(Aspen, Colorado, USA)
While acne is a common problem for teenagers and young adults on their early twenties, most people recover from this condition without any permanent marks. In some cases, however, some skin discoloration – or scarring – can occur.
Acne scarring is a result of the body’s response to acne. Since you probably know how acne develops, you may need to know how it results to acne scars. When the hair follicles collects debris (after it gets clogged up), the debris erupts down to the skin’s deeper layer – the dermis.
Since this debris doesn’t normally belong in the dermis, the body attempts to get rid of it via an inflammatory response. The more the body struggles to get rid of it; it will result to a wound in the skin. When the wound heals, it leaves too much collagen and thus, an acne scar is produced.
Acne can be very difficult and unsightly for most people. It can make our skin less than perfect – making us feel self conscious, shy and awkward towards other people. The worst part is – apart from humiliating situations with acne, it leaves you with acne scars as a souvenir.
Most people are more worried that their acne scars will get worse if left untreated. To help you out – acne scars are actually a cosmetic concern so they will not worsen if left untreated.
What you should be more concerned about is if there is still active acne present in your skin. If you do not act on it, then there’ll be more acne scars you may have to live with.
These days, there are several ways to treat acne scarring. Aside from topical treatments like alpha hydroxyl acid and Retin-A, there are also OTC and prescription drugs.
There are also non-invasive lasers that can rejuvenate and rebuild the skin. Though topical products can help the skin improve and enhance the collagen remodeling process, you also need to back it up with a strong sunscreen in order to prevent further skin damage from the sun.
When it comes to OTC and prescription drugs, consumers mention that the latter is more effective in treating acne scars. Consulting with a dermatologist can also help determine if you also need to take oral antibiotics for some time.
Acne scarring may be treatable but there are also ways to prevent it. Of course, in order to prevent acne scars, you need to initially attack the root of the problem – acne.
With the help of a dermatologist, he can evaluate your active acne and guide you through a course of treatment for the prevention of further outbreaks.