Pitted acne scars occur as a result of a serious form of facial acne that is often exacerbated by picking, rubbing or squeezing the blemishes (pimples). Scar tissue forms and takes a concaved shape that leaves a depression where the blemish once was. This is known as pitting and the effect can be spread throughout large portions of the face. If left untreated, pitting can last a lifetime and leave its victims with a myriad of psychosocial issues such as low self-esteem.
Pitted acne scar treatment has fewer techniques than the more minor forms of acne. Though some chemicals such as scar reducing creams, peels and facial washes may have some positive results, more invasive techniques are often needed. Some of these techniques include surgical procedures such as laser treatments or dermabrasion procedures.
Laser treatment for pitted acne scar removal has become one of the best surgical solutions today. A directed beam of light containing a high temperature is used over the affected areas. The result is the death of the scar tissue that eventually sloughs off providing an environment for the growth of new skin cells. These new cells are healthy and may be free of scar tissue. The problem with laser scar removal lies in the fact that several treatments are usually required. Coupled with the high costs of outpatient surgical procedures, laser treatments for pitted acne scarring can be too expensive for many sufferers. Potentially poor results for darker skin tones have been an issue in the past. However, as the technology around laser skin treatments develops, there may someday be virtually no contraindications for anyone wishing to utilize this technique.
Dermabrasion is also one of the best techniques for the treatment of pitted acne scars. This technique requires the extensive use of abrasives in much the same manner as sandpaper is used to smooth out wood. With dermabrasion or micro-dermabrasion, a buffing devise containing very fine abrasives is used repeatedly over time to smooth out the skin surface affected by pitted acne scarring. This extreme form of exfoliation can be very effective for many who suffer from pitted acne scars. Some of the adverse effects from dermabrasion can be further scarring of the facial tissue or infection. Several treatments are usually prescribed for optimum results.
The simplest and least invasive method for treating a pitted acne scar, is massaging it. The proper manual manipulation of the scar may result in the breaking up of the scar tissue itself. This allows for new, healthy tissue to form in the affected area. Steady and even pressure with a circular motion is the best method for massaging a pitted acne scar.
After any pitted acne scar removal procedure, good aftercare of the skin is required. The use of cleansing creams, facial washes and lotions can assist in the healing of pitted acne scars. Sunscreen is important in protecting the skin against further damage. The skin of the face becomes hypersensitive to environmental factors such as wind, sun, temperature and precipitation. Pollution can also inhibit the process of healing to some degree. Careful consideration when choosing more invasive techniques for removing pitted acne scars should be considered. Long-term results coupled with the overall costs are like the largest factors in the decision making process.