Acne scar Treatments Medication

Acne scar Treatments Medication

Many people will suffer from the effects of acne at some time or other in their lives. For many people acne is just a passing condition that can be grown out of with no after effects whatsoever. Other people may be left with the after effects for many years and can be seen in the mirror each day in the form of scarring. People suffer from different degrees of scarring and the severity will determine the type of treatment given. Recent years have seen great advances in acne scar treatments; medication, laser treatments and dermabrasions are all now common forms of treatment.

Medication is something that can help reduce scarring and help to improve the appearance of a scar, although it may not be suited to every type of scar. To find out what treatment is best suited to your condition you should seek the help and advice of a GP or dermatologist.

Visiting a GP and dermatologist

If you are having problems with acne scarring you should make an appointment to see your local GP and talk through your condition and how it is affecting your self- esteem and quality of life. A GP may also be able to recommend acne scar treatments, medications and psychological help if it is needed. The GP may also refer you to a dermatologist for specialist advice regards the acne scarring.


A dermatologist is qualified to deal with all aspects of acne and will be able to recommend a treatment that is best suited to the type of scarring that you have.

Treating acne scars with medication

Medication is often prescribed by dermatologists as one of the acne scar treatments; medication is also available in some forms over-the-counter from pharmacies. Using a form of medication to treat acne is generally only done so if the patient is suffering from superficial and mild scarring.


Medication is given in two forms, topical and oral. Topical medication is applied directly to the skin in the form of cream or oil. Oral medication is given as tablets to be taken by mouth. Most medications carry side effects are not provided to patients that are pregnant.


Like many other acne scar treatments, medication will need to be taken of applied over a period of time before results are visible. Topical medication is usually contains benzoyl peroxide which can work by killing off excess skin bacteria.


Antibiotics are prescribed as a form of treatment for the acne which in turn can lessen the severity of scarring, antibiotics have been used as a treatment for acne over many years which have led to antibiotic resistance occurring meaning the tablets have less effect.

 

Isotretinoin is one of the more powerful acne scar treatments; medication like this is only available through prescription. Isotretinoin is used in the treatment of deep cysts and scarring, it is known to be very effective but will also require the patient to be monitored closely by a dermatologist because of possible side effects that can be dangerous.