There are many people out there, who suffer from scars related to acne, and many of them believe that it is a permanent situation, and they can do nothing about. For more than fifteen years, I also suffered from acne scars, wondering if there was anything, I could do, which would be effective but in my price range. Like some of you I would like to do laser treatments, but the thousands of dollars it costs is not feasible for me right now. After searching through the many acne scar treatment methods out there, I believe I have found a way to minimize the scars without going broke. I am happy to share my experiences with others in the hopes that someone is helped by this.
Microdermabrasion is a popular treatment at spas. It can help get rid of fine lines and wrinkles. So naturally, I believed that although it probably would not rid me of my scars, it might make them a little less noticeable. After four treatments and $600, I could not notice any difference to my face. I did a lot of research before choosing this method, and after my consultation, during which the esthetician told me my scars were not bad, I was informed that six sessions would cause the scars to go away. However, after each treatment, I left with red, sore skin that peeled later, but the scars were not affected. After the four treatments left me with no change, I gave up on this method. It may work for some – it did not work for me.
Since a light sand blasting made no difference to my face, I thought that perhaps peeling the skin with chemicals might do the trick. Oh, when will I learn? If you know a little about chemical peels, you will know there are many different kinds and that they vary in intensity from almost-nothing to worst-sunburn-ever. I opted for a very moderate peel, which as expected did nothing. I did a lot of research about chemical peels and acne scars, and the consensus seems to be that if it is going to work for you, a light chemical peel will work just as well as a heavy-duty one, hence my decision to go with a moderate peel. That said, I never read any testimonials or research from anyone who said their scars were successfully erased with chemical peels, rather just patients who said they saw a slight difference. I personally saw no difference.
Glycolic Acid & Neutrogena Microdermabrasion
I am going to say something that sounds contradictory here: I loved the Neutrogena Microdermabrasion method and felt that I could really see a difference in my scars with it. Well, I will answer you – it is because it was not just the Microdermabrasion kit, but rather, how it worked in conjunction with the glycolic acid. Combining the two really seemed to make all the difference in how my scars ended up looking after treatment was over. After doing research into glycolic acid, I decided to speak to the dermatologist from whom I received the facial peel to get her opinion. She said that glycolic acid had a good reputation for helping to remove fine wrinkles, and showed promise in the acne scar treatment. I began using the glycolic acid with few results when I thought that perhaps, if I combined it with Microdermabrasion, I might see results. I purchased the Neutrogena Microdermabrasion kit and began using it in conjunction with my glycolic acid regimen. While I have not seen immediate overnight results, what I have seen is a slow, but building, improvement in the severity of my scars.
Laser scar removal
Laser treatment for acne scars is The Holy Grail. It has been said by many patients before me that the sting of the laser is similar to snapping a rubber band against one’s face repeatedly. I cannot say for sure – I have not yet been able to try this method. However, according to a family member who had laser therapy done to treat a small scar, the treatment is far less painful than Microdermabrasion. She also said the treatment area would not bleed, but that the skin will be red for a few hours after treatment. Laser scar therapy is typically $300 per visit, and can lessen the appearance of mild to very severe scarring. It is important to note that nothing will remove scars completely, and that includes laser therapy.
My Personal Skin Care Regimen
I began using a brand that contains 10% glycolic acid called Derma 36. I apply it to my face every single day, twice a day. As previously mentioned, I purchased the Neutrogena Microdermabrasion Kit, which I use twice a week for two minutes on each area of scarring. After finishing the Microdermabrasion treatment, I follow up with the Derma 36, which leaves the skin on my face feeling tingly. If you have ever had a chemical peel, you will recognize this feeling in your skin. I have been following this regimen for more than two months now, with two Microdermabrasion treatments every single week. My face always feels soft and clean after each session, and the face staring back at me in the mirror lets me know that the treatment is working, slowly but surely.
I no longer use thick foundation makeup to try to hide my scars because I do not have to! I simply use Neutrogena’s tinted moisturizers and a powder to set. While this combo is working, if I ever have the money, I will definitely get laser treatments, but the regimen I am using now is actually working, so I will continue to use this acne scar treatment