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What Causes Acne Scars and Why Lasers can Help

Acne is a condition that affects nearly everyone at some point in their lives. It can be caused by hormonal and environmental factors, or a combination of both. While acne can come and go, acne scars can feel more permanent and long lasting. This might make you feel insecure or anxious, but new technology like the PICOCARE lasers can help reduce or eliminate them.

Causes of Acne Scars

There are a variety of reasons why acne scars. These can be physical factors like picking, popping, or too much sun exposure. Unfortunately, some factors are out of your control, such as genetics or gender (males tend to develop more severe acne as they have higher amounts of androgen hormone).

Whatever the cause, there are two main scar forms that can emerge: depressed or raised. The body produces a protein compound called collagen to heal wounds like acne. When it produces too little, small pits can form. When it produces too much, raised scars can occur. Scars can also vary in size, colour, and texture.

Lasers can Help

Laser technology induces the same collagen-producing healing process, but is actually used to treat scars because it’s a targeted procedure. Laser treatments are non-invasive and have minimal downtimes for healing, making them a great option for busy individuals.

PICOCARE uses picosecond laser pulses (one trillionth of a second) to heal skin from not only the surface layer of skin (epidermis), but deeper into the next layer as well (dermis). This laser is popular for tattoo and pigmentation removal, but is also great for treating acne scars. The picosecond technology shortens patient recovery time and results may be noticeable after only one session.

The laser’s handpiece can target spot sizes ranging from 3 to 10 mm, which can allow for more detailed treatments. The smaller sizes are perfect for acne scars while the largest sizes can target other skin concerns like pores, wrinkles, or skin texture.

Contact a local doctor to determine which laser treatment is best for you and to develop a custom treatment plan.