Engorged pores filled with excess oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells, are acne scars. When your pores swell, the follicle wall forms a break. Sometimes the lesion is superficial, and does not leave a scar. However, most of the time, these enflamed blemishes are a cause of breaks in the pore’s wall, leaving deeper lesions from infected substances spilling into the surrounding tissue. The skin does a remarkable thing at attempting to repair such lesions, and thus produces new collagen fibers. The effort does not always leave the skin looking as smooth and flush as it was before the incident. Flaws tend to occur and the new collagen formation turns into a noticeable acne scar thereafter, especially if left untreated.
Why treat it?
People have varying reasons for wanting to treat their acne scars, whether it be physical, social, or personal:
- Enriched, clear skin look
- Boosted self-esteem
- Modified skin health
Kinds of Acne Scars
- * Hypertrophic: This type of scarring is often referred to also as keloid scarring. These are a result of overproduction of collagen by the body as acne sites mend, creating excess and raised tissue formation on top of the skin.
- * Atrophic: This is the opposite of Hypertrophic scarring. Ever notice little holes or pockets on some adult individuals’ skin? This is that- a concaved appearance on the skin’s surface, or depressed scarring. When there is a loss of tissue, one of two things could occur. “Icepick” scars are one of them, where tiny, however obvious holes appear. “Boxcar” scars are more defined and noticeable hole-like regions, where usually deeply angled sides of such oval shaped depressions are visible. These are comparable to scars left after acquiring chickenpox.
Do’s and Don’ts
Limit sun exposure to absolutely minimal to none if possible. Sun exposure can blacken scars and make them look more conspicuous.
- Overwash. Excessive scrubbing such areas with scars can diminish elasticity and increase the appearance of the scar. This irritates inflamed skin so much and makes its presence worse.
- Pick at your lesions. Nail beds and finger surfaces are notorious for bacteria collection and increase the risk of large or small cyst formation.
- Give up. Giving up on acne scar blemishes should be the last thing on your mind, especially now that so many new techniques and technologies have revolutionized their existence. There are surgical options with much needed downtime to heel. Or there are non-surgical methods that can drastically recover the depth and appearance of acne scars.
* Results of this treatment may vary from person to person.