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Effective treatment against Acne Scars – Your total guide for Ladies

“Tsk! Why wouldn’t it go away regardless of what I did? It’s driving me nuts.”- exclaimed C, (whom she liked to be named), with a face full of worries. This issue has been bugging her for years- visible acne scars, red spots, and angry acne developing on her: the frustrating woes of teenage or adult acne, as some may call it. Today, The Tropika Club will be offering you #tips101 on the effective treatment against acne scars.  


No Time to Read? Here’s a Snappy Summary of This Article

  • Introduction: The article explains the different types of acne scars and how they form on the skin.
  • Why is this happening to me?: The article describes the causes of acne scars, such as deep or inflamed acne lesions, popping pimples, and changes in pigmentation.
  • Any prevention methods?: The article suggests some ways to prevent acne scars, such as treating acne early, avoiding picking or squeezing pimples, using gentle skin care products, and wearing sunscreen.
  • My acne scars don’t go away. What are the treatments available?: The article reviews some of the treatments for acne scars, such as microneedling, exfoliation, dermal grafting, and laser therapy.

Let’s start off with identifying the different common types of acne scars. 

  • Ice-pick scars: Deep dot-like scars that are pitted. 
  • Rolling scars: Wavy in appearance, similar to a bumpy road, usually with sloping edges. 
  • Boxcar scars: Similar to rolling scars, but with more obvious, defined edges. 
  • Hypertrophic scars: Scars that protrude from the skin. 

The icepick scar is the most common type of acne scar. Ice pick scars appear after the formation of an infected cyst, which destroys the skin tissue – leaving behind a long narrow scar. It starts off as a mild form of acne called a comedone, formed when oil from the sebaceous glands mixes with dirt or skin cells in hair follicles, blocking it. 

YOU asked: WHY IS THIS HAPPENING TO ME? 

Extract from: https://www.schweigerderm.com/skin-care-articles/acne/the-how-and-why-of-acne-scars/ 

“When acne forms on your skin, your body’s natural healing processes kick in just like they would for an injury or illness. Acne forms when your skin pores get clogged with too much oil and dead skin cells. Sometimes, it appears close to the surface of the skin – which means it will probably heal after a short time with minimal scarring. When acne is rooted farther down in the skin, though, it takes longer to heal. Because this runs deeper and destroys more of your skin tissue, it often leaves scars.  

Those dark marks you sometimes get after a bad outbreak are a different type of scar. Technically, they’re not scars at all, just changes in pigmentation (a technical term for skin colour). Often, the skin that closes over the wound changes colour, texture, or tone. In other cases, the broken blood vessels from a popped lesion leave a mark on your skin. These are what we usually call “dark marks” or hyperpigmentation. 

Even if you don’t pop your acne, you may still see dark red or brown marks appear on your skin from, especially deep or inflamed cases. Don’t panic, though: if you held back from popping that pimple, these marks would usually fade within a few months.” 

 YOU asked: ANY PREVENTION METHODS? 

According to https://www.verywellhealth.com/what-causes-acne-scars-15517, here are some ways which you can prevent acne scars from forming. 

Treat acne as soon as it develops – The best thing you can do is get skin inflammation levelled out as quickly as time permits. Start treating it immediately, and see your primary care physician promptly if your skin inflammation isn’t showing signs of improvement with over-the-counter skin inflammation medications. 

Reduce inflammation – Your goal should always be to calm inflammation and avoid doing anything that will further irritate your skin. Aggressive scrubbing and harsh skincare products should be avoided. 

Don’t squeeze, pop or pick at pimples – In your attempt to pop a pimple that’s not ready to be opened, you risk exposing the inner layers of your skin to bacteria and other irritants. This can make it take longer for your pimple to heal, resulting in other pimples and even permanent scarring on your face. 

Always keep your face clean -Your skin has tiny holes called pores that can become blocked by oil, bacteria, dead skin cells, and dirt. When this occurs, you may develop a pimple or “zit.” If your skin is repeatedly affected by this condition, you may have acne.  

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The Tropika Club highly recommends to practice these self-care activities at home to prevent pimples and clear up your acne. 

  1. Cleansing your face twice a day to remove excess oil and dirt. 
  2. Using make-up that’s water-based or products that are noncomedogenic (otherwise, not pore-clogging). 
  3. DO NOT squeeze pimples- again; we would like to emphasize on the importance of this as it allows the spreads of bacteria and excess oil 
  4. As much as possible, do not touch your face. 
  5. Stress could cause inflammation too! Take it slow if you could.  
  6. It’s always good to wash your hands frequently, especially before applying your daily skincare regime. 
  7. Know your skin well- consult a specialist on what works well for your skin. Buy the products that suit your skin- as long as it doesn’t aggravate the skin. 
  8. Trust us; stress do take a toll on the skin. Take it slow if need be! 
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YOU asked: MY ACNE SCARS DOESN’T GO AWAY. WHAT ARE THE TREATMENTS AVAILABLE? 

