Question: About A 2 Months Ago I Developed A Blind Pimple And For Some Reason I Decided To Pocking It With A Needle To Get It To Surface And Heal Faster. Suffice To Say That Was Not What Happened. It Got Bigger And Formed A Scab And Now I Have A Red Blotchy Scar On My Chin. What Could It Have Been And How Do I Treat The Scar To Disappear?

About a 2 months ago I developed a blind pimple and for some reason I decided to pocking it with a needle to get it to surface and heal faster. Suffice to say that was not what happened. It got bigger and formed a scab and now I have a red blotchy scar on my chin. What could it have been and how do I treat the scar to disappear?

Answer

Hello and thank you for your question. It is possible that what you tried to pop as a ‘blind pimple’ was an acne cyst or papule. By attempting to pop it, instead you caused it to rupture under the skin resulting in inflammation and scarring. Papules and cysts are two types of inflammatory acne that can cause pain and infection when treated improperly. Understanding the difference between acne papules and cysts can help you find the most effective treatment for your particular condition.

Papule Features: Papules are inflamed and often painful bumps with no head and are a result of inflammation as opposed to sebum buildup. Papules cannot be popped without causing pain and worsening inflammation.

Cyst Features: Cysts are another form of severe inflammatory acne and often appear as a pus-filled nodule and can be quite painful. When multiple acne cysts are present at one time, you may be diagnosed with cystic acne and treated with cortisone shots or another systemic treatment. As with papules, cysts should not be squeezed due to the possibility of spreading infection and causing scarring.

While occasional acne outbreaks are normal, frequent or ongoing acne may be harder to treat. Basic hygiene measures like regular face-washing often fail to help inflammatory acne. If you have acne cysts or papules on a regular basis, a consult with one of our doctor’s will be helpful to get you on the right course of treatment and to prevent scarring. At Skin Renewal we pride ourselves on careful attention to each patient. A highly professional team led by a medical doctor assesses every patient and an appropriate combination of treatments and home care is recommended. Every client is provided with a customized solution depending on skin type, area of concern, expectations, budget, anticipated downtime and medical conditions. A series of 4 to 6 treatments are usually necessary to treat acne scars. The objective of scar treatment is to give the skin a more acceptable physical appearance. Total restoration of the skin to the way it looked before you had acne is often not possible but scar treatment does usually improve the appearance of your skin.

Some of the scar treatments that are currently available at Skin Renewal include:
• Dermaroller ™ Skin Needling is similar in principle to chemical and laser resurfacing techniques. The dermis is directly injured to initiate a wound healing response that ultimately increases dermal collagen production and deposition by fibroblasts and improves acne scarring.
• Laser treatments with Laser Genesis or Pearl Laser may be used to recontour scar tissue and reduce the redness of skin around healed acne lesions.
• Carboxytherapy is a novel way to improve acne scars.
• With normal microdermabrasion, only the very surface cells of the skin are removed, so no additional wound is created and there is no downtime. Multiple procedures are often required but scars may not be significantly improved unless combination treatments are done

I hope this helps in assisting you to find the right solutions for your concerns!

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