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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Sujata Naik, founder of Sakasti Skinic explains to Samreen Samad, everything that you need to know about scar treatments
Scars, besides being a horrible reminder about your acne days, can mess up your present and future too. They can be embarrassing, annoying and depressing. They can even make you feel under confident. But now with so many treatments available, the problem of scars can be cured.
“You can go for skin polishing, peels or laser resurfacing”, says Sujata Naik, founder of Sakasti Skinic. She explains, “These treatments work on the epidermis, which is the uppermost layer of the skin and is made up of dead skin cells. We desquamate or exfoliate this layer, which helps reduce scars with each session.” Here’s all you need to know about the treatments:
Dermabrasion is a surgical procedure that involves controlled abrasion of the upper layer of the skin with a sandpaper or other mechanical means to smoothen the skin and remove small scars, moles and fine wrinkles. This treatment has to be done by an expert only. The skin may look red and raw after the procedure and may take months for the skin to re grow and heal.
Laser resurfacing uses carbon dioxide and erbium to vaporise superficial and damaged skin cells. during the treatment, short, concentrated pulsating beams of light are directed at irregular skin, removing skin precisely layer by layer.
Skin polishing also known as microdermabrasion, is the most popular treatment to reduce scars. In this process, dead outermost surface of the skin is removed by a light abrasion. Though its not suppose to be very effective on severe scars and wound marks.
Chemical peels is a scar reducing treatment which improves and smoothens the texture of facial skin using chemical solution which causes the dead skin to slough off and eventually peel off. Commonly used chemical solutions are alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) and beta hydroxy acid (BHA).
Creams help in reducing mild scars because of the exfoliating ingredients present in them. But are not too reliable and may not always work.
Natural methods are the safest and cheapest way to get rid of acne scars. There are no side effects involved and usually effective. Aloe vera gel is claimed to be the most effective. Rub it on your skin for a few weeks and watch your scars disappear. You can also rub ice cubes on your skin for 15 minutes. It also gives a glow to your face.
Also Vitamin E oil helps reduce scars.
These treatments are not painful as they are non-invasive and have no side effects. Though people with extremely sensitive skin may experience a slight tingling or warm sensation which will subside in a couple of hours depending on the skins sensitivity levels.
These treatments start off at `1,500 and go up to `4,500. Sujata adds, “We, at Sakasti, offer microdermabrasion—skin polishing, different peels—AHA and BHA and laser genesis for scar reduction.”
If you don’t have severe scars and don’t want to spend on the treatments, there are a few lotions and creams which can reduce the appearance of scars. Sujata suggests, “However, scar treatments are much more effective than creams and lotions. Creams contain exfoliating ingredients, but a very nominal percentage because they are supposed to be used on a daily basis and hence are not as successful as the treatments.”
“The mentioned treatments work on the epidermis, which is the uppermost layer of the skin and is made up of dead skin cells. We exfoliate this layer, which helps reduce scars with each session.” 
Sujata Naik, Sakasti Skinic

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