A Guide to Acne Scars at Any Age
Acne is incredibly common, affecting an estimated 85 percent of people between 12 and 24 years of age. However, while it’s easy to assume that acne will clear up by the time you’re well out of adolescence, it can affect adults at any age too.
And the scars it leaves behind may become a persistent problem.
Fortunately, modern techniques can treat acne scarring effectively. Certain technologies have the power to reduce its visibility and cultivate clearer, smoother skin.
But what causes acne? What types of acne scarring affect adults? And what treatments are available?
What causes acne?
Acne occurs when pores or hair follicles become clogged with dead skin cells and oil (produced naturally by the body). The face, forehead, upper back, chest, and shoulders may all be affected.
Why these areas? Because these have the most sebaceous (oil) glands, which remove old skin cells and lubricate the skin.
This causes various types of breakout, depending on the type of blockage affecting the pores or follicles. These include:
One or more of the following can trigger acne in people at any age:
This is a common cause of acne in people going through puberty. A particular type of hormone, androgens, increases in males and females, which causes the sebaceous glands to grow bigger.
These produce more sebum (oil) — and too much can cause pores and follicles to become clogged. Adults may experience acne breakouts as their hormones fluctuate with age or certain physical changes, such as pregnancy.
It’s believed that certain foods can contribute to, and exacerbate, acne. These include those high in refined carbohydrates (such as bread and white rice), dairy products, and junk food.
Stress can make acne worse, though it’s not believed to be a cause.
Drugs which contain testosterone, corticosteroids, and lithium may all contribute to acne.
A family history of acne could lead to acne, particularly if both parents had it.
What causes acne scarring?
Acne leaves two types of traces in its wake: red or brown marks, and scars.
The former type of trace will usually improve and become less visible over time, with no need for treatment.
But acne scars are different. These are permanent changes to skin resulting from severe forms of the condition, in which acne cysts or nodules burst and destroy tissue. This remains unreplaced, even after healing, and leaves a clear indentation in the skin.
This is likely to become visible scarring that stays with the individual affected for the rest of their life.
Acne scars may also be caused by picking and squeezing pimples. It’s crucial that you keep your hands away from affected areas as much as you can: if you give in to the temptation to try to pop your spots, especially painful ones, you could leave your skin in worse condition for years to come.
People affected by acne scars may feel self-conscious, particularly in extreme cases. Make-up can help to conceal it as a temporary solution, though certain treatments are designed to reduce the visibility of acne scarring permanently.
What types of acne scars do I have?
There are multiple types of acne scarring:
Ice pick acne scars are small holes deep in the skin’s surface. As the name suggests, affected areas will look as if they have been pricked with a narrow-tipped instrument.
Boxcar scars have a shallow to medium depth, and tend to occur on the temples or cheeks. This type of acne scarring often responds well to treatment.
Rolling scars look like depressions or dips, so the skin appears uneven. This is the result of scar tissue forming beneath the surface.
A skincare specialist will be able to identify the type of scarring affecting you following a close examination.
What treatments are available for acne scars?
Astra Medicare’s team offers multiple treatments to minimize the visibility of acne scars:
Clear + Brilliant
Clear + Brilliant is an innovative laser treatment that rejuvenates the skin from the inside out. It forms microscopic treatment zones in the skin’s upper layers and replaces damaged cells with healthy ones. This leaves skin looking younger and healthier overall.
As Clear + Brilliant reduces the size of pores and balances pigmentation, it can improve the appearance of acne scarring on the face.
The Perfect Derma Peel
The Perfect Derma Peel is packed with such powerful ingredients as:
This is formulated to treat a number of skin disorders, including acne scars. The skin will be visibly smoother, refreshed, and healthier overall.
Results are typically noticeable after just one week, but this can vary from one patient to another.
Glutathione IV treatment
Glutathione is a natural antioxidant present in the human body, and it’s crucial for regulating the production of melanin (which gives skin its color).
Introducing extra glutathione to the bloodstream intravenously via Glutathione IV therapy can cause the skin to become brighter and healthier.
This may help to improve the appearance of areas affected by acne scarring and boost the general health of your skin.
How can I book a consultation for acne scar treatment?
Astra Medicare’s team is here to help treat your acne scars through one of our cutting-edge treatments. We’ll examine your skin thoroughly to determine the right option for you, based on the condition of your acne and/or scarring.
We’ll also recommend any other treatments we believe will benefit your skin and health overall. For example, Astramed Skincare products are designed to cultivate beautiful, clear skin with lasting results.
If you’re ready to start your journey to healthier skin, book your consultation with one of our experienced skincare experts in Brampton now!
Conquer Your Fear of Skin Disorders in 3 Simple Steps
Skin disorders can be difficult to live with, to say the least. And they affect millions of Canadians every year:
These (and numerous other) skin disorders have the potential to transform your appearance in drastic and unwelcome ways, particularly when they affect the face.
Sadly, people will notice issues (rashes, blemishes, hyperpigmentation, acne breakouts, severe dry skin, etc.) on your face immediately. This could leave you feeling self-conscious and reluctant to interact with people, even those you know well.
But if you’re worried about developing certain skin disorders, there are steps you can take to improve your skin’s condition and cultivate a healthier appearance overall. And below, we’ll look at three simple options with the power to achieve incredible results.
Clear + Brilliant
Astra Medicare has helped hundreds of patients with the revolutionary Clear + Brilliant treatment. And it may just work wonders for you too.
One of our experienced skincare specialists will apply a gentle laser to target areas on the face. This creates microscopic treatment zones in the skin’s upper layers, and causes healthy tissue to replace damaged skin.
