Acne Scarring

Acne Scars

An acne scar forms at the site of an injury to tissue and are the visible reminders of acne breakouts. Causes of acne scars are the body's inflammatory response to sebum, bacteria and dead cells in a plugged follicle. Two types of true scars exist; depressed areas such as ice-pick scars, and raised thickened tissue such as keloids.

Post-inflammatory pigmentation is discoloration of the skin at the site of a healed or healing inflamed acne lesion. It occurs more frequently in darker-skinned people, but occasionally is seen in people with white skin. Early treatment may minimize the development of post-inflammatory pigmentation, but sometimes this pigmentation change may persist for up to 18 months, especially with excessive sun exposure.

Acne scarring can be quite distressing for teens and young women. Acne scarring can be addressed with a number of acne scar treatments from our skin care center. Treating acne scars may take multiple treatments or one aggressive treatment, depending on the depth of the scarring. Acne scar treatments include acne skin care products, chemical peels and laser resurfacing treatments. Acne scar laser treatments can treat red, thick or atrophic scars. Our esthetician or one of our board certified plastic surgeons can discuss with you which acne scar treatment is optimal for your skin condition.

Our estheticians can also work with you to prevent acne scars by giving you a better understanding of what causes acne and help you develop an individualized treatment plan to help correct and prevent acne breakouts. Acne breakout treatments include acne skin care products, microdermabrasion, blue light acne treatments, and chemical peels. Call today for a consultation to learn more about how to get rid of acne scars.