There are several different types of scarring that can result from acne:
Hyperpigmentation: Hyperpigmentation occurs when pimples leave a brown mark after they heal. When you have hyperpigmentation, your daily skin care regimen should contain a good sunscreen and a topical antioxidant to suppress pigment production. Prescription strength pigment reducing agents can also be very helpful. A series of Chemical peels and Microdermabrasion sessions can be quite helpful for skin discoloration. A variety of different lasers can also be helpful for stubborn skin discoloration including the Sciton Profractional and Micropulsed NdYAG. All of these treatments can be performed safely in all skin types.
Red marks: In many individuals, pimples leave a red mark after they heal. This is due to dilation of small blood vessels in the skin. This can be treated by a variety of light-based technologies including Broad Band Light, the Micropulsed NdYAG.
Atrophic/cicatricial acne scars are caused by deeper acne lesions that leave depressions in the skin after they heal. The result: uneven skin texture, which can have a big impact on self-esteem of the affected individual. This type of acne scarring can be improved by the Sciton Profractional laser treatments and can be used safely in all skin types.