Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, and affects around 50 million people each year in North America alone. Acne usually has a hormonal basis and as such will usually begin during puberty or early adolescence. It is estimated that 85% of all people will suffer from some form of acne during their lifetime. Acne can affect any part of the body, but is most common on the face, neck, shoulders, back and chest.
Adults are not immune to acne either: it has been said that between 40 and 55% of adults aged between 20 and 40 experience some form of persistent, low-grade acne. Adult acne tends to affect women more than men, with 54% of women aged 25 or over complaining of some form of acne.
40% of people who have had acne report severe scarring, and many more report mild scarring as a result. Acne scarring can be incredibly damaging to self-esteem and mental health. It comes as no surprise then that the treatment of acne scarring is a burgeoning industry worth billions of pounds. Whilst acne scarring can be mitigated by refraining from picking or scratching spots, this is no guarantee that acne scarring will not ensue.
There are many options available for treating acne scars, but most are either invasive or severely damaging to the skin around the scar. Treatments for acne scarring can also be incredibly expensive.
But what if you’re looking for an effective home treatment to cure your acne scarring that is totally non-invasive? If your confidence has been knocked by acne scarring, and you’re looking for a solution that is straightforward, won’t cause any further damage to your skin, is safe, and - most importantly - offers unparalleled results quickly and effectively, there is one treatment that trumps all others: the LYMA laser.
First, let’s take a look at the three types of acne scarring that you might experience, and then we’ll evaluate some of the most common acne scarring treatments on the market. Read on to find out why LYMA’s at-home laser system is the only acne scarring treatment you need.
3 Types of acne scarring
Ice pick scarring – this type of scarring looks like your skin has been punctured over and over again with a sharp, pointed object. Holes are usually small but numerous and thus noticeable.
Boxcar scars – these can be any shape and their appearance is sometimes likened to craters in the skin.
Rolling scars – these are the most difficult to treat; they are caused by build-ups of scar tissue under the skin that form in bands. These scars can give the skin’s surface a ‘rolling’ and uneven appearance.
Acne scarring treatments
Whilst this can be done with a laser, most dermabrasion involves removing the top layer of skin using a specifically-made wire brush. This can be painful, and your skin might remain red and sore for many months. As your skin heals, you should notice an improvement in the appearance of acne scarring. However, there is so guarantee that you’ll see results after just one session and the side-effects of wire brush dermabrasion are not to be taken lightly.
Punch techniques can be an effective treatment for two out of the three main types of acne scar and can be useful in the treatment of both ice pick scars and boxcar scars.
Punch techniques can be split into three categories:
- Punch excision – this involves the surgical removal of a scar and the closing of the wound to create an even appearance. Punch extension is used to treat mild ice pick scars.
- Punch elevation – In punch elevation, a boxcar scar’s base is removed and then brought up and attached to the sides so that the base and sides of the scar are on the same plane, creating an even and level appearance. Punch elevation, when done correctly, should result in the scar being ‘flush’ with the surrounding skin.
- Punch grafting – This is the most invasive of the punch techniques as it involves taking skin from elsewhere on the body and using it to plug very deep ice pick scars. The skin is usually taken from behind the ear. Punch grafting can dramatically improve the appearance of ice pick scars but can be fairly traumatic.
Subcision is an invasive surgical treatment used to treat rolling scars. The procedure involves removing the top few layers of skin from the scar tissue underneath. Blood will then rush to the area, eventually clotting and forcing the scar upwards so that it can be treated with additional laser and/or dermabrasion.
Now this is where it gets tasty. The LYMA Laser is in a class of its own when it comes to acne scar removal. The LYMA Laser uses non-ablative laser rejuvenation to stimulate collagen production that encourages the skin to rejuvenate and renew itself. It is completely non-invasive and pain-free and, in fact, you can’t even feel it working its magic. What’s more, for the first time, we are proud to introduce a medical-grade near infra-red 500mW laser that can be used safely at home. So no need for multiple trips to the dermatologist - or actually any trips at all. You can use the laser safely and in the total private and comfort of your own home.
How does The LYMA Laser work?
The LYMA Laser contains a state-of-the-art and incredibly powerful filtered beam which works to diffuse a tiny pinprick of infrared light over the target skin area. It works by ‘unlocking’ the energy-providing mitochondria that are present in all skin cells, encouraging the production of both collagen and elastin, and enabling the body to start breaking down the scar tissue. The LYMA laser then encourages the regeneration of this scar tissue so that it more closely resembles the surrounding skin.
The LYMA laser is a powerful and effective way to fight both acne itself and the scarring it causes. Applying the laser to the scarred skin for just 10 minutes each day for four weeks will render acne no longer present and scars significantly diminished. If you don’t believe us, take a look here to see the results for yourself.
Does The LYMA Laser have any other uses?
Yes! Lots. Whether you want to look younger by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, get rid of sagging and increase skin tension and elasticity in the skin, banish inflammation or improve the appearance of pigmentation, the LYMA Laser has something to offer you. The LYMA laser has been designed to help you to feel confident in your skin.
Unlike every other treatment for acne scarring, The LYMA Laser is totally non-invasive, has no side effects whatsoever associated with it, and poses zero risk of infection, scabbing, reddening or pain.
For more information on the revolutionary LYMA Laser, see our guide to everything you need to know about LYMA's groundbreaking new laser.
The LYMA Laser Starter Kit, including LYMA Activating Serum and LYMA Mist, is available to buy here.