Acne Scars

Acne scars clearing system with Dr. Dermacare

Conquered your battle with acne, but left with nasty scars?

Acne scars can take a long time to heal, so you need to be patient. Our clear & confident pimple clearing system will help minimize the appearance of some scarring but below we discuss other options.

Retin-A

Retin-A is a derivative of Vitamin A that is applied to the skin and used to treat acne and other skin problems. Retin-A works by increasing skin cell turnover. Retin A is also the only topical medication that has been proven to improve wrinkles. Retin-A is also used for the treatment of brown spots, roughness and photodamage (damage caused by long term exposure to the skin)

Side Effects of Retin-A

The effect of increased skin cell turnover can be irritation and flaking. For this reason, many people stop using Retin-A after a couple of days to weeks, then think that it didn’t work. It is important to realize that it may take several months to see a noticeable difference. You will however enhance your results if you use Retin A with our dermaroller. Retin-A is applied at night before bedtime. A sunscreen should be used during the day to protect your skin. We do recommend a fantastic vitamin A cream so please call or email us for details.

Microdermabrasion

This new technique is a surface form of dermabrasion. Rather than a high-speed brush, microdermabrasion uses aluminum oxide crystals passing through a vacuum tube to remove surface skin. Only the very surface cells of the skin are removed, so no additional wound is created. Multiple procedures are often required but scars may not be significantly improved.

Microdermabrasion can cost between $90-$150 per treatment and your therapist will probably recommend a course of at least 5-6 treatments followed by maintenance treatments. You may notice your skin is slightly reddened after the treatment but this will disappear within a few hours. Our view is that microdermabrasion is over-rated. It is fantastic for exfoliation but does not make a significant difference to pigmentation or scarring. It is very costly so we recommend a fantastic enzyme facial peel that can be used at home in 10 minutes and produces the same results but at a fraction of the price. Please call or email us for the name of the product we recommend.

Hydroquinone (bleaching agent)

For standard non-hormone induced hyperpigmentations Hydroquinone usually reduces or removes hyperpigmentations very effectively. For people who do not wish to have expensive or invasive procedures or only have slight hyperpigmentations – hydroquinone can be a good option. Hydroquinone is a melanin blocker. You may have heard it called skin bleach but in actuality it prohibits new melanin production as your body goes through natural or chemicalassisted exfoliation.

Hydroquinone can be obtained over the counter in weak strengths or by prescription from your plastic surgeon or dermatologist. Formulations of 4% used to be thought to be the best as irritation would erupt in higher strengths. This has been proven although strengths up to 10% are routinely formulated for patients. However it must be noted that higher strengths of Hydroquinone have caused hydroquinone-induced ochronosis (black speckling in the dermis) in patients with darker skins. And have even been banned in parts of Europe and all throughout Asia due to the belief that higher concentrations are carcinogenic.

What should I watch for while taking hydroquinone?

Contact your health care professional if your condition does not improve in the first 3 months or if the medication causes too much skin irritation. Do not get hydroquinone in the eyes, inside the nose, on wounds, or any other sensitive areas of skin. If accidental contact occurs, large amounts of water should be used to wash the affected area. Do not use consecutively for more than 3 months or as prescribed.

Do not apply to sunburned areas or if you have a skin abrasion in the area of application.

To increase the chance that hydroquinone will be effective, keep out of the sun, or wear protective clothing outdoors and use a sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher). Do not use sun lamps or sun tanning beds or booths.

For more information or for advice on your particular areas of concern please contact us or call us on 1800 258 706