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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 Edge One and 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.

Edge ONE is a surgical and fractional laser that can target even more precise areas, down to less than a millimeter. This is great if you have very small scars or unique scarring patterns. It’ll also protect the skin around your scar by reducing the chances of it getting exposed to the laser. Since it’s also incredibly fast, it can decrease the amount of time that your skin is under the heat of the laser, reducing healing time.

The Edge ONE laser also helps reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and can improve overall skin texture.

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