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As if acne wasn’t bad enough, you have to deal with the scars it left behind? No bueno. If you’re facing life with acne scars, find solace in the fact: You’re not alone. Over 80% of people under the age of 30 will get acne, and 20% of them will develop scars from it.
Curious to learn what can treat your acne scars once and for all? You came to the right place. I’m breaking down the basics of acne scars, what causes them, what types of acne scars exist, plus other common questions I get from patients. You’re about to become an expert learning everything you need to know about acne scars. Just keep reading!
Lots of people suffer from acne, but not every pimple leaves behind a scar. Why? Scarring usually requires deep, irritated acne so your average zit shouldn’t leave a trace.
When deep breakouts occur profoundly in the skin, they damage the layers and tissue beneath it. Once the acne finally clears, the skin tries to repair this damage - sometimes more successful than others. If it doesn’t do a great job, you get a scar.
During this acne healing process, the body makes collagen. Think of collagen like the “glue” that holds everything together and without it, the skin struggles to support itself. If the body doesn’t produce enough or too much collagen when healing, a scar can appear. It’s a much less glamorous Goldie-Locks story.
Different healing causes different remains, but there are two main types of acne scars.
These describe the acne scars that form small depressions or pits on the surface. Depressed scars are produced if the body produces too little collagen when healing the acne damage.
Literally the opposite of depressed, raised acne scars happen when the body produces too much collagen. This type is more common in people who have skin of color like African Americans, Hispanics, and Asians.
Some people are simply more prone to getting acne scars. Bad skin can be genetic or a result of poor diet and a multitude of other factors.
People at any age can get acne, which means you can develop scars at any time too. Adult acne is increasing, affecting up to 15 percent of adult women. The good news? You can prevent acne scars with effective treatments (more on that later).
So are you at risk? Well, how intense are your breakouts? The risk of acne scars is higher if a person has inflammatory (swollen, reddish, painful) acne. This invasive acne digs deeper in the skin’s tissue, causing more damage. If you have this, treat it ASAP since letting it go untreated will produce more scarring.
Do you often pick a pimple or pop a zit? Think again! That’s another common cause of acne scarring. When you’re having a breakout, try to seek out skin-friendly treatments - like the ones below.
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Thanks to science and breakthrough technologies, there are multiple treatments that can help treat acne scars and reduce their appearance.
The following treatments are effective because they improve your skin’s texture and boost collagen production. As an added bonus, you’ll also experience a better complexion and more even skin tone and pigmentation.
✨ PRF Skin Rejuvenation
✨ Dermal Fillers (like my fav, Hyaluronic Acid)
✨ Medical-grade skincare products
⚠️ Important note: It might take multiple rounds of treatments - or a combination of them - to yield your best results. Working with an experienced practitioner will help set realistic expectations and help you form an action plan on your skin journey.
Med spas, like The Plastic NP, are your best line of defense against preventing and treating acne scarring. We’re armed with the best-in-class techniques, award-winning services, and experienced professionals to deliver the best treatments to patients. Many think we only fight aging skin. Think again! We’re here for ALL skin types.
If you don’t know me, I'm Jen Pilotte. As one of Dallas’ top injectors, I see my fair share of acne scars. Thankfully, my team can help restore your skin and mitigate scarring. We get patients from all over Texas, but The Plastic NP is located right here in Dallas.
Book a consultation today and we’ll get to the bottom of your skin concerns so you can look and feel your best!