Acne is challenging enough to deal with. Unfortunately, it can lead to some significant scarring too. Some scars may be more prominent; others may be deeper. Those with darker skin may notice pigmentary changes around the scars, while people with fairer skin types often deal with redness.
It’s possible to make your scars worse by picking, squeezing, or even being out in the sun. Instead of trying out various skin care products or home remedies, it’s time to plan a visit to our dermatology clinic for acne correction treatments that are actually effective.
Our Orlando FL team at Aesthetic Lane has various acne correction treatments and technology to help you ease your acne scarring, restoring your skin and confidence.
A scar is essentially new collagen that covers up an injury. The same thing happens with acne: it’s an injury to your skin, causing possible acne scars.
Of course, not all acne scars are the same. In general, you might have atrophic scars, which are flat and shallow on your skin, and generally a product of severe cystic acne. Atrophic scars split off into other types of scarring.
This includes boxcar scars, which are broad and generally box-like depressions, usually caused by widespread acne. You might see these scars on the lower cheeks and jaws.
Ice pick scars are smaller and narrower, commonly on the cheeks, and tougher to treat. Then, there are rolling scars, which make the skin appear generally uneven.
You might also deal with hypertrophic and keloid scars, which are basically scars that appear as raised lumps. This is because the scar tissue builds up a little too much, commonly on the jawline, chest, back, and shoulders.
Some of these types of scars may be overwhelming but rest assured that all of these types of scars are treatable.
Why Are Some People Prone to Acne Scars?
Acne scars come from your body’s natural healing process, but there can be issues with the healing process. That’s because acne can be rooted down deep into your skin, which takes longer to heal, destroying more of the skin cells and tissue underneath.
While your body can generally heal itself well, it doesn’t always perform the process perfectly. Sometimes, there’s too much scar tissue, or you’ve popped an acne lesion and your skin can’t recover from the trauma. That’s what causes the dark marks or the scarring, but some people are more predisposed to scarring than others.
Those who suffer from inflammatory acne or tend to pick, squeeze, or pop acne are also more likely to see scarring.
Some Causes of Acne Scarring
Even if you wait for your acne to heal on its own, you might still develop acne scars.
Unfortunately, genetics does play a role. For example, you might have a family member who suffers from more severe acne scarring, which might predispose you genetically.
Sun exposure doesn’t help, either. While the sun won’t cause scarring specifically, it can make scars appear darker.
Thankfully, not all hope is lost. The sooner you get treatment for your acne, the better your scarring will ease up.
Microneedling and Acne
You do have a few options to treat acne scar, one of the most effective ways is microneedling. Microneedling is a treatment meant to decrease the depth of your scars by creating tiny injuries around your face. While it may seem counterintuitive, the usage of needles will form pockets on your face that will encourage collagen production.
You won’t see the little wounds from the needles, but your skin will recognize that it needs to heal itself. This will encourage the production of a new layer of skin that smooths out your skin tone and provides you with brighter and more even skin.
This is a process, so you’ll need to come in for multiple visits and a yearly follow-up, but microneedling is a safer process than most. Ask us today about how we can use microneedling for acne correction.
Chemical Peels and Acne
You can also attempt a chemical peel. This is when glycolic or salicylic acid is used to remove the outer layers of skin. Because they only remove the outer layers, this isn’t the type of acne treatment that will help with deep scarring.
A chemical peel can help reduce excess oil and bacteria on your skin though, minimizing future breakouts and exfoliating your skin. It’s important to speak with your dermatologist about the process—since they will be able to understand specific skin types and acne problems.
After all, there are different types of chemical peels, so the type of peel should be tailored to your skin. You may even be able to get a deeper peel for thicker areas of skin too.