Acne Scar Prevention and Treatment

To keep your skin looking its best it is important to take acne scars seriously. These scars can occur from even minor blemishes if they are not treated properly. Acne scars can last a lifetime and have a negative impact on ones self-esteem. The key to overcoming acne scars is a combination of prevention and treatment.

Prevent Acne Scars

Acne Scar Prevention and Treatment

To keep your skin looking its best it is important to take acne scars seriously. These scars can occur from even minor blemishes if they are not treated properly. Acne scars can last a lifetime and have a negative impact on ones self-esteem. The key to overcoming acne scars is a combination of prevention and treatment.

Causes of Acne Scars

Scars are caused by the skin being injured. Any injury that is deep enough in the skin will cause a scar, but acne pimples, blemishes and cysts are particularly prone to scar. This is because they tend to last for a long time, have associated inflammation with white blood cells and pus, destroy the tissue around them, and because some people with acne tend to pick at it in an attempt to get rid of it.  

Cosmetic Treatments for Acne Scars

Some recommended treatments can help reduce the appearance of the acne, but may not completely remove the scars. Application of salicylic and glycolic acids, with specially designed skin care products, or in-office chemical peels, dissolve the plugs in the pores of acne lesions. Prescription retinoid creams like Tazorac help prevent acne and can give some increased collagen production under the skin, especially when used for an extended period. Fraxel laser treatments help reduce the scarring with multiple sessions over time.

Acne Scars Versus Dark Pimple Spots

Not all marks and spots on the face are acne scars, some are simply pigment or redness left over after an acne lesion has resolved. If you aren’t sure whether you’re looking at an actual acne scar, shine a light tangentially on the area. Most scars are raised above or lowered below the surface of the skin and the skin is uneven on the surface. Some scars are even with the surface of the skin but no longer have pores. Areas that are flat with the surface of the skin, have pores but are lighter or darker than the skin, or red, are not true scars.

How to Prevent Acne Scars

If you have not yet developed acne scars, you have the opportunity to prevent them. First of all, get treatment for your acne as soon as you notice it. Ask your dermatologist for recommendations on proper treatment. Never pick at the acne or the scars on your face, because this only makes the acne worse. Practicing good skin care regimes is always beneficial at preventing acne scars. Dr. Elaine has designed a number of products specifically to treat acne including Acne Treatment Sets, Cleansers, Toners and other treatment products.

While treatments exist to minimize the appearance of scars, nothing cures a scar entirely. Consult your dermatologist when you notice the first signs of acne or scarring.