Acne is a condition in which the follicles of the skin become clogged and sometimes inflamed or infected. With proper treatment and a regimen of good hygiene, acne can be successfully healed. Unfortunately, for some individuals, acne has caused significant trauma to the skin, leaving scars behind. Although scar tissue is meant to both heal and replace damaged skin, it generally doesn't match the texture and color of the original skin, making it more easily seen. Several treatment options exist to help get rid of acne scars, and many can do so in just two weeks.
Apply an over-the-counter scar cream, available at your local pharmacy. According to AcneNet, acne scars that are shallow or level with the original skin may respond successfully to topical scar cream. Covering the treated areas with silicone or first-aid tape can help accelerate healing. The dressings should be replaced each time the affected area is treated, and application should be administered according to manufacturer's directions.
Have a chemical peel performed by your dermatologist. A chemical peel, also known as chemosurgery, can get rid of acne scars in as little as one week. During this procedure, the dermatologist applies chemicals to the affected areas of the skin. The chemicals cause the top layer of the skin to peel off, taking many of the visible scars with it. Within just 24 hours, a scab forms on the skin and the patient is usually provided with a topical cream to accelerate healing.
Have dermabrasion treatment by your dermatologist. Dermabrasion is performed with either a rapidly rotating brush or with small crystals, both of which are used to remove the top layer of the skin. The acne scars are removed with the skin layer and patients may only experience some mild skin redness afterward. Results of this procedure are nearly immediate, since the scars are are removed rather than treated over time. Some deep acne scars, however, may require several treatments to fully remove them from the skin.
Have laser resurfacing treatment on the affected areas. Most often, the pulsed dye laser is used to treat acne scars and can even the tone of the scar, reduce itching and flatten the surface to more closely match the unaffected skin. Treatment of acne scars with laser resurfacing generally provides immediate results, although deeper scarring may require additional treatment. Some individuals will experience redness and a burning sensation for approximately a week after laser resurfacing treatment. You dermatologist can prescribe topical treatment to relieve these effects and hasten healing.
Undergo cryosurgery on the affected areas. Cryosurgery, according to Acne.org, is a procedure in which liquid nitrogen is applied to the scar, freezing it and damaging the area. The resulting healing process reveals new skin that more closely matches the original skin. Some dermatologists use cryosurgery with steroid injections to hasten the healing process and decrease inflammation. The treated area takes three weeks to heal completely, but in two weeks, the area should nearly match the unaffected skin.
See your doctor if you are experiencing severe acne that is not responding to over-the-counter treatment.