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What Causes Acne Scars?

Acne is a common skin condition that impacts tens of millions of people. It most often impacts people during adolescence, but it occurs in adulthood as well. Acne can cause issues with one’s self-confidence. Even worse, the scars left behind after an outbreak can continue to impact you. You may wonder, what causes acne scars? Below you will find helpful information about the causes of acne scars, who is at risk for them, and the most effective treatment option.

What Causes Acne Scars?

Acne occurs when the hair follicles under your skin become clogged. Oil and dead skin cells plug the pores. This causes acne, which can appear on your face, shoulders, chest, or back. It most often appears on people’s faces. When acne penetrates deep into your skin it can damage to the skin tissue beneath it. Once your acne goes away, your skin will work to repair the damage caused by the deep blemish. Scarring occurs when the body works a little too hard, or not hard enough, to repair the damage. Collagen is produced during the healing process, but too much or too little collagen can result in acne scars.

There are two types of acne scars, depressed and raised. Depressed scars occur when the body doesn’t produce enough collagen. This results in depressed scars that look like pits on your skin. However, raised acne scars are caused by the production of too much collagen. Too much collagen causes raised acne scars that appear to have a different texture than your skin. Both types of scars can be treated by acne scar removal in Bakersfield.

Risks Associated with Acne Scarring

While some people may suffer from acne without substantial scarring after, others are at a higher risk for developing them. Below are some of the common risks associated with acne scarring.

  • Acne Disruption: It is best to leave your acne alone as it develops. Picking, popping, or squeezing your acne can cause scarring. This is because it increases inflammation which in turn increases the risk of scarring.
  • Inflammatory Acne: If your acne is swollen, red, or painful it likely is cystic acne. Cystic acne goes deep into your skin causing substantial damage.
  • Family History: If your close family members have acne scars, you may have acne scarring as well. Genetics play a major role when it comes to your risk of certain skin conditions.
  • Untreated Acne: If you let your acne go untreated, you are at a higher risk for acne scarring. Treatment is helpful as it can get rid of your acne, reduce your risk of scarring, and help you achieve your desired aesthetic.

Acne Scar Removal Treatment

Acne scar removal can help you get your confidence back and help you feel good about the way you look. One of the most effective ways to remove acne scars is through laser treatment in Bakersfield. The treatment is performed on an outpatient basis and utilizes state-of-the-art technology to target acne scars on your skin. There is absolutely no recovery period or downtime needed, so you can get right back to your regular routine. Depending on the severity of your scarring, you may require multiple treatments. You can discuss the treatment plan during your consultation.

Post-treatment you may experience some sensitivities, but any symptoms should subside within just a few days. It’s important to limit your sun exposure for the first few days after treatment. It is crucial to wear sunscreen on a daily basis after to ensure your results last. If you still have an active acne issue after treatment, it’s important to regulate it with topical oral treatments so new scars do not form.

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