Today I wanted to talk about a skin issue that many of us have and struggle to completely eliminate. There’s no doubt that acne sucks, but what sucks even more than actual pimples is the remnants said pimples leave behind. For many individuals, the aftermath of zits can lead to a dark mark. Don’t get me wrong, post-inflammatory hyper pigmentation is never fun, but after a few months, it will eventually fade. For those of us who endure more severe acne, something far worse can be left behind in the form of textural scars. One of the most common types of texture scars is ice pick scars, which looks like little indentations in your skin. As someone who suffers from this type of scarring, I can honestly say that these are far more difficult to get rid of. So how can these be treated?
- Microneedling – It’s a medical procedure that involves a pen with tiny needles that puncture your skin. The purpose here is to cause trauma to your skin and trick it into regenerating and thus heal itself. It WORKS. Make sure that if you get it done by a professional though. And be warned; it does hurt.
- Collagen supplements – I gave this a try for a month and I surprisingly saw a very distinct difference. My skin looked plumper and overall a lot healthier. It really helped to fill in my scars internally.
- Laser treatments – This is the go-to treatment for correcting ice pick scarring. It’s effective, but also very costly. I haven’t tried it personally, but I’ve heard first hand from others that it did amazing things for their skin (and scarring).
- Peels – If your scarring isn’t very deep, peels are one for the best treatments for healing those shallow scars. There are various types of peels, from glycolic to fruit enzyme, and all work wonders. They’re also amazing for evening out your skin tone.
Ice pick scars are definitely more difficult to treat, and the reality of the situation is that you more than likely have to turn to professional help if you want to treat them completely. Do your research and stay positive! There is sure to be a solution out there to give you your best skin possible.