Not only does it form differently in different skins, it may also appear in varying degrees of severity. There may be depressed scars, also known as pits, or they may take the shape of raised scars known as hypertrophic. Sometimes there may be discoloration along with it, and other times not.
Regardless, it’s something numerous clients struggle with and may, at times, significantly impact the self esteem. How do you support clients challenged with acne scars achieve a smoother, healthier skin?
It begins with understanding how scars form and why; then determining the type of scarring you are working with so that you may create a customized treatment.HOW ACNE SCARS FORMAs I mentioned certain individuals are more susceptible to scarring than others. For instance, those who have inflammatory acne (cyst and nodules) and particularly if they delay treatment, or if the individual picks or squeezes the acne, may experience scarring after the acne clears.
The potential for scarring occurs when the breakout penetrates the skin deeply, damaging the tissue beneath. Once the acne breakout clears, the body goes to work to repair the damage. This process stimulates collagen production, however if too little or too much is produced, a scar will form. In the case of the former (too little), a depressed scar may form. With the latter (too much), a raised scar may result. Prevention is key here in this scenario – if certain topicals are applied immediately and the client does not pick their skin, complete healing may occur. Home care topicals with anti-bacterials and exfoliators are invaluable as well as daily applications of epidermal growth factor. Recommend Blemish Serum and Skin Refine Gel and any of our 4-epidermal growth factor preparations.
When you know the level of scarring you are able to determine the best course of treatment.CORRECTING ACNE SCARS NON-INVASIVELYThere are numerous treatment methods, some of which may involve surgery. However, aesthetic professionals also have a number of non-invasive tools at their disposal to help clients smooth the scarring. In most cases it will require creating a treatment plan, one that involves several treatments and proper home care in between.
When addressing acne scarring, the ultimate goal is to remove surface cells to allow strengthening and corrective ingredients and oxygen to penetrate the skin.
- Peels – treating scarring will typically require a stronger formula that also delivers strengthening such as a TCA/AHA combination, flower acids like the Lotus Peel, and the Vitamin A+ Peptide Peel. One treatment that works particularly well for acne scarring is the Skinergy, which blends the Sake Peel and Vitamin A+ Peptide Peel.
For clients on a program to correct scarring, be sure to integrate epidermal growth factors, peptides, hyaluronic acid, and essential fatty acids into their home care system. The goal is to strengthen and rebuild the skin. A mineral SPF is a must daily. In the week following the treatment, clients may also use a retinal like the ChronoPeptide A or Salicylic Serum to continue the gentle exfoliation and rebuilding.
Starting with the type of scar, then taking into account the client’s specific skin type, and their overall goal will help shape the type of treatment to use. We can offer our clients excellent support in this area but it is very important to not give false hope. A scar implies a permanent mark that is damaged at the cellular level. But what we can achieve surfacely for a smoother, healthier complexion is nothing less than remarkable!
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