A blackhead is a secure of oil (sebum) in your skin that's exposed to the air. The oxygen in the air oxidizes is the oil's surface, causing it to turn black. A blackhead can break into an open sore on your skin that can not heal properly. This can direct to scarring, which is require to a dermatologist to treat. Popular medical treatments for blackhead scars include chemical peels, dermabrasion, laser resurfacing and dermal fillers.
- Undergo a chemical peel to treat blackhead scars. Your dermatologist applies a solution of glycolic acid to your face and remove it after a particular period of time, usually about 15 minutes. A chemical peel that can remove scars should have a concentration of at least 20%. Chemical peels are best suited for removing light scarring and typically require minimum after care. More than one treatment is usually needed to achieve the desired effect.
- Talk to your dermatologist about dermabrasion to remove blackhead scars. Your dermatologist typically administers a local anesthetic to the treatment area and it can also administer a sedative. Your dermatologist uses a rotary tool to automatically remove the upper layers of your skin. The dermabrasion tool requires a high degree of skill on the part of the operator. A recovery period of up to five days is the normal downtime following this procedure.
- Make an appointment for laser resurfacing to treat blackhead scars. A technician enters arguments into the laser's computer based on your specific case. The dermatologist administers an anesthetic as needed and may/can also require you to wear goggles to protect your eyes from the laser. The laser emits a series of beats over the treatment area, w/c vaporizes the upper layers of skin. Laser resurfacing may require a recovery period of up to 10 days.
- Request a dermal filler. Your dermatologist injects a material such as collagen, which can fill the space left by a deep-pitted blackhead scar. A dermal filler requires very little recovery, but its effects are only temporary. Collagen injections typically last no longer than 6 months.