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What Types of Acne are Most Likely to Scar?

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Dec 6, 2013 - 10:57:08 AM



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(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Not simply the bane of high school students the night before prom, acne can occur during any phase of life. While some people have relatively clear skin that only breaks out once in a while, others are chronically fighting a frustrating battle against severe acne. Fortunately, most people stop suffering from breakouts once they reach their thirties, but severe acne can leave behind a permanent problem: acne scars. Since not all acne leaves scars, you may be wondering what types of acne are most likely to scar. Let's talk about what can cause acne scars, how to help prevent scars from forming, and how to treat existing acne scars for smooth, beautiful skin.

Some of the causes of Acne Scars!

Acne causes inflammation that damages the skin, sometimes leading to scarring. Acne scars can sometimes heal themselves over time, fading until they are almost unnoticeable. However, chronic acne can leave scars so severe they will never fade. But what leads some acne to scar and other types to disappear completely?

One of the main risk factors for scarring is cystic acne. Cysts form underneath the acne, leaving the skin with a lumpy appearance. When the skin above the cystic tissue heals, the cysts don't always go away, a typical problem for those suffering from acne scars. Serious scarring is rarely caused by common whiteheads and blackheads.

Prevention against Acne Scars...

The last thing you want to do is let scars form in the first place or make them worse! There are many ways to prevent scars, but fewer ways to treat them effectively. Here are some ways you can prevent acne scars from forming:

  • Leave your acne alone! Picking or squeezing your pimples does far more harm than good - it opens up the area to more bacteria, subjects the skin to further injury, and may exacerbate the infection.
  • See a dermatologist about your skin. If you consult with a dermatologist during your outbreak you will have expert advice to help you prevent further outbreaks and scarring.
  • Stay out of the sun! Sun can cause discoloration to any existing scarring, so it's important to protect your skin with appropriate clothing and sunscreen.
  • Avoid unhealthy habits like smoking and excessive drinking. These substances can deplete the body of oxygen and hydration, making it harder for skin to heal.

Treatment of Acne Scars

There is no quick fix for acne scars. While it can take a long time and many treatments to show improvement in acne scars, many people do experience significant improvement. Keep in mind, however, that the amount of improvement that is possible will vary depending on the patient, treatment, and extent of scarring.

Some of the most common treatments for acne scars are various types of cosmetic lasers. Laser resurfacing is a fairly non-invasive procedure that can treat scars and stimulate collagen production using heat and light. Depending on the extent of the scarring, the treatment process may involve several sessions with a dermatologist for laser resurfacing. Recovery can take several days, depending on the treatment. A consultation with a cosmetic dermatologist will allow you to get an idea of what treatment might be right for you. Less intensive treatments can include chemical peels and skin care services.

Acclaimed Dermatological Services

As one of the foremost cosmetic dermatology experts in the country, Dr. Diane Walder offers patients knowledgeable advice and a wide range of skin treatments in Miami Beach. If you suffer from acne or acne scars, Dr. Walder is the dermatologist to visit! Call 305-866-2177 and set up an appointment to discuss your treatment options, assess your candidacy, and ask questions. Don't take chances with your skin care; choose a reputable cosmetic dermatologist for your treatment needs.

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