Acne is a common skin condition, affecting approximately 50 million Americans every year. Acne can not only be painful, but it can also cause permanent acne scars. 1 out of 5 people with acne will get acne scars, which will require proper treatment. You can get rid of acne scars with the help of a dermatologist or cosmetologist, depending on the intensity of these indentations.
What Causes Acne Scars
Not everyone with acne will get scars but knowing what causes these marks will help you take preventative measures well ahead of time. The skin is the body’s largest organ, so acne can occur practically anywhere. Skin damage from acne leads to scars. When you experience acne, the body produces collagen fibers to repair itself. Insufficient collagen production will lead to pitted scars, and overproduction of collagen causes raised scars.
While acne scars are not completely preventable, here are some of the ways to reduce their formation:
- Treat your acne timely with the help of a dermatologist. Steer clear of remedies that could exacerbate acne and increase the risk of acne scars
- Don’t pop pimples as it releases the oil, debris, and bacteria onto the skin, leading to further breakouts
- Apply sunscreen to avoid exposure to harmful UV rays that could darken acne spots and scars
- Wear moisturizer to maintain the skin’s even tone, reducing the appearance of acne scars
Types of Acne Scars
Acne scars result from breakouts that penetrate the skin and damage skin tissue. You might experience a range of acne scars depending on the severity of your acne breakouts. At JC Beauty Consulting of Beverly Hills we help examine your skin and the types of acne scars you have to decide the best acne scar treatment plan for you.
Hypertrophic acne scars tend to be raised and occur due to the overproduction of collagen during the wound healing process. Also known as Keloid scars, they are most prevalent on the chest, shoulders, and back. Hypertrophic acne scars can be itchy and painful.
Atrophic scars result when there is a lack of regenerative tissue. They occur most commonly on the face because of acne or chickenpox.
Types of Atrophic acne scars include:
- Ice pick scars: These are tiny punctures in the skin. They are often very hard to treat as they extend deep under the skin’s surface.
- Boxcar scars: These are wide, round, or oval indentations with sharp edges. They may be shallow or deep, the former being easier to treat.
- Rolling scars: These are uneven scars with sloping, rounded edges. They have an irregular appearance but are often less pronounced.
Treatment for Acne Scars
Understanding your acne scars is the first step to choosing the acne scar treatment for you. Our beauty experts offer a thorough examination to produce the safest and most effective results for your skin. Contact us today.
This minimally invasive procedure exfoliates the skin, removing dead skin cells to reduce the appearance of acne scars. This rejuvenation method also improves overall skin tone and texture.
Chemical peels involve the application of various chemical solutions of varying intensities (light, medium, or heavy) depending on your skin’s sensitivity. They remove the outermost layer of the skin, minimizing scarring and even hyperpigmentation with little to no downtime.
This process uses tiny needles to puncture the skin to stimulate collagen production, paving the way for clearer skin with a diminished appearance of acne scars.
Gel-like fillers are injected into the scar, uplifting the missing part of the skin. Dermal fillers may last anywhere from 6 to 12 months or 2 to 5 years.
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