One of the most difficult and discouraging aspects of having acne are the marks that are left behind after a breakout clears. Just like any wound or injury, when a pimple does damage to the dermis, often a scar is left behind. The more inflamed the blemish is, the deeper it is, and the longer it takes to heal.
Types of Acne Scars
Scars are a normal part of our healing process after there has been damage to the skin. Wounds that are beyond superficial and damage the dermis, will usually result in a scar. When breakouts happen in the follicle wall, the pore swells. When the pore swells and ruptures (if it is a deep break in the follicle wall) will result in scarring.
To repair the damage to the dermis, your skin forms collagen fibers that aid in the repair of your skin. Unfortunately, the repair will sometimes not come out as flawless as you hope for. Here are the different types of scarring that you may have when healing from an acne breakout:
Keloid: During the healing process when the body produces too much collagen, causing a mass or lump of tissue at the skin’s surface.
Ice Pick and Boxcar Scars: Depressions in the skin’s surface from a loss of tissue
Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation: This is not a scar, but a temporary discoloration of the skin, this is what we see most often in our clinic. It may take a while, but they will eventually fade, especially with the help of targeted skincare products and in-clinic treatments at Austin Skin Plus.
While treatment of acne scars is possible, the most dedicated thing you can do is work to prevent them from ever appearing in the first place. Lifestyle choices such as refraining from picking at and popping pimples, embracing a healthy diet, reducing stress, getting plenty of sleep every night, and regular exercise are all great ways you can contribute to healthy skin. But most importantly of all, if you struggle with acne (and especially if you are prone to scarring), you need to see a professional who can create a treatment plan for you. Targeted skincare is the best, most effective way to fade existing scars, and prevent new scars from forming.
We take great pride in helping acne sufferers achieve beautiful, clear skin. We diligently select natural skincare products that will cater to your specific needs. If acne and acne scars are starting to negatively affect your life, come see US! Together, we will find the solution for you.
Don’t hide that beautiful face of yours!
Carly @ Austin Skin+