Non-surgical treatments help beat persistent acne say clinicians

Millions of people suffer from residual acne scars, brought about by a number of causes, but these are now being treated effectively by a number of non-surgical cosmetic procedures. Light therapies, collagen injections and dermabrasion can all achieve positive results, say clinicians based in Baltimore, USA. Citing statistics which show that nearly 45 per cent of women aged between 20 and 30 suffer from clinical acne, while the condition persists in one in seven women into their 40s, the researchers say that sufferers' first tactic should be to try homeopathic remedies. Combinations of hormones, stress, diet and the use of cosmetic products can all cause what's known as post-puberty acne, the researchers say. But they add that the wrong treatment can leave sufferers with permanent skin damage. Homeopathic treatments which have been shown to help fade acne scars include aloe vera, lemon juice, rosewater, vinegar and essential oils, but if these bring about no improvements, use of topical creams, ointments and mild, non-prescription chemical peels are further steps which can alleviate the problem. As a final resort, the professionally-administered treatments mentioned earlier may be expensive, but most patients find them effective.