Chicken Pox and Acne Scars
Expert advice from Dr. Lisa Kellett on how to get rid of chicken pox and acne scars on the face.
Q: How can I get rid of chicken pox or acne scars?
A: “Scars can be improved—by up to 95 percent—but not removed,” says dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett of DLK on Avenue. “Treatments remodel the collagen in the skin, making it smoother. For raised scars, ND-YAG lasers and steroid injections work best, whereas for depressed scars, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and Erbium lasers are ideal. Levulan, a new topical photosensitizer, makes any laser more effective. Prescription vitamin A cream also helps diminish scars. Over-the-counter scar treatments are available, but they are less effective and can take up to 12 weeks to show results. Lasers offer the quickest results.”
—From Elle Canada, April 2006.