“The most important advice to anyone suffering breakouts is ‘don’t pick!’ Remember, acne scars are the visible remainders of tissue damage: popping, picking or squeezing pimples, can lead to deep indentations” Sarah Hudson
What causes an Acne Scar?
A clogged pore leads to the pore becoming inflamed and filling with pus, and so, the more inflamed the lesion, the more likely you’ll develop acne scarring. Papules (blind pimples), pustules (pus pimples) and cysts will more than often result in acne scarring if left untreated.
How are Acne Scars treated?
An acne scar results from an acne lesion. Think of it as the body’s own way to heal itself and clean away the damage (pus) and inflammation that unfortunately results in a breakdown of collagen in the skin. The most effective treatments then are those that stimulate collagen production.
“One of the most rewarding treatments to use on acne-scarred skin is skin needling. After only one treatment skin is visibly changed and scarring reduced” SH
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Also known as collagen induction therapy, RF Micro-Needling breaks up fibrous and uneven scar tissue, encouraging the growth of healthy new tissue. Where traditional skin resurfacing methods such as deep chemical peels, dermabrasion and some laser treatments can evaporate the skin’s surface, leading to a thinner epidermis, skin needling keeps the integrity of the epidermis intact, which reduces healing time and causes less pain. There is also very little risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), which is a concern when treating darker skins.
“I have been very fortunate to work along-side Dr Phillip Bekhor from Laser Dermatology, treating highly scarred skins. I have seen such fantastic results in skin regeneration with Vivace and it works particularly well on young skin, especially if they have completed a course of Roaccutane” SH
What Can I Expect?
Mild pain is associated with this treatment. Micro-needles penetrate the skin delivering a RF energy which gently heats tissue deep in the skin, the wound-healing cascade is triggered thus stimulating the production of collagen. Growth factors flood the area and stimulate fibroblast production and activity. The production of a base of healthy new collagen is the result and this process continues for months – building healthy skin and volume within scarred areas.
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“Clinical results have shown that topical vitamin A helps to significantly increase the composition of collagen, skin thickness and elasticity, resulting in a healthier-looking skin” SH
Natural fruit acids gently exfoliate dull cells while gently unplugging congested pores and discouraging imperfections. It’s vitamin A mimicking ingredient further increases cell turnover.
Vitamin A Complex is a lightweight exfoliating serum which is well tolerated by post-acne skin. Vitamin A smooths the skin and stimulates collagen production adding density to the skin’s surface.
Cosmedix Reflect is a chemical-free, water-based physical sunscreen that provides hydration and protection all in one.
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