If you have acne scars, there are several procedures that can help reduce their appearance. However, it's important to discuss your options with a doctor before you make a decision.
Most of these procedures work by removing the top layers of skin and scar tissue. Typically reserved for severe scars, dermabrasion removes scar tissue by moving a spinning wire brush over the surface of the skin. For less severe scarring, microdermabrasion is an option. These treatments involve using a hand-held device to blow crystals onto the skin and remove cells on the skin's surface [source: Mayo Clinic]. Chemical peels are another option for less severe scars. They peel away scar tissue after a chemical solution -- often containing glycolic acid or trichloroacetic acid -- is allowed to soak into the skin. Laser resurfacing, a process in which a laser burns away the top layer of skin, is a relatively new procedure that can effectively improve scar tissue [source: WebMD]
Collagen injections can also help reduce the appearance of acne scars, but instead of removing layers of skin, it plumps up the skin. By injecting collagen into the "pit" left by acne, the skin under the scar is plumped, creating a smoother surface [source: WebMD]. This same concept of "raising" the skin is used in punch grafting, in which severe scars are removed and skin from elsewhere on the body is grafted into the area [source: American Academy of Dermatology].
Even though body acne can be a potentially embarrassing or uncomfortable problem, there are plenty of treatment options available. For more information on body acne and how to treat it, follow the links below.
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