Having acne comes with a series of goals. First you want to get rid of the acne, then you want to get rid of the scars the acne left behind or restore your complexion to its original glow. This is one of the top reasons clients come to us at Glowdega and we've helped more than a few restore their glory.
Embarking on a journey to diminish acne scars can be both exciting and transformative. Among the myriad of treatments available for acne scarring at Glowdega, topical products, microneedling/microchanneling, and chemical peels stand out for their unique benefits, each offering a distinct approach to rejuvenating and healing the skin. Read on for more detail on each one.
SKIN CARE PRODUCTS FOR ACNE SCARRING
We know how important home care is to repairing and healing skin from acne scars. Plus, their simplicity and ease of use make it really easy to add into any routine. If we have someone younger (under 30) in for acne scars, we prefer to get them on the AnteAge GF Serum as the bioidentical stem cells and cytokines aid in tissue repair, cell generation, and collagen production. Retinoids are also great as they accelerate cell turnover, promoting the emergence of new, healthy skin cells while gradually fading scars. We like recommending retinoids, such as Moonshine, to our 30+ clients. Lastly, if there is some hyperpigmentation as a result of prolonged breakouts in addition to the hypertrophic scarring (sometimes referred to as texture or ice pick scars), then P2 is the go to! Other reasons using the right skin care products can boost the overall appearance of your acne scars? They require minimal commitment compared to more intensive procedures and can be easily incorporated into a daily skincare routine. Moreover, they often bring additional benefits like improved skin texture and tone, making them a multi-faceted solution in skincare regimens.
MICRONEEDLING & MICROCHANNELING FOR ACNE SCARS
Microneedling (or Microchanneling), is a procedure that might sound more intimidating than it is. It offers a uniquely proactive approach to acne scar treatment. By creating tiny punctures in the skin using fine needles, this method kick-starts the body’s natural healing processes. The minor trauma caused by the needles stimulates collagen production, an essential protein that acts as the scaffolding of the skin. Increased collagen can fill in and smooth out scars, leading to a more even skin surface. It’s particularly effective for rolling or atrophic scars, which are characterized by their indented appearance. Microneedling also enhances the skin's absorption abilities, making it more receptive to topical treatments that might be applied post-procedure, thus amplifying their benefits. This synergy between microneedling and topical solutions can lead to more pronounced improvements in skin texture and scarring. Furthermore, microneedling is celebrated for its ability to improve overall skin texture and elasticity, leading to a more youthful and revitalized appearance.
While similar in concept to microneedling, microchanneling uses a different type of device that creates microchannels in the skin without the use of traditional needles. These channels are extremely small and precise. This enhances the effectiveness of any topical solution applied afterwards. Microchanneling is designed to be less invasive than traditional microneedling and typically results in less downtime and irritation for the client. It's often chosen for its ability to deliver active ingredients deeper into the skin, enhancing their effectiveness.
At GLOWDEGA, we offer a highly customized, microchanneling hybrid treatment for acne scars—the R&R (Repair & Restore) Facial—that is best done in series of three.
CHEMICAL PEELS TO REMOVE ACNE SCARS
Chemical peels, a procedure that might evoke thoughts of drastic change, are actually a controlled and calculated method to improve skin appearance, especially effective for acne scars. These peels work by applying a chemical solution to the skin, which causes the top layers to exfoliate and eventually peel off. This process reveals new, unblemished skin underneath, often significantly reducing the visibility of scars. The depth of the peel—Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, and Level 4—determines the level of skin penetration and subsequent results. Level 1 peels are light peels that are excellent for superficial scars and can be done frequently. Most clients can withstand Level 1 peels with almost no discomfort and very minimal peeling. In fact, most clients experience mild flakiness. Our Level 2 and Level 3 peels can make inroads on some scarring but usually only after a series of 4 or more. And our Level 4 Peel is our best solution for tackling more severe scars, offering more dramatic results. The Level 4 Peel is only available after a very strict, 3-month regimen involving both treatments and home care.
Beyond scar reduction, chemical peels are renowned for evening out skin tone, reducing hyperpigmentation, and imparting a luminous glow to the skin. They also contribute to the reduction of fine lines and sun damage, making them a comprehensive treatment for overall skin rejuvenation. The versatility of chemical peels, with varying strengths and types, allows for tailored treatments to match individual skin types and concerns, making it a versatile option for many seeking acne scar treatment.
Each of these treatments, with their distinct mechanisms of action, offers a path towards smoother, clearer skin. Topical treatments provide a gentle, daily approach to gradually diminish scars. Microneedling takes a more aggressive stance, encouraging the body’s own healing mechanisms to fill in and smooth out scars. Chemical peels offer a middle ground, with varying intensities to suit different scar depths and skin sensitivities. Together, these methods encompass a broad spectrum of options for those seeking to reduce the appearance of acne scars, each with its own set of benefits that cater to different needs and preferences.
WHAT IS THE COST OF ACNE SCAR REMOVAL IN OAKLAND?
The cost of acne scar removal varies widely depending on the type of treatment, the severity of the scars, the number of sessions required, and the location of the esthetician or medical office. Here's a general overview:
Home Care Products: Usually this is the most affordable option but you can't expect to see significant results on your acne scars for at least 4 months. Prices range from as little as $40-$150 and typically last 4-6 months or longer.
Microneedling/Microchanneling: The cost for these services can vary, typically ranging from $250 to $800 per session. Multiple sessions are usually needed for optimal results. At GLOWDEGA, we offer the R&R as a one-off for $400, which includes all necessary home care. We also offer packages of this service in 3 or 6.
Chemical Peels: Light (Level 1) peels might start around $125, while deeper (Level 4) peels can go up to $3,500 or more, depending on the strength of the peel and the treatment extent.
Of course, the prices in Oakland may differ than those offered in Texas or New York. Prices can also vary based on the expertise and reputation of the practitioner, and the specific needs of the patient. It's important to consult with a qualified esthetician to get a more accurate estimate based on individual needs and to ensure the chosen treatment is appropriate for the type of acne scars you have. Additionally, most acne scar treatments are considered cosmetic procedures and are not typically covered by health insurance. It's always a good idea to discuss costs and payment options with the provider during the consultation.
It’s important to remember that the journey to reduce acne scars is deeply personal and varies from individual to individual. Factors like skin type, scar severity, and personal tolerance for certain treatments play a crucial role in determining the most suitable approach. Consulting with us can provide valuable insights and guidance, ensuring that the chosen treatment aligns well with personal goals and skin health. With patience and the right treatment, reducing acne scars can lead not only to improved skin appearance but also to enhanced self-confidence and well-being.