Saturday, January 9, 2010

Acne Scarring Does Not Have to be Permanent

You look into the mirror and wish for clear beautiful skin but you do not believe this is possible because of the scarring that your acne has left behind. Well suffering from acne scarring is not a life sentences there are many treatments available. The most important factor is that you need to know which type of scarring you have to be able to rid yourself of these devastating scars.

Most common Acne Scarring

Most acne scarring can be grouped into three groups
1. The first one has a deep pit appearance and is referred to as ice pick scarring
2. Another types is a more angular scar known as a box car scars or a rolling scar, which gives a raised appearance.
3. The last one is hypertrophic scars that give the skin a thickened and textured appearance.
Other than these three formal scars some have a scarring in the sense of skin discoloration.

What type of treatment for Acne Scarring

When you go to the Dermatologist he will determine which type of acne scarring you have and how to treat it. The most effective treatment will be determined so a plan can be worked out. Microdermabrasion is least severe type of treatment and can be used on Acne Scarring that is not real bad.

Microdermabrasion is a form of chemical peeling of the skin and usually more than one treatment is required. Another treatment that is easy on you in laser treatment it requires the use of a laser to remove layers of skin and just like microdermabrasion it requires several treatments.

If you and your dermatologist determine that you have severe acne scarring it will probably require surgery but surgery for acne scarring is usually done on the underlying skin so you will not have any stitches or visible marks.

Acne scarring that has left you with discoloration of the skin is the easiest to treat and can be treated with over the counter lotion or gels. When you and your dermatologist determine that you have discoloration you will then be able to discuss the kind of lotion or gels that are available and the one that are the safest because you already have a problem that is understandably very hard on a person self esteem and you do not want to use a product that may cause you to have some other kind of problem.

Acne scarring may look like it has left you with unsightly scarring that you will have to deal with for a lifetime. But you should not be disheartened because there are plenty of treatments from surgery to lotions so that you can have beautiful, clear skin that you will love and can be proud of.

By : Philip Collins
Philip Collins is the webmaster of where you can get more information and resources for your acne needs.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Acne Rosacea - Symptoms, Causes, Treatments

Acne rosacea is a skin condition characterized by reddish discoloration of the facial skin, particularly in the area of the cheeks, forehead and the nose. It is usually found in fair skinned adults, and is often mistaken for acne. The tiny blood vessels under the skin dilate and give the appearance of "blushing".

While pimples may occur with acne rosacea there are no whiteheads or blackheads. At first the redness may come and go, but if untreated it will continue to worsen, with pimples and permanent flushing of the face.

Extreme cases of acne rosacea that have not been treated can lead to disfigurement of the nose and puffy cheeks. Cosmetic surgery is the only way to repair this severe damage. Acne rosacea may also cause a gritty feeling in the eyes that, if not treated, can lead to impaired vision.

Acne rosacea can occur in men or women. Women tend to get acne rosacea more often than men, but men have more severe symptoms than do women.

Causes of Acne Rosacea

One of the most frustrating things about acne rosacea is that there is no known cause. There are many suggestion as to the origins of rosacea such as:

- Emotional factors that cause blushing or flushing of the face may trigger acne rosacea.
- Changes in the weather may cause acne rosacea to occur.
- Sun exposure generally worsens the condition.
- Mites or certain bacteria may cause the initial outbreaks of acne rosacea.
- Some medications for heart conditions that are used a vasodilator may bring about the onset of acne rosacea.

Treatments Available

It is important to remember that acne rosacea is not the same as teenage acne, and will not respond to over the counter acne treatments. These treatments are more likely to further irritate the skin and cause a worsening of the condition.

The most successful treatment of acne rosacea includes:

- A strong oral antibiotic that gradually decreases to a maintenance level.
- A topical cream that is applied regularly to the affected area. This cream usually will contain antibiotics in conjunction with cortisone or a prescription acne mediation.

Things to avoid/moderate

- Minimize skin exposure to the sun.
- Avoid or minimize smoking
- Moderate alcohol consumption
- Avoid spicy foods

As promised - you now know what acne rosacea is, what causes this condition and how it can be treated/controlled.

By : Mike Singh
Mike Singh is the publisher of On his website, he shows how to cure a pimple and articles about acne causes and treatments.