What causes acne scars?
Acne scars generally result from inflamed blemishes that are caused by engorged skin pores. Skin pores can swell up from excessive oil, bacteria and dead skin cells, causing a break in the follicle wall. Minor breaks in the follicle wall do not take as long to heal, but a major one can cause infected material to spill out into surrounding tissue to create deeper lesions. Your skin actually has its own self-repair technique for lesions. New collagen fibers are formed and attempt to repair them. Unfortunately, as we age, our bodies produce less and less collagen, making it harder for acne scars to fade. Even when our skin repairs itself, it does not look as pristine as that original dermal layer.
The main types of acne scars
Scars resulting from acne are identified as either hypertrophic/keloid or atrophic/depressed. Hypertrophic/keloid scarring develops when the body produces too much collagen as acne wounds heal. They look like a mass of raised tissue on the surface of the skin. Atrophic/depressed scars are caused by a loss of tissue. Often referred to as “icepick” scars, they appear as small, visible holes in the skin. “Boxcar” scars are depressions that are commonly round in shape. They can look similar to the scars you can get from the chickenpox.
What to do about existing scars
Make sure to stay out of the sun. Excessive sun exposure can darken acne scars and make them more visible. Remember to avoid over-scrubbing when you wash your face. Friction will irritate inflamed skin. Never pick at your scars, especially if you haven’t washed your hands. We use our ICON laser to treat scars on the face and body. This high-energy light can help remodel the scar tissue, reducing redness and helping to flatten the scar.
Schedule treatments in Fairbanks, Alaska
If you live in or around the Fairbanks area and you suffer from acne scars, request an appointment at Revive Aesthetics. Laser treatments can provide the results you want without the use of surgery or other invasive procedures. To get started, give us a call at (907) 371-1766 or fill out the request form on our site.
*Individual results may vary; not a guarantee.