Acne scarring is a common skin issue for millions of Americans. Contrary to what many believe, this condition affects people across many age demographics—not just teenagers. Acne scarring can serve as a bothersome physical reminder that remains on the skin long after acne has disappeared.
Dermatology Associates of Atlanta helps patients create lasting improvements in their skin complexion and tone with a variety of procedures that are customized for each specific case. Part of the treatment process involves proper patient education, so we’re listing some fast facts about acne and its potential to leave scars.
- During the natural aging process, skin loses collagen, which can accentuate the appearance of scarring. In other words, if you didn’t get acne scars as a teenager, don’t assume you won’t get them as an adult.
- There are three main shapes of acne scars that occur: ice pick, boxcar, and rolling. During an in-person evaluation at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta, we can identify your specific type of scarring which allows us to administer the most fitting treatment.
- Raised acne scars form after the body attempts to heal a lesion under the skin’s surface. New collagen fibers are formed and then create an uneven and inconsistent look compared to the surrounding healthy skin.
- Prolonged sun exposure can darken the acne scar tissue and make effective removal more difficult in the future.
- Picking at acne drastically increases the chances of scarring and infection.
- Some of the treatment options for acne scarring include microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and laser resurfacing. Each treatment works best for different types and shapes of scars.
- Many myths persist about acne and acne scarring. To clarify, acne is not caused by poor diet and scarring isn’t necessarily unavoidable.
- It’s an incorrect notion that acne just needs to “run its course”. There are numerous treatments for it that are effective and realistic for patients of all ages. Putting off treatment for your acne can cause more damage.
- The first step in treating acne is an accurate diagnosis from a provider at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta because there are different types of acne that require different courses of treatment.
Acne and acne scarring are both manageable conditions with the right dermatological care. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta, contact our office at (404) 256-4457. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to stay updated on all of our cosmetic events and specials!