Acne Scars Milton
It is not uncommon for people to struggle with acne well into their adult years. Even those individuals who are lucky enough to experience a dramatic decline in acne related symptoms over time may still be left with acne scarring, which can give the skin an irregular appearance. In this article by LightTouch Med Spa, we will talk about acne scars, and how you can diminish the look of these scars with acne treatment in the Milton area. Read on for more information.
What are acne scars?
Acne scarring is the direct result of deep trauma to the skin related to acne. External factors, such as picking, can traumatize even small acne lesions and result in scarring. Acne scars manifest as areas of pitted or raised skin and can occur on the face or body. Not to be confused with post acne erythema (redness) or hyperpigmentation (brown spots) which are flat, temporary changes related to inflammation that tend to resolve over time, acne scarring changes the overall texture of the skin and does not always improve with time. Acne scars result from the body’s natural attempt to heal itself. Skin pores that become clogged with dead skin cells slowly fill with excess oil and can allow bacteria to grow. These pores (or follicles) can become engorged resulting in acne lesions (i.e. whiteheads or blackheads). When these lesions rupture, the material spilling out into the skin is irritating and cause inflammation which presents as redness, tenderness and sometimes thick white fluid that can be expressed from the acne lesion. To repair this issue, the skin will naturally form new collagen fibers. Raised acne scars occur when the skin over produces collagen, while pitted acne scars result when not enough collagen is produced.
Is there a certain type of acne that causes scarring?
There are many different types of acne, some of which are more prone to scarring than others. Whiteheads and blackheads rarely result in scarring. Inflammatory acne, such as acne cysts or nodules, is most likely to create long-term scarring as this type of acne affects deeper layers of the skin.
Am I more likely to get acne scars?
There are several variables that can make an individual more prone to developing acne scars.
- Genetics: If you have family members with acne scarring, you are more likely to also experience the issue.
- Non-Treatment: Individuals who do not treat their acne are more likely to scar. It is best to get early treatment for acne in order to prevent scarring.
- Picking and Touching: Picking at acne causes trauma to the skin that is more likely to result in scarring and prolong the healing process. Some people are not aware that they are picking at their skin.
How can I treat my acne scars?
Acne scars can affect one’s self-esteem, confidence, and overall quality of life. The best first step is to treat any active acne lesions to prevent future scarring. However if you are already left with scarring, there are many effective treatments that can improve skin texture and reduce acne scarring. Some of these treatments include: Chemical Peels, Dermal Fillers, and Laser Resurfacing, all of which are available treatments at LightTouch Med Spa!
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