokes your body’s regeneration systems. This spurs the restoration of proper collagen levels and the formation of new blood vessels, ensuring that proper balance and beauty is restored to your skin.
Anti Aging Toronto Clinic prides itself on being pioneers in the latest clinical methods and technology for treating many forms of skin ailments. Our Spectra Peel laser is just one tool in our arsenal dedicated to helping you get the clear, beautiful skin you deserve. Click here for more information about our acne scar treatments, or contact us to arrange an appointment or ask any questions. Our skin care specialists are more than happy to answer any queries or offer you a tour of our Toronto facilities.