Microdermabrasion for Acne Scars
Microdermabrasion is one of the most sought after methods for rejuvenating the skin and for the treatment of a variety of skin conditions. Acne is a very common eruptive skin disease and majority of the people who suffer from acne are left with scars on their skin. Many treatment options are available for the treatment of these scars such as laser treatment, surgical treatment, injections, microdermabrasion etc. Microdermabrasion is preferred by many people because of the fact that it is a simple and comparatively cheaper procedure that can be done in a spa or a beauty salon without having to visit a dermatologist.
Now let’s try to understand what acne and acne scars actually are. Acne is caused by the reaction between bacteria and the excessive sebum secreted by the sebaceous glands in the skin. Acne scars are formed as an inflammatory response of the body against the acne infection. Collagen, a fibrous protein is created during the process of healing. Depending on the level of collagen produced, depressions or protrusions can occur on the skin. These are commonly referred to as acne scars. If too much collagen is produced, the fibers get accumulated on top of one another causing protrusions of skin tissue. This is called hypertrophic scarring. If the collagen produced is insufficient, it leads to depressions on the skin called atrophic scars.
Microdermabrasion is a treatment procedure that can effectively help to remove acne scars. Not only is this procedure beneficial for the above mentioned purpose, but it is also useful for getting rid of excessive pigmentation, wrinkles, other marks and scars due to injury, spots, lines etc. Microdermabrasion is a non invasive process and it removes only the outer most layer of the skin. The process is performed by using an abrasive material to exfoliate the skin and then a suction device is used to remove the dead cells. This procedure has to be done in several sessions to achieve best results. Each time the treatment is done, new skin will be produced finally resulting in the effective removal of the scars. The number of sessions required depends on the location of scars, number and size of the scars and how deep the scars have affected the skin. Mild acne scars would require only a few sittings whereas the deeper and extensive ones would require more sessions. A gap of 7 to 10 days should be given between each sitting to provide time for the skin to heal and for the new skin to grow.
Microdermabrasion, as mentioned earlier is a simple procedure that can be done in a clinic or spa with the help of professionals or at home using the kits that are readily available in the market. While home kits are helpful in diminishing mild scars, they are not capable of penetrating deep into the skin and produce the same effect as that produced by professional microdermabrasion techniques.
Since microdermabrasion exfoliates only the outermost layer of the skin, it is not effective against scars that are formed deep in the skin. This is the major disadvantage of this treatment method. Other treatment procedures have to be considered in such cases. The effectiveness of microdermabrasion depends on how sooner the acne scar is treated. As treatment is delayed, it becomes as much difficult to get rid of the acne scars. Age is another factor that determines the overall success of the procedure. The production of collagen by the body slows down as we get older making it all the while difficult to generate smooth and soft skin.
Microdermabrasion is a painless procedure that does not require the use of anaesthetic. It is safe and comparatively cheaper than the other treatment methods. It can be done from the comforts of your home and the effects are visible soon after treatment. So even though this method is not effective in treating deep acne scars, it is the most preferred choice of people who want to look their very best.