Do you have acne scars that are a daily reminder of your turbulent battle with pimples as a teen? Nearly 40% of acne sufferers develop some type of scarring due to their condition. While superficial scars typically go away on their own, there are a significant number of adults that suffer from deeper and more permanent acne scars. This can leave your complexion uneven with several indentions and depressions where the acne once attacked your adolescent face.
The good news is that you don’t have to live with acne scars. Regardless of how severe your acne condition was in your past, you can regain a confident and smoother complexion with advanced acne scar treatment from Spectrum Dermatology of Atlanta.
Why Do Some Pimples Leave Scars and Others Don’t?
A pimple develops when skin pores become clogged with excess oil, sebum, dead skin cells and bacteria. This inflames the skin and causes swelling and redness. As the pore grows larger with debris, it can rupture and spill its contents of oil and bacteria back into the skin. At this point, an infection is likely to develop.
Shallow lesions can heal on their own without leaving any visible mark. However, when the rupture of the pore wall causes a more severe infection and damage to deeper dermal layers of skin, the skin will attempt to repair itself and generate extra collagen fibers. Sadly, the new skin doesn’t always match up in texture compared to your surrounding skin. Therefore, this process creates texture abnormalities that are known as pitted acne scars or deep indentions.
Types of Acne Scars
Acne scars range in various sizes and appearance. In general, however, acne scars are categorized into the following types:
- Ice pick scars
- Boxcar scars
- Rolling scars
- Hypertrophic or keloid scars
How We Can Help
At Spectrum Dermatology of Atlanta, we are proud to offer innovative treatments to lessen the appearance of unsightly acne scars, including advanced laser therapy, chemical peels, dermabrasion, micro needling and even facial fillers. One of our skin care specialists can help determine which treatment is best for your particular acne scars. Our goal is to create a smoother, more even skin tone and improve the overall health and vibrancy of your complexion.
Call today to learn more about acne scar treatment. Just because acne sabotaged your self-esteem as a teenager, doesn’t mean you have to live with the blemishes now.