IT’S TIME TO LEAVE YOUR TEEN YEARS, AND ACNE SCARS, BEHIND YOU.
WHAT ARE ACNE SCARS?
Acne scars or lesions are commonly referred to as pimples, spots, or zits. Acne is most common during adolescence, for most people, it tends to disappear over time. However, some individuals will continue to suffer well into adulthood. Acne can leave red, raised or thickened patches of skin. It also can leave the skin with pits and depressions known as Ice Pick, Boxcar, Rolling or Hypertrophic acne scars.
As we age, acne scars often become more visible due to collagen loss in our skin. Scars, especially facial scars, cause self-consciousness and embarrassment for many people. While rare, severe acne scarring has been linked to depression and even suicide.
CAUSES OF ACNE SCARS
As any other type of scars, acne scars are a result of injury to the skin and a faulty healing process. Acne scars are most often found on the face, back, and chest. Scars most often occur in those with inflammatory acne. Usually, if the inflammation is intense (redness, pain, pus), the risk of scarring is higher.
Inflammation occurs when the skin’s pores or follicles become engorged with dead skin, bacteria, and excess oil. This causes the pore to swell and break the follicle wall. If the break is near the skin’s surface, the healing process is usually quick and effective (unless, of course, scabs are damaged). If, however, the rupture is deeper, the lesion will be more serious, as the infected substance will spill out into the dermis and damage the surrounding healthy tissue.
OTHER CAUSES OF ACNE SCARS INCLUDE:
Non-Treatment - Ignoring even mild acne will increase the risks of inflammatory acne and, therefore, the risks of acne scarring.
Genetics - Genes play a large role in the development of scars. Some people with severe inflammatory acne will not develop scars, while others with more moderate, or even mild acne, will.
Picking and damaging scabs - Picking at scabs and acne causes further trauma to the skin and increases the chances of scarring.
TYPES OF ACNE SCARS
Acne scars range in appearance from shallow, mottled depressions, sometimes called rolling scars, to deep and narrow depressions. Different types of trauma to the skin’s tissue will cause different types of scars. Determining the type of acne scars that are on your skin, will help determine the best way to treat them.
Atrophic Or Depressed Scars
Most people who have acne scars have depressed acne scars. These are depressions or pits that form as the skin heals. Atrophic scars are caused by a lack of collagen during the healing process. As a result, the surface of the skin is left with a hole-like scar. Three types of depressed scars can occur on the skin.
Broad depressions with steep, defined edges. Boxcar scars are wide, and can be deep or shallow.
Ice-pick scars are considered more severe than other atrophic scars as they are deep and narrow. They are also more visible to the naked-eye.
Caused by damage under the skin’s surface, these types of scars are wide and shallow. With rolling scars, the skin appears to be wavelike.
Raised or hypertrophic scars are generally pink and thick raised lumps that occur when too much collagen is deposited by the body during the healing process. Raised scars are actually a result of over-healing. In some cases, raised scars may itch or hurt.
Although quite uncommon, keloid scars can be caused by acne. A keloid is a thick, overgrown scar that rises above the skin. Its shape is often irregular and extends beyond the initial wound boundaries. They are the result of an excessive healing response to a wound. The risks of developing keloids are often linked to genetics.
Dark spots can remain after an acne spot resolves, which is known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. These are flat spots, not acne scars, that will resolve with time and sun protection. People can have both acne scars and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation on their skin
Acne lesions are commonly referred to as pimples, spots, or zits. Acne is most common during adolescence, for most people, it tends to disappear over time. However, some individuals will continue to suffer well into adulthood. Acne can leave red, raised or thickened patches of skin. It also can leave the skin with pits and depressions known as Ice Pick, Boxcar, Rolling or Hypertrophic acne scars.
At Rejuvenus Clinic, we offer the latest acne treatments that have been proven to be effective in helping with acne- scar issues. Laser Therapy (fractional laser) is used to smooth out the texture and color of skin to minimize the scars left behind by cystic acne. Microneedling is used to create controlled micro-injuries underneath the skin's surface in order to produce new collagen & elastin. This treatments diminish the appearance of acne scars and encourage collagen growth to reveals new, younger-looking skin.
PRODUCTS FOR ACNE SCARS
At Rejuvenus Clinic, we are dedicated to delivering the best service to our patients.
Here is a list of our Frequently Asked Questions. If you have any other questions or concerns, our experts will provide you will all the information you need.
Do Acne Scars Fade Over Time?
Acne scars happen when healthy tissue is damaged and replaced with fibrous tissue. Often the result of picking and squeezing spots, it can take some time for them to heal. For some, acne scars can become permanent.
How Long Will The Results Last?
Results vary on the type of treatment, as well as the patient’s skin type, lifestyle, and overall health.
Our Specialists are highly skilled and experienced in treating acne and acne scarring. Rejuvenus Clinic should be your first stop in learning everything you can about your acne and acne scarring treatment options.
Do Acne Scars Go Away On Their Own?
Much like stretch marks, acne scars will usually fade in colour over time, but the pitted indentations can remain. There are various treatment options available for acne scars, including laser treatment, skin surgery, chemical peels and fillers.
Are Treatments Safe?
At Rejuvenus Clinic, we aim to offer the most effective and innovative non-surgical cosmetic treatments . With our patients’ safety in mind, we ensure that our equipment is of the highest quality and our team is highly trained. Nevertheless, any treatment may still come with potential risks. We will provide you with complete information about possible treatment risks.
How Can I Prevent Acne Scars?
The best way to prevent scarring is keeping your acne under control. Treating acne will reduce the inflammation and potential risks of scarring. Avoid picking and touching your scabs, as well as squeezing your pimples, to reduce ruptures in the skin and further tissue injuries.
What Treatment Is Best For Me?
Treatment options depend on the patient’s condition, lifestyle and overall needs. Our specialized team will be able to recommend a personalized treatment program that will best suit you. Top priority is to identify the underlying causes of your acne, in order to find the best way of curing it.