If you’ve suffered from widespread acne, you may have scars that make you feel self-conscious or embarrassed. At Starkey Medical Esthetics in Salem, Virginia, we offer a number of effective treatments for acne and the scars or pock marks it can leave behind.
Our founder, dermatology specialist Michele Meinhart, FNP, explains more about acne, acne scarring, and the natural acne treatments we use to lessen the appearance of unsightly scars. We also have a new practitioner: please welcome Colleen Rutledge, NP. She loves treating Acne and is very good at it as well.
What is acne?
If your hair follicles get clogged with dirt and oil, you can develop raised red sores, nodules, pustules, whiteheads, blackheads, or pimples—also known as acne. Though it’s often on your forehead, chin, and cheeks, you can also get acne on your back, arms, neck, chest,and shoulders.
In addition to oil and clogged hair follicles, bacteria and hormones also commonly cause acne.
What causes acne to leave a scar?
If your acne is severe or your pimples and pustules go deep into your skin, your body’s intuitive healing mechanisms send in collagen to make repairs. The collagen thickens your skin, so that it’s not as smooth and supple as your original skin, thus creating acne scars.
What are some natural ingredients that can minimize the appearance of acne?
Here at our clinic, we want you to look and feel your best. That’s why we offer a range of acne and facial treatments to improve the appearance of your acne scars, including:
- Acne facial
- Chemical peels
Some of the natural ingredients that we use at our state-of-the-art clinic include the following.
Alpha hydroxy acid
Many foods that you commonly eat are rich in components called alpha hydroxy acids. When extracted and used for skin care, alpha hydroxy acids can help with acne scarring by sloughing off your top-most layer of skin.
Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid that goes deep into your pores to unclog them. It’s frequently included in a wide range of skincare treatments to improve skin’s overall appearance.
Retinoids are derivatives of Vitamin A and are famous for speeding up cell turnover, unclogging your pores, diminishing wrinkles, and amping up your collagen production. They’re key players in scar reduction and widely available for use.
Lactic acid is helpful for removing dead skin cells and provoking cell renewal. It’s beneficial for acne scarring because it smooths and softens the scarred areas.
Harnessing the power of light and laser therapy, we also use IPL photo rejuvenation and photo facials to help you reduce the appearance of acne scars.
If you want to learn more about how we treat acne and acne scars, call now to talk to our team or book an appointment online at your convenience.