Acne scars and treatment options

Acne bacteria cause more than just painful inflammation: in severe cases they can also leave physical—even emotional—scars. Acne can often lead to scarring. Skin looks uneven, and many sufferers consider the scars or ‘pitting’ unattractive.

Acne—when is treatment most effective?

The treatment of acne and its symptoms can be divided into two distinct stages: addressing the acute inflammatory stage of acne, and later, the treatment of any scarring. In the case of acute inflammation we recommend consulting a dermatologist who can prescribe the appropriate medication. Regardless of what kind of treatment you’re undergoing, it’s important to cleanse the skin carefully to combat bacterial infection. Hardened skin and excessive sebum production play a major role in the promotion of bacterial infection, too. Without effective cleansing, dead skin flakes can form a layer, blocking the overactive sebaceous glands—sebum accumulates, creating ideal conditions for the acne bacteria to multiply undisturbed. This leads to inflammation and the formation of pus. Without appropriate treatment the healing process is slowed, not aided by the fact that the patient often tries to deal with pustules at home, increasing inflammation. We strongly advise against this! Once a scar has developed, it’s difficult to get rid of. The patient’s complexion may become rough and uneven with enlarged pores. At this stage, it’s important to utilize a medically effective method—and that’s where we come in.

Improving the appearance of scars is a two-step process:
1. The loosening of scar tissue in our SPA.
2. The use of injection fillers by Dr. Sturm to raise sunken or pitted areas. Additionally, the predisposition to acne can be offset with the aid of regular cosmetic microdermabrasion treatments.

Preventative measures against acne: cosmetic treatment strategy as deterrent

With the help of regular microdermabrasion treatments, hardened skin, which harbors the acne bacterium, can be carefully removed. In addition, our expert in-house beautician Christina can deal with other impurities, cleansing the skin gently and thoroughly. In combination with medication prescribed by our dermatologist, your skin will be able to regenerate and heal. To ensure a good outcome, it’s important to continue with microdermabrasion treatments, as well as adjusting your diet if necessary and using an appropriate skincare regimen to prevent another outbreak.

I’ve got acne scarring. What can I do?

To treat scarring successfully, there are several options. These can be combined to complement each other, helping to improve your skin’s appearance. Scar tissue occurs when collagenous fibers clump together. It forms when a wound is repeatedly ruptured, or is too deep or too large for the skin to heal easily. These areas are noticeable because they’re darker or lighter than the surrounding tissue, due to the decreased blood flow or because the skin seems thicker, rough, or bumpy.

Mesotherapy / Mesolift with endogenous proteins

Mesotherapy is ideal for pitted, scarred areas. Using hyaluronic acid, the volume in the pitted area is increased to make it match the surrounding tissue. The result is a much more even complexion. Finally, the proteins have an anti-inflammatory and regenerative effect, working directly at the injected site to ensure that the scar tissue is actively converted and heals effectively. The mesolift (which is carried out by the doctor) should be preceded by a medical needling treatment. This is a special scar-reduction therapy, which is also used to treat burn victims. The collagen fibers in the scar tissue are loosened up with micro needles and this helps promote growth and the regeneration of new tissue. As a result, new tissue growth will match your skin’s natural tone and your skin will also appear smoother.

How long does the treatment take?

The medical needling treatment should be repeated three times with intervals in between sessions of 4 to 6 weeks. Our beautician, Christina Bruckhaus takes care of all additional therapies during the treatment phase. The medical mesolift requires three sessions with three-week intervals between each one. In the majority of cases, significant improvement will be visible by this time. We have a proven record of helping patients with acne and are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Call Ms. Deucker to find out more on: + 49 (211) 86 32 003