With few exceptions, we’ve all experienced acne at some point in our lives. For some, it was during the teenage years, and for others, they might not have experienced acne until they were well into their 30s or 40s.
Whether it is a pimple or two, or an ongoing break-out, acne can cause stress and embarrassment for many. Usually a temporary problem, most acne heals without scarring. However, scars can occur from acne as part of the skin’s natural healing process.
What causes acne scars?
Acne often takes form as an inflamed pustule, cyst, or papule. The inflammation occurs when the pore becomes filled with excess oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells. When the pore is engorged, or swells, a break in the follicle, or pore, wall occurs. If this break occurs close to the surface of the skin, then the lesion is likely to heal quickly without scarring. However, if the break in the follicle, or pore, wall is deep, then the infected material might spill out onto the surrounding area of the dermis, which destroys healthy skin cells and tissue. As part of the body’s natural healing process, the skin forms new fibers of collagen to repair the damaged dermis, and this repair can leave what’s referred to as an acne scar.
The more inflammation that exists on the skin, the greater the chances of a scar occurring. Breakouts that are deep in the skin and take a while to heal are also more likely to cause scarring.
What are some of the different types of acne scars?
1. Keloid Scarring
A mass of raised tissue can occur when the body produces too much collagen to heal a wound. This type of scarring is referred to as keloid, or hypertrophic, scarring.
2. Atrophic Scarring
Atrophic scars, or depressed scars, are more common than the other types of acne scars. Two types of atrophic scars are boxcar or ice pick scars.
3. Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH)
PIH is often referred to as acne scarring, though it’s actually a temporary discoloration of the skin that will eventually fade.
How can acne scarring be treated?
There are a number of treatments one might choose to heal, treat, and eliminate acne scars. At DermaTouch RN, we have great success in treating this type of skin condition. Some options we discuss with patients include Broad Band Light, the Halo, the Profractional Laser, and the Contour TRL. Treatment will depend on the individual, the severity of scars, and desired results.
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