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Treating the Scars that Acne Leaves Behind

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Acne is one of the most common skin diseases in the United States. Scarring from acne occurs in over 20 million suffers in the United States alone. Even without irritating the skin through picking and popping, scarring can be left behind when pimples and redness no longer remain.  Acne scars are typically classified as boxcar, ice pick, and rolling scars.

Lasers are a common and effective modality to treating acne scars. Laser resurfacing has been a reliable treatment Dr. Rokhsar, a fellowship trained dermatologist, has been using for years. As one of the leading authorities in fractional laser treatment, Dr. Rokhsar has taught more physicians on laser treatments than any other physician in the world. Fraxel is the most current and effective fractional laser resurfacing treatment available. Dr. Rokhsar spent a significant amount of time refining and developing applications for Fraxel and after working with the prototype device, has a considerable and incomparable amount of training with the laser.

This laser resurfaces the skin 20 to 30 percent at a time, which encourages a rapid healing process while eliminating the risk of rawness. Because it treats minute sections of the skin at a time, the body naturally heals itself at each small area at a time. The thermal laser stimulates collage production, resulting in up to 50 percent improvements in the appearance of acne scars.

Ways to avoid the worsening of acne scars is to stay out of the sun or constantly protect your skin with at least SPF 30 sunscreen.  Exposing scars to the sun can cause them to darken and slow down the natural healing process. Even if laser treatments are done, sun exposure can lead to ineffective results. The ultraviolet rays the sun gives off can stimulate melanocytes which are pigment-producing cells that lead to further discoloration.

Cortisone creams are an over-the-counter solution to treating acne scars because it reduces inflammation. Of course, it is not as effective as the laser treatments provided by Dr. Rokhsar, but the cream can lighten any hyperpigmentation left on the acne scar, which will fade but not erase the discoloration and raised scarring.

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