Acne: How to tackle difficult scarring
Acne is a common skin condition that affects most people at some point. It causes spots, oily skin and sometimes skin that's hot or painful to touch.
According to the NHS, acne is one of the most common skin conditions with 80% of people aged 11 to 30 being affected. And it can be debilitating, painful, as well as causing extreme stress and anxiety, causing some to withdraw socially and experience feelings of depression.
There are 6 main types of spot caused by acne:
- blackheads – small black or yellowish bumps that develop on the skin; they're not filled with dirt, but are black because the inner lining of the hair follicle produces pigmentation (colouring)
- whiteheads – have a similar appearance to blackheads, but may be firmer and won't empty when squeezed
- papules – small red bumps that may feel tender or sore
- pustules – similar to papules, but have a white tip in the centre, caused by a build-up of pus
- nodules – large hard lumps that build up beneath the surface of the skin and can be painful
- cysts – the most severe type of spot caused by acne; they're large pus-filled lumps that look similar to boils and carry the greatest risk of causing permanent scarring.
Try not to "clean out" blackheads or squeeze your spots. This can make them worse and also cause permanent scarring.
What can you do about scarring?
If your acne has cleared up, you may want to think about going pro. "The most effective way to rid the skin of acne scarring is through a treatment performed in clinic, such as microdermabrasion, laser resurfacing or a peel," says Julie Morris, Aesthetics Nurse, Effortless Skin.
Here at Zenith Cosmetic Clinics we have a fantastic treatment for acne scarring called Fractora.
This laser treatment is used to improve the look of your skin with very minimal recovery time! It is one of few highly effective, non-surgical options for tightening up your skin round your eyes and jawline. It can also be used in areas that have fine wrinkles, deep wrinkles, scars, stretch marks or discoloured red and brown skin tones to improve the look and feel of these areas Fractora Radio Frequency (RF) uses fractional radio-frequency to stimulate the skin to tighten it, or can vaporise it like a conventional laser.
Are there any side effects or risks?
There are very few risks or side effects when this treatment is used for deep skin tightening. Redness persisting for a couple of days is totally normal, with most people returning to work in 3-4 days.
As you heal after your Fractora, your skin will be more sensitive to the sun so you will need to use suncream and sun protection for at least a month after treatment.
What results can I typically expect?
Fractora is designed as a course of 2-3 treatments, and because of this, it is recommended that you complete the course before determining the success. Typically you will notice a deep tightening effect on the skin, and increased tightness around the jawline area, cheeks and neck.
We currently have a special offer throughout June 2019 for 10% off Fractora Treatments! Request a call back here