New techniques are emerging for acne treatment, and they seem to ensure better outcome for the sufferers.
Professor Harryono Judodihardjo, medical director of the Cellite Clinic in Cardiff, Wales cites treatments such as fractional C02 lasering and says they also mean less discomfort and downtime as well.
AdvertisementModern techniques have come a long way in terms of creating a satisfactory outcome for patients - one that enables them to face the world with renewed self-confidence, he believes.
Despite the success of new procedures, prevention remains better than cure.
There's a tendency to see teenage acne as "normal", something the young person will grow out of.
But acne is a disease that needs medical attention, and the sooner it's treated, the less chance there is of scarring.
And those people who suffer from acne later in life should also seek prompt medical help.
Even though 98% of us will experience acne to some degree, at some juncture in our lives, we don't have to put up with it.
Many factors can trigger an acne outbreak - stress, sleeplessness, pollution, a reaction to certain cosmetics - and this can cause embarrassment, especially in men who are the most reluctant to see a doctor.
New treatments that are having a positive impact when applied to acne scars include:
Dermaroller scar treatment therapy. This is suitable for all skin types and skin tones and works by producing thousands of microscopic needle columns in the dermis of the skin. These stimulate the skin to regenerate and repair itself naturally and safely.
This procedure is patient-friendly as it avoids ablation, heat, and pigmented skin safety concerns;
Fractional CO2 laser treatments, such as Smartxide that creates "dot resurfacing".
During treatment the laser creates thousands of microscopic pinpoint burns on the scars.
As only a percentage of the surface area is touched during each treatment, this technology combines the best of traditional ablative laser options but without the associated discomfort and downtime;
Vavelta is a unique treatment involving the injection of human fibroblast cells - cells that synthesise collagen and maintain the structural integrity of connective tissue - into the area of the skin being treated.
Injections are performed with a fine needle. The nature of the cells injected means that there is no danger of the individual suffering immune rejection problems.
The fibroblast lays down new collagen that will improve the appearance of the skin.
All these treatments are an immense improvement on earlier options, but it is important to understand that they are medical procedures and should only be carried out by someone with the appropriate qualifications, Professor Harryono Judodihardjo told Western Mail.