Prevent Acne Scars – The Causes
Acne affects eight out of ten teenagers, and many adults too. It’s so common it’s almost a rite of passage, but that doesn’t make it any less distressing during an outbreak – and if you’ve suffered with spots, you’ll remember the relief you felt when they started to fade away. But when you succeed in treating your acne, or simply grow out of it, you can find yourself facing another problem: acne scars that outlast those spots. They can come in the form of indents or lumps, or just pigmented marks on the surface of the skin.
What Is Acne Scarring?
It can be either a depressed scar, or a lump in the skin. There are three main types of depressed scars: an ice pick scar (a triangle indent in the skin), a rolled scar (a soft edge, larger indent in the skin) and a box scar (a square indent in the skin).
Who Is Prone to Acne Scarring?
The simple answer is no. Some people have an individual tendency to scar more than others, but you can make it worse by picking or squeezing. Keep fingers away from the face.
Preventing Acne Scarring?
The best thing you can do to prevent scarring is not to pick at all.
Acne Scarring Treatment Options
Will scarring be permanent? A true scar cannot be reversed but it can be dramatically improved. This first thing to note is what kind of scar it is – if at all. What some people think is acne scarring is very often discolouration, which is reversible. If you have dark skin, and you squeeze it, it often leaves a dark mark. This can be treated, as it’s pigmentation, not an acne scar.
Treatments for acne scarring are regarded as cosmetic surgery. Cosmetic surgery is considered to be non-essential surgery. However, exceptions have been made when doctors consider that acne scarring is/can cause serious psychological distress.
Dr. Lawrence Jaeger of New York is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of skin conditions and is board certified in dermatology surgery in the New York State.