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Treating Acne Scars and Skin Damage

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Acne is a common skin condition that at some point we have all experienced.

Acne scars can result from an inflamed blemish, which can be caused by excess oil, dead skin cells and bacteria in the pore, or hormones.

True acne scars are permanent indentations from collagen damage and typically come in two different forms. The first is hypertrophic or keloid scarring, which occur when the body produces too much collagen as acne wounds heal, resulting in a mass of raised tissue on the skin’s surface. The second type is known as atrophic or depressed scarring, which develops when there is a loss of collagen. Atrophic scarring can create “icepick” scars, which are usually small, obvious holes in the skin, or “boxcar” scars, which are typically round, with steeply angled sides.

Before you take steps to treat acne scars, it is important to consult with your dermatologist first. Acne scar treatment varies based on the type of scar you have and typically requires more intense procedures than over-the-counter options. While there are certainly some home remedy treatments out there, the best and most effective treatments include micro needling, minor skin surgeries, chemical peels, laser treatments, or fillers.

Once you’ve identified that you have acne scars and have started your dermatologist-approved treatment plan, it is important to keep your scars protected. Avoid the sun, as UV exposure can darken scars and make them more prominent. Make sure you’re not over-washing or scrubbing, which can further reduce skin elasticity and heighten the appearance of your scar. Also, avoid picking or touching your scar, as this can increase the risk of additional cysts forming, leading to the development of a larger scar.

Schedule an appointment with our team today to get started!

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