INDIVIDUAL TREATMENT FOR YOUR SKIN
Acne scars are more than skin deep
Acne and Acne scars are a common problems, believed to affect as many as eight out of ten people aged between 11 and 30 in the UK, but even when the initial acne disappears it can leave a lasting impact on sufferers, both psychologically and physically, and the team at the Specialist Skin Clinic in Cardiff treat many patients who cannot avoid seeing the lingering marks and scars of acne every time that they look in the mirror.
The psychological problems occur because acne typically hits us in our teenage years, when hormones are raging and we tend to be more emotionally fragile as it is, even without the taunts and bullying that acne sufferers can often be prey to. For the more resilient among us, this teasing can be forgotten, but for some the emotional scars left behind can mean clinical improvement of your skin condition doesn’t necessarily make you feel better inside.
Making it even more difficult to forget your acne and the problems it has created are the physical scars it can leave behind. Acne scarring can not only be disfiguring but also serve as a constant reminder that you once suffered from acne.
What can be done about acne scarring?
Firstly, it should be noted that there is a difference between acne marks and acne scars, which anyone whose acne has only recently gone away should be aware of. Acne marks are the dark spots left behind after a spot has gone away – they usually disappear when you stretch the skin. The problem is known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmention and is treatable, although these marks often resolve themselves after a few months.
Acne scars, on the other hand are permanent indentations in the skin, which are caused by collagen damage. These will need to be treated by a skin specialist or dermatologist if you want to see a real improvement.
Here at the Specialist Skin Clinic, we offer a number of treatments including laser treatment to remove acne scarring in Cardiff, Wales. The laser energy is delivered directly into the scarred skin, triggering the body’s natural healing process. Collagen production is stimulated and healthy new skin will develop to replace the older, damaged tissue. Other techniques which can be used included microneedling or radiofrequency treatments depending on the severity of the scars and also on the patient’s skin type. Occasionally additional treatment with fillers is required for the deepest scars. Patients have the option to choose less aggressive treatments for acne scarring which do not damage the surrounding, healthy skin so downtime is minimal. Sometimes more aggressive treatments are needed for those with more severe problems.
All acne scarring treatment is performed by one of our qualified skin experts and supervised by Dr Maria Gonzalez. If you are interested in acne scarring treatment in Wales, please call the team at our Cardiff skin clinic to book a consultation.