05 March 2014

AcneAcne scarring is a condition where the signs vary greatly between sufferers, and a Dermatologist has said that the most effective type of treatment depends on the severity of these residual marks. The worst, said Dr Whitney Bowe, a New York-based Dermatologist, are cystic lesions. These feel painful under the surface of the skin, due to the inflammation being trapped there. "A true acne scar is when your body takes that healing process one step further and is not able to form collagen [the skin's own naturally-occurring healing agent] naturally", Dr Bowe told the Huffington Post.When this occurs, there are a number of solutions available to tackle the marks, ranging from the application of lemon juice – an effective skin lightener – to the affected area, through to the regular use of skin moisturiser, cleanser and toner. Regular use of topical products which incorporate an SPF (sun protection factor) are also recommended, while a longer-term solution can be found in Isolaz Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment (which rejuvenates the skin), Obagi Skin Peels, (which increase the overall tightness and texture of the skin), and Dermaroller – micro-needling treatment which stimulates the production of collagen to smoothen the skin. All three treatments work by removing the damaged surface layers of a patient’s skin, to leave it looking clearer, smoother and more even in texture. The optimum solution for each patient should be recommended during an initial consultation, prior to treatment. - Tell us on Facebook how you have tackled the scourge of acne scars.