As much as we have to accept that acne is a normal part of life, we sometimes have to deal with the long term effects of a severe acne breakout in the form of scarring, deep pockmarks, and more. Prevention—usually by helping your skin heal, keeping it healthy during a breakout, and not picking at acne—is the best way of reducing acne scars, but we don’t always have that option when a breakout is uncontrollable. Here, NeedCrystals discusses two types of acne scar treatment—microdermabrasion cream and dermabrasion procedures—and compares their efficacy at acne scar removal.
These two types of acne scar treatment are by far the most popular options because both are generally effective at treating your skin and are comparatively affordable. They vary on some key elements, such as pain and comfort and types of acne scars they treat, so read on and see which is best for you.
Dermabrasion Acne Scar Treatment
This type of treatment involves going into an office to see a specialist. First, the dermatologist will numb your skin and use an abrasive tool (often a wire brush) to remove the top layer of your skin. This makes it much smoother and temporarily more smooth. It takes between a week to ten days for your skin’s swelling and sensitivity to minimize after dermabrasion. During this time, you should avoid makeup and sun exposure.
Dermabrasion is best at treating light to moderate acne scarring and can take a few treatments to achieve the desired results. Many will find the recovery period to be uncomfortable, but others find regular dermabrasion to be rejuvenating for their skin and enjoy it as part of a spa routine.
Microdermabrasion Cream for Reducing Acne Scars
On the other hand, a microdermabrasion cream is an at-home solution to acne scarring. This makes it a very popular and effective choice. Microdermabrasion creams use microcrystals to remove dead skin cells at the top layer of your skin. These microcrystals also activate the production of collagen and elastin, making skin vibrant and smoother.
The benefits of microdermabrasion cream include a lower price point and ease of treatment, as you don’t have to go into an office to get a procedure performed. Many people prefer microdermabrasion cream, as there’s less pain and discomfort during and after treatment. While microdermabrasion creams do provide immediate results, they take a little longer to show improvements in the reduction of moderate to deep acne scarring.
For those who still have issues with severe and potentially scarring breakouts, microdermabrasion creams also have the added benefit of helping prevent acne. Removing the top layer of skin helps cleanse the pores of dirt, oils, and grime, preventing new breakouts from occurring. Microdermabrasion cream allows for this to happen while treating old acne scars.
There are many types of microcrystals used for these creams, so be sure to do some research on which is best for you. NeedCrystals uses white aluminum oxide crystals in our home microdermabrasion creams. These are mined dust-free and are designed to be effective for a wide range of skin types. We strive to offer a clean, professional spa quality skin care product.