Scarring and Pigmentation

Do you have scarring and pigmentation problems?

Chances are if you’ve had acne problems you have some scarring and pigmentation.

Pigmentation problems due to acne in people with skin of color seem to struggle the most. The darker the skin the darker the pigmentation. I’ll get to that more in just a moment.

Why does scarring occur and why the pigmentation problem?

If you have cystic acne (the large under the skin bumps) those become inflamed. The skin on the surface and the tissue beneath are both damaged. As the acne heals collagen production begins to repair the damaged area.

If you produce too little or too much collagen a scar can form. The type of scar depends on how much collagen your body makes. For instance, if you have the pitted or depressed scars it’s because the body isn’t producing enough collagen. Raised scars is from too much collagen production. These scars are also known as keloids. This type of scarring is more prevalent in African-Americans, Hispanics and Asians.

Something to be mindful of is DO NOT pick your breakouts! Picking is the number one reason for scars and discoloration. Never try to squeeze and pop your breakouts because that, too, will cause scarring. If you have breakouts or cystic acne, find a certified esthetician to help you with your skin care needs. He/she can educate you on the do’s and don’ts with caring for acne.

I use products that help heal the epidermis as well as the DNA. Osmosis’ Rescue heals the epidermis while Catalyst AC-11 heals the DNA. Another way to help heal the scars and pigmentation is having our Dermal Rejuvenation treatment also referred to as the Facial Infusion.

As you can see, there are options for clearing up scarring and pigmentation problems.

I do want to make clear that not all acne scars can be eliminated completely. It will depend on how old the scarring is and how deep they are. But whatever the case, they can be softened so they don’t look quite as deep.

Also, remember, the results don’t happen overnight. It takes time to diminish scarring and clear pigmentation. In order to accomplish the end result, you must first be committed to a regimen and follow the instructions your esthetician gives you. In the end you will be pleased with the overall results.

AUTHOR: Linda Jenkins

Linda earned her skin care license in Austin in 1999 and immediately began working in Austin at a high-end day spa. In 2000, The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa in Asheville, North Carolina, presented her an impassable opportunity. Her decision to relocate was to gain further experience and share her passion at this renowned historical resort nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She had tenure of 12 years with The Grove Park Spa family, four of which she was the Lead Esthetician.