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Acne Scarring & Treatment Options

acne scars

Acne Scars
Struggling with unsightly acne scarring? You are not alone! Acne scarring can cause severe psychological damage and insecurity in my patients, so its not surprising that acne scarring is one of the most common skin concerns my patients bring up during our consultations. So can acne scars be corrected? Absolutely! But first let’s discuss what causes these unsightly scars.

Causes of Acne Scars
In the simplest terms, acne scars form at the site of an injury to tissue. They are the visible reminders of injury and tissue repair. In the case of acne, the injury is caused by the body’s inflammatory response to sebum, bacteria and dead cells in the plugged sebaceous follicle. Two types of true scars exist, as discussed later: (1) depressed areas such as ice-pick scars, and (2) raised thickened tissue such as keloids.

When tissue suffers an injury, the body rushes its repair kit to the injury site. Among the elements of the repair kit are white blood cells and an array of inflammatory molecules that have the task of repairing tissue and fighting infection. However, when their job is done they may leave a somewhat messy repair site in the form of fibrous scar tissue, or eroded tissue.

White blood cells and inflammatory molecules may remain at the site of an active acne lesion for days or even weeks. In people who are susceptible to scarring, the result may be an acne scar. The occurrence and incidence of scarring is still not well understood, however. There is considerable variation in scarring between one person and another, indicating that some people are more prone to scarring than others. Scarring frequently results from severe inflammatory nodulocystic acne that occurs deep in the skin. But, scarring also may arise from more superficial inflamed lesions.

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Prevention of Acne Scars
It is difficult to predict who will scar, how extensive or deep scars will be, and how long scars will persist. It is also difficult to predict how successfully scars can be prevented by effective acne treatment.

Nevertheless, the only sure method of preventing or limiting the extent of scars is to treat acne early in its course, and as long as necessary. The more that inflammation can be prevented or moderated, the more likely it is that scars can be prevented.

Treatments for Acne Scars
A number of treatments are available for acne scars, many of which can be done right here at Ellemes Medical Spa! The type of treatment selected should be the one that is best for you in terms of your type of skin, and cost.

A decision to seek treatment for acne scars also depends on the way you feel about scars. Do acne scars psychologically or emotionally affect your life? Are you willing to “live with your scars” and wait for them to fade over time? These are personal decisions only you can make.

Ellemes Medical Spa currently offers the following treatments to help with acne scarring:

In summary, acne scars are caused by the body’s inflammatory response to acne lesions. The best way to prevent scars is to treat acne early, and as long as necessary. If scars form, a number of effective treatments are available. Book your free skincare consultation today and we can come up with a treatment plan to help with your acne scars!

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