Did you know that there are more than 50% of women across Asia that have sensitive face and body skin? One out of two women would not prefer to visit a skin care professional despite their skin condition. As for the Philippines, 71% of Filipinas are found out to have a sensitive face. This study was from GSK Skin Health Asia Pacific Consumer Report 2014. This is a clear indication that many Filipinas struggle with acne scars and breakouts, and would certainly look for over the counter treatment rather than professional care.
It’s a cheap solution to acne related problems. There are over the counter products and methods that may help reduce or exacerbate acne formation. Improper treatment can lead to more breakouts and worse, it could form superficial to deep acne scars after a wound heals. Minor scars may go away in time, but major acne scars may need treatment from a dermatologist.
Fortunately, acne scar treatments are common in the Philippines and the most popular is mainly called Skin Resurfacing Treatment. It can be done in various methods such as dermabrasion, microdermabrasion, laser resurfacing, and chemical peel. Dermabrasion and microdermabrasion are two of the most common forms of treatment and are also the cheapest.
The Nitty Gritty of Dermabrasion and Microdermabrasion
Dermabrasion is a skin resurfacing method wherein your skin gets ‘sanded’ using a special rotating instrument which is done so a new, smoother layer of skin may replace the treated skin, and microdermabrasion is a non-chemical and non-invasive procedure that uses tiny exfoliating crystals that are sprayed on the skin.
This infographic below will show you the difference between both treatments by usage, after procedure effects, side effects, and aftercare.
These acne scar treatments are widely available at any skincare clinics around the Philippines. But before you decide on getting a skin resurfacing treatment, consult with a professional first. Even if their differences are clear as day, you can never tell if the treatment will work well for your acne scars.
Research, consult, and always put your safety before you.