Educational Series: Conquering Acne Scarring – Unmasking your skin’s full potential

by | 7 March 2024

Acne, a common skin barrier disorder affecting millions worldwide, can leave behind a lasting reminder in the form of scars. Acne scarring is a multifaceted issue that demands a comprehensive approach for effective resolution. In this blog, we’ll delve into the different types of acne scarring, with a particular focus on atrophic scars, and explore the vital role of a healthy skin barrier in preparing for treatments. We’ll then guide you through a comprehensive strategy, starting with the MTS Home Rolling System, prior to EXCEED Medical Microneedling, to conquer acne scarring to reveal your skin’s full potential.

Understanding Atrophic Scars

Atrophic scars are characterised by a noticeable loss of tissue, resulting in indentations on the skin’s surface. This distinct type of scar can manifest due to various factors, including trauma, acne, surgical procedures, or specific skin conditions.

The term “atrophic” signifies a depletion or reduction in the volume of essential skin structures like collagen, elastin, and subcutaneous fat. This loss of tissue creates visible indentations on the skin, contributing to the characteristic appearance of atrophic scars.

Three common types of atrophic scars include:

  1. Icepick Scars:Deep, narrow pitted scars that resemble small punctures.
  2. Boxcar Scars:Broad indentations with sharply defined edges, giving a box-like appearance.
  3. Rolling Scars:Large indentations with a sloping edge, creating a rolling or undulating effect.

 

Before delving into treatments to target acne scarring, its crucial to strengthen the skin barrier defence systems. Starting from the outermost stratum corneum and progressing toward the basal cell layer, maintaining integrity is paramount for achieving optimal results. To enhance the skin’s barrier resilience, utilising corneotherapeutic skincare products such as dermaviduals proves essential. These products exhibit a profound physiological affinity to the cell membranes of the skin, promoting compatibility and absorption. Through the incorporation of carefully chosen cosmeceuticals and active agents, these formulations can precisely target the affected cells and systems, especially when it comes to the treatment of acne scarring.

This preparation creates a sustainable environment for skin treatments and protocols to effectively address acne scarring.

MTS Home Rolling System

The MTS Home Rolling System serves as a pivotal step in the journey to conquer acne scarring. This at-home modality encourages the release of growth factors and cytokines, essential elements for skin rejuvenation, connective tissue remodelling, and strengthening. Keratinocytes, the main epidermal cells, play a vital role in communication throughout the integumentary system, influencing fibroblasts in the dermis to produce new collagen. Additionally, this system supports the lymphatic system, aiding in the removal of cellular debris during the wound healing process.

Medical Microneedling In-Clinic

Once the skin is adequately prepared through the principles of Corneotherapy by following a diligent skincare routine, and the MTS Home Rolling System, medical microneedling performed in-clinic becomes the next phase of conquering acne scarring.

So, what is medical microneedling?

Medical microneedling is a sophisticated in-clinic treatment that harnesses the principles of controlled micro-injuries to initiate a physiological response within the skin. When the skin is adequately prepared through the MTS Home Rolling System and a meticulously designed skincare routine, the utilisation of the EXCEED Medical Microneedling device thereafter can elevate the treatment of acne scarring to an advanced scientific level.

The Science Behind Medical Microneedling

 

Collagen Stimulation

  • The EXCEED Medical Microneedling device is engineered with precision to create micro-injuries in the dermal layer of the skin.
  • These controlled injuries trigger a cascade of biological responses, stimulating the production of collagen and elastin – essential components of skin structure and function.
  • Collagen induction is crucial for reducing the appearance of atrophic scars by promoting tissue regeneration and remodelling.

Healthy Vascularisation & Tissue Remodelling

  • The controlled micro-injuries induce angiogenesis, the formation of new blood vessels, promoting increased blood flow to the treated areas.
  • Improved blood circulation accelerates the delivery of nutrients and oxygen to the skin aiding in tissue repair and remodelling.

In addition, the process strengthens the immune system, enhances the health and function of cells in the epidermis and dermis, and supports the removal of cellular waste, contributing to an overall improvement in skin vitality.

The 12-week Preparation Phase

Commencing the recommended 12-week preparation journey involves a meticulous routine centered around the consistent use of specially selected dermaviduals skincare products. Designed to optimise both the overall health and resilience of your skin, these products lay the groundwork for a transformative outcome. Now, let’s delve into a detailed exploration of what this 12-week preparation phase entails.

Preparation Phase 1: Leading up to Treatment Weeks 1 to 4

  • To achieve exceptional results in preparation for microneedling treatment, it is essential to nurture your skin for a minimum of four weeks using Corneotherapeuticskincare, including a cleanser, treatment tonic, DMS Base Cream, and Suncream. Before incorporating microneedling, introduce the MTS Home Rolling System to ensure proper support for the skin cells.

Homecare Phase 2: Weeks 5 to 6

  • During this phase, introduce a personalisedserum with actives aimed at supporting the skin and its condition. This serum should include essential vitamins A, B, C, E, and Zinc to further ready the skin for both cosmetic rolling and medical microneedling.

Homecare Phase 3: Weeks 7 to 8

  • Continue applying your prescribed dermavidualshomecare and incorporate the MTS Home Rolling System (0.2-0.3mm) to support skin rejuvenation. Your skin treatment therapist will provide guidance on using the MTS Home Rolling System.
  • Post-cosmetic rolling, apply a DMS Base Cream, Oleogel S, or Oleogel Plus. It is advisable to perform your treatment in the evening and follow up with your prescribed dermaviduals homecare the next day. 

Additionally, we would like to highlight that Oleogel S our latest product launch, offers a multitude of benefits for the skin. Specifically addressing acne and acne scarring concerns, Oleogel S contains phosphatidylserine—a potent phospholipid molecule. This component enhances the recruitment of macrophages (immune cells) to effectively eliminate cellular debris and cleanse the extracellular space within the skin.

The recruitment of macrophages fosters an anti-inflammatory response, supporting tissue repair and remodelling. Macrophages play a crucial role in collagen production by initiating fibroblast proliferation, making them the shining stars in the process.

Homecare Phase 4: Weeks 9 to 10

  • Repeat Homecare Phase 3.

EXCEED Clinical Treatment: Weeks 11 to 12

  • You are now prepared to undergo your first EXCEED Medical Microneedling treatment! Your skin treatment therapist will walk you through the necessary steps before and after the EXCEED treatment to ensure optimal and sustainable results for your skin.

 

In conclusion, conquering acne scarring is a journey that begins with nurturing your skin’s natural defences. By understanding the complexities of atrophic scars and prioritising skin barrier health, you pave the way for transformative treatments.

If you’re interested in discovering the potential benefits of the MTS Home Rolling System, the EXCEED Medical Microneedling device, and dermaviduals for addressing your skin concerns, we recommend reaching out to a Practising Corneotherapist experienced in utilising dermaviduals products. They can offer personalised information and guidance tailored to your individual skin type, concerns, and goals. A Practising Corneotherapist can assess your skin’s specific needs and recommend suitable EXCEED and dermaviduals products or treatments, particularly if you are dealing with concerns related to acne scarring.

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Written by Kai Atkinson