Pox marks: Can they be removed? Pox marks can occur anywhere on the body and these pitted scars often leave sufferers feeling self-conscious about their complexion. If you've ever wondered whether pesky pox marks can be removed then this article is for you.
What are pox marks?
Pox marks refer to spots and scars on the skin left from chicken pox, acne, rashes or another skin issue. They are described as 'pitted' because they are indents of the skin and can be red or brown in colour.
Types of treatments
While pox marks are not dangerous, many people want them removed to achieve smoother skin. Thankfully, there are cosmetic treatments available to do so.
Some treatments intend to lighten or soften pox marks, such as scar treatment creams. Usually the cream is to be applied to the scarred area several times a day, as per the individual label's instructions. Over a period of several weeks, the scars can fade.
Microdermabrasion is another solution. This exfoliation technique evens out the skin's upper layers to treat even severe scarring. While at-home microdermabrasion kits are available, they lack the more powerful, medical grade effectiveness that you get at a skin clinic. A series of treatments are advisable for best results, with about one treatment per month.
Chemical peels and microneedling are other non-surgical options available. Chemical peels come in different types and strengths and work by exfoliating the skin's top layers. Microneedling procedures soften and improve scars using a medical needling instrument to boost the skin’s natural collagen production. Both techniques usually require multiple sessions to achieve the desired results.
About pox mark removal
Not all methods, however, work the same for everyone. Factors that account for differences include scar size and deepness of the indent. Our dermatology team understands how to determine the most effective course of treatment and can do so for you. You don't need to conclude that your pox marks are permanent as no technique you have previously used has worked for you. To learn more about treating your pox marks, please contact Miravue Skin Clinic on 020 34050 3740 today.
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