Acne scars can be a lifelong battle starting at a young age. These scars result from the skin's attempt to heal itself in an unorganized manner, unfortunately leaving behind raised tissue or depressions in the skin's surface.
In this post, I will discuss my 4-step approach to treating acne scars to achieve a smooth and even complexion:
1. SkinPen Microneedling
SkinPen is the MVP of microneedling. It was the first FDA approved microneedling device and specifically approved for treating acne scars - this means it has been clinically tested and verified to get you results! This treatment involves using tiny needles to make controlled punctures in the skin, stimulating the body's natural healing process.
2. Adding PRP to SkinPen Microneedling
Adding Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) as a serum to your microneedling treatment will take your results to the next level. PRP is a rich source of growth factors and proteins whose main function is tissue repair, regeneration, and remodeling. Microneedling PRP directly into skin greatly enhances the effects of microneedling and of PRP itself.
3. PRP Injections
Injecting PRP directly into scars allows for a greater volume of PRP to be concentrated at the site of the scarring. A higher volume in these specific areas aids in regeneration and healing of this tissue.
4. Rx Tretinoin Cream
I prescribe Tretinoin cream to enhance your results, working its magic to shed old skin layers and reveal a smoother, more youthful appearance. Tretinoin isn't just for acne scars, it also prevents and treats acne, as well as other signs of aging such as sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles, and uneven skin tone and texture.
Combining SkinPen microneedling, PRP as a serum to microneedling, PRP injections, and a prescription for Tretinoin cream creates a powerful synergy that effectively targets and treats acne scars. You can start with just one of these options and get great results or we can make a plan to incorporate all of the above to maximize results.
Sarah-Kate Rems, NP