Acne is the most common skin disorder, affecting around 15% of the adult population and up to 80% of adolescents. Facial scarring because of acne occurs to some degree in most cases. The majority of acne scars are flat and depressed below the surrounding skin (atrophic), generally small and often round with an indented or inverted centre. To prevent acne scars, do not pop, squeeze, or pick at acne; do not pull scabs of acne; seek treatment early for acne that does not respond to OTC medications.

Types of Acne Scars:

–          red and/or hyperpigmented marks: a post-inflammatory change that usually disappears in 6-12 months

–          acne scars – icepick: depressed scars, deep, narrow and sharp; usually too deep for dermabrasion or laser skin resurfacing

–          acne scars – boxcar: depressed scars, round with sharp edges

–          rolling acne scars: depressed scars, wavy texture in the skin

–          keloids and hypertrophic scars are raised acne scars that may become larger and more noticeable, sometimes painful and itchy.  

Silicone gel like Strataderm is effective for treatment of acne scars and prevention of keloids and hypertrophic scars. Other effective treatments for depressed acne scars include laser skin resurfacing, dermabrasion, scar surgery (punch excision, punch elevation, punch graft, subcutaneous incision), fillers, chemical peel, microdermabrasion and similar procedures that you should discuss with your dermatologist. For raised acne scars, like keloid and hypertrophic scars, your doctor might consider options like intralesional injections, cryotherapy, surgery, laser and light therapy. Your dermatologist will be able to create a treatment plan based on the type of your acne acne scars, results you can expect, and your medical history.

Acne Scars:

Strataderm, a silicone gel for scar treatment is now available on Alice.com. Strataderm is ideal for safe and effective treatment and prevention of scars including:

–       burn scars
–       cesarean sections scars (C-Section scars)
–       acne scars
–       keloid scars
–       hypertrophic scars
–       plastic surgery scars (e.g. breast augmentation scar, rhinoplasty scar, eyelid surgery scar, liposuction scar, tummy tuck scar)
–       scars related to cancer (e.g. mastectomy scar, mole removal scar, melanoma removal scar)

We get asked a lot how effective silicone really is for scar treatment and prevention. With a number of products on the market that show little or no efficacy (e.g. onion extract creams, which have been proven to be no better than a cheap petroleum gel) it is not surprising that people don’t really trust all the claims.

However, this is a good example of silicone gel’s effectiveness for scar treatment. A silicone gel (Strataderm) has been applied to a linear hypertrophic scar 14 months after mole removal surgery (nevus excision). After only two months of use the difference is pretty obvious (left scar remained untreated, right scar treated for two months):

 

Silicone’s efficacy and ease of use are the reason why silicone gels have become the product of choice for plastic surgeons and dermatologists worldwide when treating and preventing scars including:

–       burn scars
–       cesarean sections scars (C-Section scars)
–       acne scars
–       keloid scars
–       hypertrophic scars
–       plastic surgery scars (e.g. breast augmentation scar, rhinoplasty scar, eyelid surgery scar, liposuction scar, tummy tuck scar)
–       scars related to cancer (e.g. mastectomy scars, mole removal scars, melanoma removal scars)