Is scarring from acne making you feel self-conscious or embarrassed about your skin?  You are not alone.  Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States.  It is characterized by pimples that appear on the face, back and chest.  Every year, about 80 percent of adolescents have some form of acne and about 5 percent of adults experience acne.  Treating acne is a relatively slow process; there is no overnight remedy.

Acne can also leave scars on the face and other areas of the body if dealing with acne blemishes is not difficult enough.  Sometimes, these scars can take days, weeks or even months to fade.  However, these scars do not have to be permanent — there is hope!

At the Dermatology Center for Skin Health, PLLC, we see many individuals who have tried numerous over-the-counter products but saw no improvement for their acne.  Searching for an effective product can be expensive, and we realize that this only adds to the emotional toll acne has on those affected by it.  We don’t believe in treating acne.  We believe in curing acne.

Keep reading to learn more about some remedies and treatments available to help you manage acne scarring.

What is Acne? 

Acne occurs when hair follicles become blocked by excess skin cells and combine with sebum, which blocks pores.  Sebaceous glands produce sebum, a normal, oily substance that lubricates skin and hair.  These glands are on the face, neck, chest, upper back and upper arms.

During adolescence, the sebaceous glands enlarge, causing sebum production to increase. When sebum production increases, the bacteria that causes acne starts to grow.  This causes inflammation and can result in the follicle rupturing, leading to a sore or red pimple.

There are three different types of acne:

The number and type of lesions will help your dermatologist classify your acne as mild, moderate or severe, as well as determine the best course of treatment.

Who Gets Acne Scars? 

Some people have acne scarring, while others do not.  Acne scarring occurs for a variety of reasons, but one of the main factors is genetics.  According to the American Academy of Dermatology, if a blood relative struggles with acne scarring, you might struggle with it.  Here are a few more reasons from the American Academy of Dermatology for why someone may have a higher risk of developing acne scarring:

What Causes Acne Scars?

When acne deeply penetrates the skin, the risk for scarring increases.  Acne damages the skin and the tissue beneath it, and the body tries to repair the damage that was made.  The American Academy of Dermatology states that during this healing process, the body produces collagen, which helps give skin its support.  If our bodies produce too much collagen or not enough collagen, the result is a scar.

The type of resulting scar depends on how much collagen your body produces.  The American Academy for Dermatology groups these types of scars in the following categories:

How Do We Treat Acne Scars? 

At the Dermatology Center for Skin Health, PLLC, we realize that not all scars are created equal.  Scar types and skin color determine our treatment approach.  Our dermatologist will determine the type of scarring you have and tailor treatment and product recommendations to your individual needs.  For best results, we may recommend a combination of treatments.

Acne Scar Treatments for Superficial Scars:

Acne Scar Treatments for Depressed Scars:

Acne Scar Treatments for Raised Scars (from when the body produces too much collagen):

What Should the Expectations for Treatment Be? 

It’s essential to set realistic expectations for your acne treatment.  Acne treatments and therapies will not give you immediate results.  It’s unlikely for a patient to see improvement after only one treatment.  Carefully following the directions and plan provided by your dermatologist is the best way to see results.  Most patients see progress within three to six months of treatment.

How Can My Dermatologist Help? 

We also recommend that you download our Guide to Acne if you want to learn more about acne and acne scarring.

References: 

Acne scars: Who gets and causes

Acne scars: Diagnosis and treatment

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