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How to reduce acne scars?

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Acne leaves traces of which we are would be fine. Once released from imperfections, difficult to have to live with this "memory". Dr. Nina Roos, dermatologist and author of A skin in great shape! and Dr. Maryline Plasqui, aesthetic doctor, author of a blog about his discipline, give us tips to reduce acne scars.

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"It's a vicious circle: the more you have pimples, the more you feel bad, the more you want to touch and the more you create scars," says Charlotte, 30, who has fought adult acne due to a change in contraception. However, these scars, more or less pronounced, colored or embossed, are difficult to camouflage with makeup. "Even if I know that my skin will never become smooth as before, I want to erase the scars on my cheeks ", says Sarah, who has started a long drug treatment to clean her skin before starting laser sessions." My dermatologist promised me an improvement between 30 and 50 %.The face is constantly exposed to the eyes, it will free some of my complexes and give me more confidence. " The treatments are long-winded, sometimes painful, time-consuming to heal but "the challenge - finding a smoother skin - is worth the investment of time and money," says Sarah. Overview of the solutions that exist today to reduce these traces.

For pigmented scars: peels> Scars can be pink or brown spots. There are lightening creams that help to even out the complexion. "It is necessary to consult a dermatologist as soon as the scars appear, advises Dr. Nina Roos, and especially not to expose oneself to the sun with this type of spots, they will tend to darken and will be harder to erase. "

The solution:

peels consist of applying an acidic product to exfoliate the skin. The superficial are with fruit acids (AHA) and the deepest with trichloroacetic acid (TCA: an acidic chemical compound). The intensity of the treatment is to choose with your specialist depending on the type of scars. After the session, they cause significant desquamation (the epidermis peels for a few days) which causes the skin to renew itself. Restorative creams to be applied morning and evening may be prescribed after treatment. It is necessary to envisage between 2 and 5 days of social eviction (obligation to remain at home) according to the depth of the peeling. Count around 250 € the session. For hollow scars: lasers and filling techniques

Scars in the shape of craters - wide and superficial - or in "ice picks" - narrow and deep - are treated with more invasive techniques.Several factors are at the origin of their appearance: the type of skin (Asians tend to score faster) and the number of lesions (the more acne is severe and the structure of the skin is weakened). This is why we must not wait to take care of ourselves. It is also a question of good nutrition: a skin rich in zinc and copper will have better abilities to regenerate itself evenly.

The solution:

Dermatologists and aesthetic doctors adapt their treatments according to each patient. It is possible to combine different techniques to obtain better results. For example, laser sessions can be followed by peeling and then filling with hyaluronic acid. Fraxell® is a laser that heats the skin, creates wells, but does not open. At the end of the session, the skin is heated, red and swollen. It takes 3 days to regain a normal appearance. It is painful (so the doctor applies local anesthesia), and each session can only treat 20% of the area at a time. Between 500 and 700 € the session.

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