Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, affecting up to 50 million people. Acne can not only be very difficult to treat and get rid of, but it can also leave stubborn and lasting marks and scars.
Depending on the type of acne scars you have and their severity, Skinuva® products such as Skinuva® Scar or Skinuva® Brite may be helpful in improving the appearance and texture of acne scars or marks on the skin.
What are the different types of acne scars/marks?
The most common type of scars that can form on the face are atrophic scars, which are depressed scars such as boxcar (wide, U-shaped scars with sharp edges), ice pick (narrow, V-shaped), and rolling scars (wide depressions with round edges). These scars can be very difficult to treat as they can reach deep under the surface of the skin.
Hypertrophic or raised scars commonly form on other areas of the body. Dark spots are not scars, but rather red, purple, or brown discoloration left behind by acne that will fade away after a few months or sooner with certain topical products.
To prevent acne scars from forming, it is best to treat acne as soon as it develops and reduce any inflammation of the skin. Do not squeeze or pick at any pimples and see your doctor about any severe acne problems.
Can Skinuva® Scar or Skinuva® Brite be used on acne scars or marks?
Acute acne (red/raised/pimples/cysts) should be managed under the supervision of a dermatologist and should be managed sooner rather than later so that they have a better chance of improvement with treatments and/or products. Skinuva® products should not be used on active acne or on open wounds or active/acute lesions.
If there is an old acne area that has created a depression or a local pit (i.e. atrophic, pitted scar), Skinuva® Scar can be applied to help improve the texture of the skin, but it may not be as effective if used alone vs. in combination with other treatments such as microneedling or laser treatments which can be performed by a doctor. In instances where the doctor recommends microneedling, chemical peel, or laser to help treat an atrophic acne scar, Skinuva® Scar can be applied post-treatment to help improve the appearance of the skin from the recent procedure.* In fact, Skinuva Scar was clinically studied and shown to be effective in healing skin post C02 laser treatment. If the acne has left purple or red discoloration or marks on the skin, Skinuva® Scar may help improve the appearance of these marks.
If the old acne site has some hyperpigmentation or left dark or brown spots, Skinuva® Brite may be beneficial in reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation and providing a more even skin tone.
If you suffer from acne scars and may benefit from using Skinuva® products, you can purchase them here.