Appear when acne breakouts penetrate the deeper section of the skin and the underlying tissues.
What Are the Acne Scars?
Acne scars are the result of the skin’s natural healing process after severe acne lesions, such as cysts or nodules, have damaged the skin’s tissues. When the skin’s collagen fibers are damaged or disrupted during the healing process, the texture and appearance of the skin can be permanently altered, leading to the formation of scars.
Type of scars:
Depressed acne scars
Depressions or pits are formed as a result of little collagen production.
Raised acne scars
Too much production of collagen to heal acne will lead to the formation of raised acne scars. This type of acne scars is very common among the people of African Americans, Asians, and Hispanic origin.
Ice Pick Scars
Small, deep holes in the skin that resemble the marks left by an ice pick or a sharp object.
Broad depressions with defined edges that can be shallow or deep.
Wavy or undulating depressions in the skin.
Raised and thickened scars that form when there is an excess of collagen during the healing process.
Similar to hypertrophic scars but extend beyond the original acne lesion area, forming a raised and often discolored mass.
Treatments for Acne Scar Removal:
What causes Acne Scars?
Acne scars are caused by the body’s natural healing process after significant inflammation and damage to the skin from severe acne breakouts.
Several factors can increase the likelihood of developing acne scars:
- Severity of Acne: The more severe and prolonged the acne, especially inflammatory types like cystic acne, the greater the risk of scarring.
- Genetics: Some individuals may be genetically predisposed to developing acne scars.
- Picking or Squeezing: Picking, squeezing, or popping acne lesions can worsen inflammation and increase the chances of scarring.
- Delaying Treatment: Not seeking timely and appropriate treatment for acne can lead to more extensive damage and an increased risk of scarring.
- Skin Color: People with darker skin tones are more prone to developing certain types of acne scars, such as keloid scars or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
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How long does the results last?
The results are permanent, although it does not stop your natural aging process, you should still see lasting results for years as they would with cosmetic surgery. For longer lasting results you should maintain a healthy lifestyle, avoid smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and prolonged sun exposure.