We understand acne scars may persist, or sometimes worsen and it might be difficult to treat. Acne is one of the many common problems people faced and The Tropika Club recommend some of the many treatments you may go to. 

MICRONEEDLING

This is a safe, minimally invasive, and effective aesthetic treatment that many other practitioners are doing. In fact, it has proven to be more effective than surgical treatments, laser resurfacing and chemical peels. Not only does it safely remove acne scars, it provides other benefits such as stimulating collagen production and removing wrinkles. 

EXFOLIATION  

Do not underestimate the power of a gentle chemical peel. These wonders offer plenty of excellent options that work on renewing the skin surface, reducing the depth and intensity of acne scarring. In simpler terms, it exfoliates dead and darkened scar skin cells, and kick-start your body’s natural production of collagen. 

DERMAL GRAFTING  

It is a form of skin grafting procedure that is used to treat acne scars or level depressed spots using your natural skin tissues. This helps to enhance the overall skin texture without the use of fillers or implants. Worry not as the procedure takes approximately an hour- you will be able to go home right after the procedure. 

We understand how acne scars can feel like a cruel joke to you, and how it may affect one’s confidence level. However, with the right approach, you will be able to resolve this issue without having to break a sweat.  

As we like to say it, “To better skin ahead”! 


Conclusion

We hope this guide has helped you understand the causes and treatments of acne scars. Acne scars can affect your self-esteem and confidence, but you don’t have to live with them forever. There are many options available to improve the appearance and texture of your skin, from home remedies to professional procedures. The best treatment for you depends on your skin type, the type and severity of your scars, and your budget and preferences. You may need to try different products or combinations of treatments to find what works best for you. Remember to be patient and consistent with your skin care routine, and always consult a dermatologist before starting any new treatment. With proper care and guidance, you can achieve smoother and clearer skin.

At Tropika Club Magazine, we are always on the lookout for the best products and services for our readers. Whether you are looking for a gentle exfoliating cleanser, a potent retinol serum, or a professional microneedling session, we have you covered. Check out our website for more articles, reviews, and recommendations on how to take care of your skin and body. You can also book online appointments with some of the top beauty and wellness providers in Singapore through our platform. Don’t let acne scars hold you back from feeling beautiful and confident. Start your journey to flawless skin today with Tropika Club Magazine!


FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: How long does it take to see results from acne scar treatments?

A: The duration and frequency of acne scar treatments depend on the type and severity of the scars, as well as the individual’s skin condition and healing ability. Some treatments, such as chemical peels and microneedling, may require multiple sessions spaced a few weeks apart to achieve optimal results. Other treatments, such as laser therapy and dermal fillers, may show immediate or gradual improvement over time. In general, it may take several months to see significant improvement in acne scars.

Q: How much does acne scar treatment cost in Singapore?

A: The cost of acne scar treatment in Singapore varies depending on the type of treatment, the extent of the scars, and the clinic or doctor performing the procedure. According to Kosme Aesthetics, the average cost of acne scar treatment in Singapore ranges from $200 to $2,000 per session. Some treatments may be covered by insurance or Medisave if they are deemed medically necessary by a dermatologist.

Q: Are there any side effects or risks of acne scar treatments?

A: Acne scar treatments are generally safe and effective when performed by qualified and experienced professionals. However, as with any medical procedure, there may be some potential side effects or risks involved. These may include pain, swelling, redness, bruising, infection, scarring, pigmentation changes, allergic reactions, or worsening of acne. To minimise these risks, it is important to follow the pre- and post-treatment instructions given by your doctor or therapist. You should also avoid sun exposure, smoking, alcohol, and harsh skin products during the healing process.

Q: How can I prevent acne scars from forming in the first place?

A: The best way to prevent acne scars from forming is to treat acne early and effectively. You should consult a dermatologist if you have moderate to severe acne that does not respond to over-the-counter products or home remedies. You should also avoid picking or popping your pimples, as this can cause inflammation and infection that can lead to scarring. Additionally, you should use gentle and non-comedogenic skin care products that suit your skin type and condition. You should also wear sunscreen daily to protect your skin from sun damage and hyperpigmentation.

Q: Where can I find the best acne scar treatment in Singapore?

A: There are many clinics and doctors that offer acne scar treatment in Singapore. However, not all of them are equally qualified or experienced in this field. To find the best acne scar treatment in Singapore for your needs, you should do some research and compare different options based on their credentials, reputation, reviews, results, and prices. You can also check out Tropika Club Magazine for more articles, reviews, and recommendations on how to take care of your skin and body. You can also book online appointments with some of the top beauty and wellness providers in Singapore through our platform.


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