Acne Scars

What are Acne Scars?

Acne scars actually result from pores in the skin which have been filled or engorged with oil; bacteria; and dead skin cells. Acne scars are not truly “scars” but instead are changes in hyperpigmentation after inflammation to the area from pimples; blackheads; and even cysts.
Some people scar worse than others and as we age our skin becomes thinner so it may be more pronounced. If a person suffers with acne scars it is important to have a dermatologist clear up the acne prior to any treatment for the scars.It is important to treat acne in early stages so the scarring does not have a chance to worsen over time. There are many treatments for acne scars and depending on the depth of the scarring will determine the treatment. The most common treatment in office is chemical peeling which uses a high potency acid applied topically to remove the top layer of skin. This is done outpatient and has no downtime involved.The most common treatment at home is the use of salicylic acid applied to the skin which will aid in reducing the size of the pores. There are many products to add with the salicylic acid to aid in moisture as the acid can tend to dry out the skin. For deep acne scarring there are options such as laser resurfacing; Botox and filler injections; Microdermabrasion; and even surgery.

It is always best to meet with your dermatologists first to discuss which acne and acne scarring treatment is best for you!

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