Dermabrasion as a Cheap, Natural Remedy
Acne, like rain, falls on the just and unjust alike, and though it plagues most of us between the ages of fourteen and forever, it is thankfully benign, temporary, and often easy to treat/avoid. Where it becomes complicated is when the otherwise unimpressive little pimples turn into discolored pockmarks and acne scars.
The first thing to be aware of is that real acne scars are rare. Oftentimes, what appear to be facial acne scars are nothing more than a collagen induced discoloration that lasts between two and four months—a natural part of the healing process. Where acne becomes a problem is when inflamed or irritated pustules and cysts do more than just build up and swell along the epidermis—they cause infections and damage the deeper dermal layer of skin.
To permanently get rid of acne scars often requires a trip to an esthetician or dermatologist. Acne scars are often the result of permanent, deep damage to your facial tissue and require laser/surgical treatments of cure completely. But if you’re looking for a way to treat your acne scars without invasive/expensive procedures, look no farther; there exists an inexpensive technique that expands upon a natural healthy processes renowned for treating acne scars: microdermabrasion.
Scars of any kind are kind of like a bad paint job on a used vehicle—the intentions were good but the execution was sloppy. When your nervous system detects damage to the skin, it orders extra collagen (skin proteins responsible for healthy elasticity and appearance) to mend and repair your skin cells. But like any good bio-system, it takes care of what it believes is important before what it believes is unimportant. In this case, your body chooses function over form. The skin is sufficiently repaired but the excess collagen creates an overabundance of tissue, resulting in discoloration and patchy textures.
The trick to treating acne scars is helping the body do the job it is already trying to do—repair the dermal layer of skin. Microdermabrasion augments the natural process of exfoliation by resurfacing the outer layer of skin with a rough surface, usually crystal or diamond. By polishing away the scarred epidermis and stimulating collagen production along the damaged dermal layer, your body can better repair and knit your skin. The process usually results in a significant decrease in the size of acne scars and a gradual return to normal skin coloring.
Microdermabrasion treats acne scars without any medicinal oils or prescription drugs, and can be done from the comfort of your home if used with an exfoliation machine or dermabrasion device. Our Riiviva microderm is one such device and can be equipped with diamond tips designed for the sole purpose of repairing and treating acne scars.
There are a variety of other remedies for acne scars: lotions and creams designed to moisturize the skin, bleaching creams that lesson the production of melanin, and even mild chemical peels that mirror the effects of exfoliation. But for long-term treatment and repair, we strongly recommend practicing regular dermabrasion on affected areas.