Condition: Acne Scar

Condition: Acne Scar

What is Acne Scar?

Active outbreaks are aggravating enough, but the scars left behind by acne may be downright devilish. Acne scars can be treated, which is excellent news.

However, before you can begin therapy, you must first eliminate any acne for good, as fresh breakouts might result in new acne scars.

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How does acne cause scars?

Acne scars are the result of acne spots becoming inflamed. The acne pore expands, and the pore wall begins to break down. Some acne lesions are tiny, leaving shallow scars that heal rapidly. Blemishes can sometimes leak their contents into the surrounding tissue, causing severe scarring. The skin responds by producing new collagen strands to heal the scar.

What are the types of acne scars and what do they look like?

You’re likely to develop more than one form of acne scars if you have acne. Rarely does someone have just boxcar scars, keloid scars, or other scars. Each of these can be resolved to various degrees.

Atrophic or Depressed Scarring:

Ice pick: The shaft of an ice pick tool is broad and narrows as it approaches the tip. This form of acne scar is shaped like a tool, with a broad opening at the top that narrows to a point as it penetrates further into the skin. This type of scar is frequent, yet it’s also one of the most difficult to heal. Your forehead and top cheekbones, where your skin is thinner, are where you’ll discover them.

Rolling: Scars on the lower cheekbones and jaw are more common since your skin is thicker there. The skin appears uneven and wavy due to the sloping margins of the indents.

Boxcar: Indents with sharper edges are known as boxcar scars. Those edges pierce the flesh deeply. Scars on the lower cheekbones and jaw are frequent.

Hypertrophic or keloid scars: These scar tissue lesions protrude from the skin. They occur when fibrous tissues, such as collagen, in the skin’s area are overgrow. These scars can be itchy, sensitive, or painful and can be found on the chest, back, shoulders, and jawline.

What are the treatments for acne scars?

There are several cosmetic treatments from which to select. Our specialist will talk about the best treatment choices for your acne scars. Repeat operations or the necessity for two or more types of surgeries to repair a patient’s skin is not uncommon.

Frequently Asked Questions

Acne can be caused by a number of factors. Acne can be hereditary, it can be hormonal, and it can be caused by a testosterone increase during puberty. It is also possible for acne to be caused by certain medications, some makeup products, and even wearing items of clothing or accessories that place pressure on a specific area of the skin – wearing a headband for instance.

Smoking is also said to cause acne in older people. Whatever the underlying reasons as to why you have acne, it all results in one thing – hair follicles becoming blocked by sebum from surrounding sebaceous glands, and dead skin cells. These plugged hair follicles can either turn into whiteheads or blackheads, and if the (usually) harmless bacteria that lives on our skin then infects the follicles, you can even experience cysts, papules, nodules or pustules. None of which are any fun for the person having to deal with them.

Our skincare experts take time to get to know and understand your acne concerns and issues, and only then will they make an informed decision as to which acne treatment is the best for you. That could be:

  • lightfusion™ Light Therapy
  • Skin Peels
  • Pixel Laser Resurfacing

You do not need to stop wearing makeup if you have acne. However, you should wear makeup that is non-comedogenic. This means that it doesn’t block the pores.

Not necessarily. As mentioned above, acne can be caused by a number of triggers, and however much you clean your face it’s not going to affect how crazy your hormones are being. Sometimes, cleaning your face too much can even contribute to acne as it can aggravate spots.

Furthermore, using alcohol-based cleansers can dry your skin out and this isn’t a good thing as far as acne is concerned. Despite what you may think, and even if you feel like you have excessively oily skin, it’s still important to use a moisturiser – just make sure you opt for a non-comedogenic one.

Everyone is different, but acne – more often than not – does eventually go away. For many, it’s puberty that can kick things off and acne often settles down when puberty does. However, acne can sometimes persist into your adult years.

That said, our skincare specialists have worked with many clients who wanted their acne to disappear and felt like they had tried everything. As you will see from our success stories and testimonials, we have had hugely positive and effective results.

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