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Acne Scarring: How to Heal Deep Blemishes Safely and Effectively

Acne Treatments in Portland, ME

If you have scarring from acne on the face, neck, chest or other areas, you already know it can be difficult, or even impossible to treat with over-the-counter products.

Acne scarring happens just like any other scarring; after the skin heals following an acne outbreak, the site where the wound was located can bump up, darken or pit in response to the collagen deposited during the healing process. Inflammation and repeated picking or popping of pimples further damage the skin, increasing the likelihood. Those with a history of severe acne have a greater likelihood of dealing with acne scarring through adulthood.

Acne scars and pitting can be harder to treat than other scars, because the collagen buildup can also be found underneath the skin, where the acne originated. Our team of physicians and medical aestheticians help patients struggling with acne scarring by treating the problem at its root cause, using the eMatrix System with the Sublative Rejuvenation™ Treatment. Below, we’ve answered some common questions about acne scarring and the eMatrix.

So, what is the eMatrix?

The eMatrix is an FDA approved Sublative Rejuvenation Treatment proven safe and effective on all skin types. The eMatrix system delivers sublative rejuvenation with fractionated bipolar RF energy, safely penetrating surface skin to correct existing blemishes in the deeper, dermis skin layer. With this treatment, skin appears smoother and noticeably more regular.

One of the most exciting things about the eMatrix is that, unlike many previous laser or dermatology treatments for acne, it works equally as well on darker skin tones as it does on light ones. Often, dermatologists have to be wary of hyperpigmentation or even discoloration problems with darker skin after laser and other similar treatments. The eMatrix utilizes lower radio frequency (RF) energy, which does not activate pigment-producing cells in the skin.

Is the eMatrix the best choice for me?

At CEC, we design each patient’s treatment plan individually, and the eMatrix may not be the perfect solution for all acne scarring problems. Our other options include the Total FX Co2 fractionated laser, the V-Beam laser, collagen treatments, or even dermal fillers in some cases.

What if I still have acne?

It’s not typically as effective to treat acne scars when there are still existing acne flare-ups. We would prioritize getting the current acne under control and cleared up before removing older acne scars, as that will produce the best results and lead to lasting, smoother skin. However, in the meantime, there are things you can do to prevent future scarring, such as avoiding picking and popping, and treating your acne with a regular acne management program, which may include topical creams, microdermabrasion, medications, and other treatments we offer.

Let us help you develop a plan to get rid of acne and acne scarring, with the help of our expert dermatologists. We serve patients all across New England and welcome you to contact us anytime for a consultation.