Acne scars are only permanent when you let them be. With the continuous development of aesthetic technology, more and more treatments have surfaced to treat this pesky skin condition. Services for acne scar removal in Singapore are always a common inquiry, says Dr Chua Cheng Yu, a respected and experienced aesthetic doctor.
If you are one of the many acne scar sufferers and do not know where to start your acne scar removal journey, you can start right here! This article presents the top procedures used for acne scar removal in Singapore as well as a list of foods that are helpful in pampering your skin back to health once you have undergone treatment.
How does an acne scar form on the skin?
An acne scar usually happens after the skin heals itself from inflammation caused by dead skin cells and bacteria that clog up the pore. This inflammation causes damage to the dermis of the skin and affects the surrounding skin tissue. During the healing process, the skin either produces too much collagen or loses a great amount of it. Production of excess collagen can lead to too much raising up of the skin on the surface, resulting in hypertrophic or keloid scarring. When there is an excess loss of collagen and extreme damage to the deep layers of the skin, a hollow area forms underneath the skin causing it to be depressed or sunken. This scarring is called atrophic.
What are the available treatments for acne scar removal in Singapore?
There are a variety of treatments for acne scar removal in Singapore. From the use of injections to high-powered machines, your acne scar problem can be surely gone following several treatments.
- Chemical peels – This treatment uses natural acids to peel off the topmost layer of the skin in order to allow a new and fresh layer to grow, resulting in the reduction of the appearance of the acne scar.
- Corticosteroid injections – This treatment, when injected into the skin, works to soften out thick hypertrophic scars and flatten them to level the skin.
- Dermal fillers – This treatment is done similarly with the application of steroid treatments, using injections. Dermal fillers are injected into the shallow depressions on the skin and raise it up to make the skin’s surface even. This treatment requires repeat sessions as most dermal fillers last only for one year.
- Punch excision – This treatment uses a device that is able to cut out tiny holes on the skin. Once the device has punched through the skin and removed the acne scar, the wound that is created is then stitched closed. This acne removal treatment is best used for ice pick scars.
- Subcision – This treatment uses a needle that is inserted into the skin to release the hold of fibrous bands of scar tissue that causes the surface of the skin to be depressed. The skin then stimulates collagen that helps lift the once depressed skin and forms an evener top layer, reducing the appearance of the acne scar.
Note that these treatments are each best to treat certain types of acne scars. To know which one is most suited for your condition, proper consultation and assessment with an aesthetic provider is essential.
What are the foods that can help with acne scar removal?
Following an acne scar removal treatment, be sure to add foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals. Fruits and vegetables are your best sources for these. Here are the vitamins and minerals that you should be on the lookout for when preparing your recovery meal:
- Vitamin A – This vitamin is a great source of Retinol. You may have heard of Retinol as this is a common ingredient in facial products used to fight off acne. Vitamin A is known to protect the skin from inflammation, discolouration, and clogged pores. Sweet potato and carrots are loaded with this good stuff.
- Vitamin C – This vitamin is another popular ingredient in skincare. Serums that are concentrated with vitamin C have been the latest craze among skincare enthusiasts. Why? Because vitamin C promotes collagen production and helps lighten dark marks. Kale, tomatoes, and berries are packed with this vitamin, so be sure to include them in your daily diet.
- Antioxidant-rich foods – Free radicals from processed foods bring toxins that cause inflammations in the body. To combat this, increase your intake of foods that are rich with anti-oxidants, such as cucumber, lemon, and salmon.
- Foods rich in Omega-3 – Omega-3 fatty acids help the skin by protecting it from damage that can be caused by sun exposure. Aside from that it can also help with the restoration of the skin’s structure and reduce any inflammation. Remember to snack on almonds and add more fish, like salmon, anchovies, mackerel, and sardines to your meals for a daily dose of Omega-3.
- Low-glycemic foods – High levels of blood sugar can cause inflammation in the body, which can cause acne. To prevent this from happening, switch those white carbs for low-glycemic foods in the form of chickpeas, lentils, and beans.
Dr Chua Cheng Yu
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