We all remember being teenagers with acne, or we remember being teenagers who used a lot of skin care products to treat or prevent acne. So how and why can we still have acne problems as adults? Adult acne is actually more common than you might realize, about 50% of adult women will continue to have acne flare ups and 25% of adult men will as well.
What causes adult acne? The exact causes are not known, but hormones, stress, cosmetics and products we put on our skin may be part of the problem.
It’s an interesting looking medical device, and it can produce some amazing results. So how exactly was the Original German Dermaroller® created?
In a previous post, we’ve discussed the history of micro-needling. The research that started at Georgia Tech University in the 1990’s led the way in micro-needle design and technology. The design and creative genius behind the Original German Dermaroller® is German engineer and medical device inventor Dr. Horst Liebl, PhD. Originally looking to develop a tool that could micro-needle tissue and that would assist in transporting medications across the skin with little or no pain or side effects, Dr. Liebl developed a multi-needled drum shaped medical device that became the Original German Dermaroller® that is in use today.
Micro-needling is the use of very fine needles to pierce the skin to administer medications, reduce scars, and trigger the skin's natural healing mechanisms that in turn create smooth and healthy skin.
Penetrating or puncturing the skin to heal it is not something new. Physicians have been using puncturing techniques to treat abscesses and release pressure on wounds for centuries. Over the past several decades different methods of puncturing the skin for medical benefit have been developed.
During the 1980’s medical researchers realized that certain medications and drugs were better absorbed by the body when administered into the upper layers of the skin rather than by deeper injections or by swallowing pills. Administering medication through micro-needles was less painful as the needles are very short and do not reach the nerves that are deeper below the skin. This method of delivering medications has been very effective and is still in use today.
On our blog we’ve discussed different methods to treat your acne scars, but what exactly are acne scars? There are several different types which we’ll go over.
But first – what exactly is a scar? A scar is a mark left in the skin by the healing of a wound, incision, or burn. The scar mark can be raised, meaning above the level of the skin, or depressed – a mark into the skin.
Red marks left on your skin after an acne outbreak are not scars. While they may linger on your skin for a while, they will disappear over time. You may develop macules on your skin after an acne breakout. These are flat reddish spots that can remain on your skin for several months. Like the smaller red marks caused by acne, these will disappear over the course of several months. Acne scars however, will remain and are permanent unless treated.
Is there a natural solution to treat your acne scars?
When you shop for groceries, do you look at food labels? Are you trying to eat a healthy or natural diet? Many manufacturers and food suppliers are making it easier for you to see what ingredients are in their foods to help you decide what to purchase. Obviously taste and satisfaction are a big part of what you buy and eat, but the long term results of what that food can do to your body may also be on your mind.
But what does that have to do with your skin? Your decisions on what you eat are similar to the decisions you make about your appearance and physical health as well.
Similar to looking at food labels, do you look at the packaging on your skin care products? Many use terms like ‘organic’ and ‘natural’. These are words most of us trust. Organic products are related to or derived from living matter. Natural products exist in or are created by nature. To include natural and organic ingredients in products there is some processing during the manufacturing.
Just how many different ways can you treat acne scars?
You’ve made a decision – it is time to do something about your acne scars. You’ve been depressed and self-conscious about your appearance for years. You notice the way people are looking at your face and not at you. The real you is anxious and eager to come out and ready to seek treatment for your acne scars.
First step you took was making an appointment and speaking with your healthcare provider. He or she has provided you with a lot of information and several treatment methods. It’s exciting and overwhelming all at once. So you decide to do some online research as well. Oh. Wow! There are A LOT of websites and information, including this blog. You’re more overwhelmed. So here is a brief summary of several types of acne scar treatments. This list is not all-inclusive, but it might help you to understand some the different options available to you.
How do I talk to my healthcare provider about treating my acne scars?
In your research for ways to treat your acne scars you’ve most likely come across thousands of websites offering solutions. Some websites are scientifically-based, many are supported by healthcare providers promoting the treatments offered in their offices. Many others are websites selling products you can use at home. It can be both overwhelming and confusing. What is legitimate? What is safe? What should you be looking for and where should you be looking for it?
Why should I try Micro-Needling instead of Laser Treatments for acne scar removal?
If you are an acne scar sufferer you’ve probably been looking for an effective acne scar treatment. As you research how to remove acne scars, you’ve probably learned about laser treatments online or at your physician’s office. You’ve probably also seen the claims that laser treatments also work by using your skin’s natural collagen to minimize acne scars.
Our website explains Collagen Induction Therapy as: “… a minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure that involves the use of a micro-needling device. CIT is safe and effective on all skin types without the risk of discoloration. The micro-needling procedure can be performed by licensed qualified medical professionals including physicians, osteopaths and naturopaths.”
You’ve seen your healthcare provider, you’ve been asking friends. You have scars that you’d rather not be looking at every time you look in the mirror. There are so many different treatments. What is the difference between them? How do you choose?
Different medical treatments work for different types of scars. In this post we’re going to focus on scars caused by acne. This is not a discussion on treating active acne on your skin, just the scars that have been left afterwards.
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