Acne scarring is caused by the body effectively putting “too much effort” into healing the wounds caused by acne, causing an excess of collagen built up in the skin. This collagen may stay in place permanently, creating acne scarring.
In some cases the result is not a true scar, but simply an excess of pigmentation. This may fade away over a few months or years, but generally isn’t permanent as with other acne scars, which can appear as textured skin.
We offer a range of treatments to combat acne scars. You’ll need a consultation with one of our expert skin specialists so that they can assess your scars and develop a treatment plan tailored to you. Arrange for a free consultation to see how we can help – If you decide to go ahead we can start off with a test patch for only £50.
Acne scarring occurs due to the inflammation caused by active acne. There are different types of scars: depressed scars, such as ‘ice pick’ or atrophic scarring; and elevated or raised scars, sometimes known as hypertrophic or keloid scars.
Acne scarring can occur naturally, or in many cases patients can exacerbate their scarring by picking their spots. Scarring can affect the back or the chest, as well as the face.
There are several types of treatment that can help acne scarring. In terms of lasers, one of the most effective is laser resurfacing such as Fractional Laser. This is where the surface of the skin is removed very precisely from the affected area, allowing a new layer of skin to form. The treatment can help depressed scars to become shallower, less noticeable and easier to camouflage.
XO also has other lasers we can use to help and to treat the redness associated with acne scarring. With Fractional lasers there is little downtime between treatments, but require a number of treatment sessions.