Whether you are an adult or a teen, breakouts of acne are bad enough. But when acne leaves your skin scarred, the embarrassment of an acne breakout can last long after the acne is gone. In both teens and adults, acne can cause deep scars on the face, neck, back, and arms that can result in lower self-esteem. Dermatologic Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery doctors have many different tools to help teens and adults both with acne scars.
How are acne scars formed?
There are two main causes of acne scars. The first, picking at blemishes, is generally blamed for most acne scarring. But that isn’t entirely accurate. While “popping,” poking, prodding, and generally tampering with blemishes can lead to scarring that would not have otherwise occurred, outbreaks of severe acne, like cystic acne, can sometimes cause scarring no matter what you do.
When cystic pimples – hard, inflamed, often large pimples, trapped under the skin – form, your body attempts to fight the trapped infection by sending white blood cells to the area. As your body fights the infection and the skin tries to heal itself, a scar may be formed. Oftentimes, the scars from cystic pimples are the deepest and most permanent acne scars.
So: try to avoid picking at your skin as much as possible to limit acne scarring. But if you are suffering from acne that causes scarring even when left alone, make an appointment with a board-certified dermatologist who can help you get your acne under control and hopefully avoid scarring in the first place.
That being said, if you already have acne scars, don’t lose hope – we have plenty of ways to help you!
Types of Acne Scars
When a dermatologist examines acne-scarred skin, they can identify four different types of scarring:
- Ice Pick: deep, pinpoint scars
- Boxcar: wide depressions with perpendicular edges
- Rolling: wide depressions with acute edges
- Hypertrophic: raised scars that are sometimes red
Treating Acne Scars
Most patients who come to Dermatologic Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery for acne scarring treatments have more than one type of scarring. Since the different kinds of scarring often require different treatments, treating your acne scars may require a variety of different treatments. This may include different kinds of fillers and resurfacing.
Generally, acne scars require multiple treatments and improvement – sometimes dramatic – will occur over time as treatments progress. That being said, most of Dr. Memar’s patients are thrilled with the outcome of their acne scar treatments.