Do you have acne scars? While acne and its aftermath, acne scars, aren’t the most pleasant experience, there are treatment options. Today, let’s take a deeper look at acne scars. Learn your options for treating acne scars and find ways to prevent the scars from ever occurring. If you’ve got acne or acne scars, this guide is a must-read.
What Causes Acne Scars?
What type of acne scars do you have: pits or bumps? Acne penetrates deeply into the skin. As the body heals this infection, scarring can results from the damage. Interestingly, acne causes different types of scarring depending on your skin. If you make too little collagen, a pit is likely to develop. Raised bumps are a sign that your body is making too much collagen in response to the acne. Raised bumps are more common amongst African Americans, Hispanics and Asians, while pits are more common in those with Caucasian ancestry.
Not everyone gets acne scars, but if you have acne (especially untreated acne), acne scars are possible. They are most common in those with inflammatory acne and in those with a family history of acne scars.
Preventing Acne Scars
If you have acne, get treatment. The longer you have untreated acne, the greater your risk for acne scars. Here are some tips for preventing acne scars.
- Don’t Pick: It’s tempting to pop that zit, but don’t do it. Picking at, popping and squeezing acne increases inflammation and your risk of scarring. With acne, hands off is the best approach (in regards to touching, not treatment).
- Treat the Acne Before It Scars: Treatment can reduce your risk of acne scarring. Many of Dr. Chang’s acne patients have undergone traditional treatment with little success, but found solutions to their skin problems with Dr. Chang’s help. There is no cure for acne, but often it can be controlled with facials, lasers and high quality home care products. If you have acne, get treatment right away before the condition worsens.
Treating Acne Scars
Preventing acne scars is the first goal, but if you’ve already got them, we’ve got options for you too. Many of our patients find success with the Fraxel laser, SkinFinity, eMatrix, micro-needling and dermal fillers like Bellafill. Dr. Chang will create a customized treatment plan based on your skin’s unique needs.
Say goodbye to those pesky acne scars. Contact us today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Chang.