Dr. Robert McDonald, BSc, MMed, FACD, has treated acne scars for almost twenty years. He studied medicine at Newcastle University and became a Fellow at theAustralasian College of Dermatologists in 1995. He established his private practice Sky Blue Dermatology in 2000. In addition, he is a visiting medical officer at St. Vincent Hospital, Darlinghurst.
Dr. McDonald grew up in a medical family. “I was exposed to medicine from a young age and it appealed to me,” he explains. However, he didn’t decide to specialize in dermatology until after he completed med school. “During my residency I came across the scientific dermatological literature and realized what a dynamic, exciting field it was.”
He often treats patients with acne scarring and urges those with more than just mild acne to seek the advice of a dermatologist. Acne scarring is caused by inflammation that originates in the pilosebaceous unit, a unit that consists of the hair follicle, hair shaft, and sebaceous gland. It causes the destruction of connective tissues, resulting in scarring. “By consulting a dermatologist early, patients can develop an optimal management approach and minimize the chance of scarring,” says Dr. McDonald.
Dr. McDonald recommends seeking treatment for acne scarring as early as possible. “As soon as scarring is suspect, treatment should be considered to lessen the impact of scars already evident,” he explains. “Medical treatment may also be necessary to reduce inflammatory foci and further scar development.”