Clear + Brilliant uses the patented Intelligent Optical Tracking technology: this ensures proper skin contact to achieve uniform application to target areas.
This treatment utilizes innovative technology but is still amazingly simple. A single Clear + Brilliant session will last just 15 to 20 minutes and will leave you with skin that looks both healthier and younger.
We’ve found that patients report an improvement in the overall appearance of their skin, specifically its texture and tone. The appearance of pores and fine lines can also be improved significantly.
Clear + Brilliant is generally recommended as a treatment to combat the signs of aging and prevent the development of fine lines/wrinkles. However, its ability to reduce the size of pores means it may help to enhance the appearance of skin affected by acne, particularly the scarring left in its wake.
Clear + Brilliant is also recommended for patients living with hyperpigmentation. This is a common condition manifesting as dark patches across the skin, which may occur on the face, the arms, or other areas of the body.
Hyperpigmentation can be caused by a number of factors, including:
When hyperpigmentation develops, the skin will start to look significantly different and could cause concern. But multiple Clear + Brilliant sessions may help to reduce the visibility of dark patches and create a more balanced skin tone.
Glutathione IV therapy
IV therapy has become a popular type of treatment in recent years, even among A-list stars like Madonna and Brad Pitt.
It’s a fantastic way to introduce nutrients and antioxidants into the body without taking oral supplements. Why?
Because administering the formulas intravenously enables them to bypass the gastrointestinal system and enter the bloodstream directly. Oral supplements and foods, even those packed with vitamins and minerals, can be stripped of much of their good stuff as they’re digested.
A wide range of IV therapy treatments are available, but one of the most effective to help you conquer your fear of skin disorders is Astra Medicare’s Glutathione IV option.
This is formulated to help your skin become lighter, brighter, and healthier overall. It’s an ideal solution if you have an uneven skin tone or hyperpigmentation, whether caused by hormonal fluctuations or sun damage.
Glutathione is an antioxidant that’s naturally present in the human body, that inhibits the production of melanin. As melanin is responsible for skin pigmentation, too much of it can create dark patches on the face and elsewhere, but introducing extra glutathione to the body will help to create a more balanced skin tone.
Our Glutathione IV therapy may also help to improve the appearance of blemishes and freckles, as well as reducing the visibility of liver spots. If you spend a lot of time outdoors and worry about developing hyperpigmentation, a course of glutathione IV therapy sessions could leave you with healthier, clearer, brighter skin overall.
The Perfect Derma Peel
The next step in conquering your fear of skin disorders is the Perfect Derma Peel.
This amazing treatment includes numerous powerful ingredients, such as:
We recommend the Perfect Derma Peel for a range of skin conditions and disorders. It’s known to help improve the appearance of acne scars, reduce the visibility of sun spots, and revitalize a dull, aging complexion brilliantly. It’s effective for all ethnicities and skin types.
The Perfect Derma Peel is almost entirely painless: there’s no skin preparation required ahead of the treatment, and little downtime is required. It’s also the only peel featuring glutathione.
This treatment can reduce or eliminate hyperpigmentation, melasma (a skin disorder similar to hyperpigmentation but caused by hormonal changes rather than sun exposure), and sun damage. It can leave acne scars less visible and reduce the appearance of pore size.
While the Perfect Derma Peel is effective at treating skin disorders, it also works to boost the overall texture and tone of your skin.
It stimulates collagen production to encourage more youthful, firmer skin too.
The Perfect Derma Peel could help you to fend off common signs of aging and minimize the visibility of specific skin disorders you may be living with.
How can you start taking these steps to combat skin disorders?
If you have acne, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, blemishes, or any other skin disorder, or you’re afraid of developing them, these three straightforward treatments may be just what you need.
Astra Medicare’s dedicated team will assess your skin and discuss your goals during your pre-treatment consultation. This is vital to understand the condition of your skin, and to ensure we provide you with the most effective treatment to achieve the best results.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Astra Medispa Announces Name Change to Astra Medicare
Focusing on Medical Treatments to Support Patient Wellness & Longevity
Brampton, Ontario, January 26, 2021 Astra Medispa, a luxury, award-winning spa located in the heart of Brampton, announced today that it has changed its name to Astra Medicare.
Founded by Svitlana Blesko in 2017, the business quickly rose to winning prestigious Top Choice Awards in both 2020 and 2021. The goal has always been to provide the best patient care, products and services.
Over the past couple years with the increasing demand for additional medical services and products our management team decided to shift the focus from a traditional medical spa to a comprehensive medical centre embracing longevity and wellness. Our name change will reflect our core values and value proposition for our patients more accurately.
Astra Medicare will focus on services such as IV Vitamin Therapy, Lipotropic Injections, Cosmetic Injectables and Fillers, including Intimate Injectables, Treatments for Hair Loss, Migraines, and Hyperhidrosis, Body & Face Contouring, Shaping and Skin Tightening, as well as Massage Therapy, Facial Treatments, Laser Hair Removal and CoolSculpting.
We are excited to be able to offer a wider variety of medical non-surgical services and look forward to further enhancing the quality of care for our patients with our incredible growing team of medical doctors, registered cosmetic nurses, estheticians, registered massage therapists, and medical reception staff.
“Our goal is to help patients look and feel their best inside and out, and our new name accurately reflects that”, said Ms. Blesko.
About Astra Medicare:
Located in the heart of Brampton, Ontario, Astra Medicare is an upscale Wellness and Medical Centre. We conveniently feature a full range of longevity, rehabilitation and non-surgical medical aesthetic services delivered by expert medical staff.
Founder and CEO
Dedicated and passionate Astra Medicare staff.