Acne scars most commonly occur when deeper types of acne cause damage deep within the skin tissue and scar tissue forms, leaving areas that appear dimpled, depressed or discolored compared to surrounding tissue. Some scars cause textural changes, causing skin to appear smoother or shinier or resulting in bumps or “hard spots.” Even mild acne can cause scar tissue to form as a result of skin damage.
Several treatments are available to treat or even prevent acne scars. Cortisone creams can help reduce inflammation which can cause scars to form or become worse, and some fading creams may help reduce darkening that occurs with many scars. Don't use any cream without consulting with Dr. Westfried first. Once scars have formed, they can be treated with lasers or chemical peels to help remove or break down scar tissue and promote deep healing and collagen formation that can fill in depressions over time.
The best way to prevent scarring is to have your acne treated by a dermatologist. Even mild breakouts can result in scarring, and seeing a dermatologist regularly is the best way to keep breakouts under control and prevent the formation of scar tissue. Routine dermatology visits also ensure that any scars that do develop can be treated as early as possible for best results. And in addition to medications and other treatments to control your acne, Dr. Westfried can also provide you with tips on good hygiene and lifestyle changes that can help reduce flareups. Never pick at, squeeze or “pop” a pimple, all of which can increase inflammation, prevent healing and make scarring worse. And if you do have a scar, avoid sun exposure which can cause scars to become more noticeable.
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