Treating Atrophic Scars
Treating Atrophic Scars with a Derma Roller
Scars are a natural part of the healing process of injured skin.
There are two main types of scars: Atrophic and Hypertrophic.
Hypertrophic scars occur when the body overproduces collagen, which causes the scar to be raised above the surrounding skin. Atrophic scars are exactly the opposite: they are caused by tissue loss and result in a valley or hole in the skin.
Acne Scars are probably the most common type of atrophic scars. They are created when the skin has been unable to fully repair itself to the point it was before an acne outbreak. It is a very common condition and when present on the face in particular, it can often be emotionally stressful and cause self-confidence issues.
Derma rollers are particularly effective in treating Atrophic scars. The micro-needles of the derma roller gently encourage your acne scarring or pitted scarring to fill up and drastically reduce in appearance by increasing collagen levels in the skin, triggering it to renew itself.
Our recommended regimen for treating pitted scars on the face or body is as follows:
- Use a derma roller of at least 0.5mm in length. The more sunken the scar is, the longer the needles should be. For scars on the face we usually recommend using a 1.0mm roller (You may also use a 1.5mm but it is usually reserved for very deep scars or stretch marks on the body). A 0.5mm roller may be used up to 3 times a week, whereas a 1.0mm should only be used once a week.
- Apply Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic acid) regularly on the skin, especially in the days prior to derma rolling. Vitamin C is essential for the synthesis of collagen, but is not naturally present in the body.
- Using topical products that are targeted for treating scars may speed up the healing process. We recommend using our EGF Serum. If the scar is also dark and hyper-pigmented, a lightening agent should be used as well (coming soon).
Initial results are expected within a few weeks, but continuous use over a period of several months is often required to achieve significant improvement. Deep scars are unlikely to disappear entirely, but often they are faded out so much that they can be barely seen anymore.
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