Acne scars are a sad reality of life. Even long after you win your battle against acne, the scars left behind can continue to make smooth skin seem like an elusive dream.

Luckily, there are a wide variety of treatments that can help you to finally say goodbye to your acne scars. The only challenge left for you now is choosing the treatment that will work best for you. Two of the most popular treatments for acne scar removal are laser treatments and over the counter (OTC) creams.

Laser Acne Scar removal vs otc creams

What Are Acne Scars?

Before you decide on which treatment works best for you, it is important to understand just what acne scars are and what causes them.

Acne scars are sometimes left after acne or pimples heal. These inflammations of the pores can cause breaks in the deep dermis, and while your body will form new collagen fibers to fix this damage, the end results do not always return the skin to how it appeared before. There are a number of different types of scars, such as:

  • Ice Pick Scars: Which are narrow pits or holes that look as if they have been made by a pointy object, such as an ice pick.
  • Box Car Scars: Which are depressions in the skin and give your skin a pitted appearance. These scars are wider and more angular than ice pick scars.
  • Rolling Scars: Which are broad, round scars with sloping edges. When grouped together, these scars can produce a “rolling” appearance.
  • Hypertrophic Scars: Which are raised masses of scar tissue.

Besides acne scars, you can also experience brown or red marks on the skin after a breakout. These are commonly mistaken for scars, but are actually called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). This is a natural stage of the healing process, and typically will disappear on its own within 1 to 2 years if left untreated.

Laser Acne Scar Removal vs OTC Creams

So which treatment will work best for you? That depends on what type of scars you have.

Laser treatments’ ability to reach the deep dermis make them ideal for treating deep or severe scarring. Here at Plush Derma Laser Clinic, we are proud to offer a variety of laser treatments, such as ResurFX, IPL and UltraPulse Fractional CO2, to make sure that we can give you the treatment that will work best for you. These layers can help to resurface the skin and remove the top layer of damaged skin while simultaneously stimulating the production of new collagen to help your skin heal smoothly and beautifully. They can also help to even out skin tone and reduce red or brown pigmentation spots on the skin.

OTC creams, on the other hand, often have more modest results that take longer to appear. Topical retinoids, for example, help to slough away the top layer of damaged and scarred skin and help to reveal smoother skin underneath. This helps to make them ideal for smaller or shallower scars. In addition, steroid creams can fight the inflammation that causes hypertrophic scars and help to flatten them out. There are also a number of OTC creams that are available to help fight mild PIH and speed up their disappearance.

In short, the treatment that will work best for you depends on the severity of your scars and the results you desire. OTC creams can help, but laser treatments are much better at getting more significant improvements faster. If you still have questions about our laser treatments or are ready to get started on your laser treatment, contact us today! Don’t wait any longer to get the smooth and beautiful skin that you have always dreamed of.

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