Before we delve into the topic about acne scars, you should know that the remains of an acne outbreak doesn’t just include scars, but it also includes “macules”. There is a slight difference between the two. Although macules look like everyday scars, they are slightly different because they haven’t hit the permanent stage yet. Technically, they are the last stage when acne lesions are the most inflamed. Usually, they are flatter, reddish spots that can stick around for up to several months. The nicer thing about macules is that eventually, they go away whereas scars can stick around for years or sometimes, indefinitely. If you want to learn more about what causes acne scars, keep reading!
The tricky things with scars is that they can vary depending on each person. Some people will keep their scars for their entire lives and with other people, their skin will go through minor transformations which eventually reduce the scars, or they disappear altogether.
As for scars, this can also vary from person to person. With some individuals, scars may remain for a lifetime without change but with others, their skin will undergo a form of remodeling that will eventually diminish the scar. The good news is that some treatments are available if you are proactive about your skin problems. We will cover those later.
What Causes Acne Scars
Basically, a scar is a “mark” on your skin that is leftover on your skin once you have experienced a wound or cut on your skin and it has healed. (In technical terms, “the normal functionality tissue (skin) is replaced with connective tissue (scar)”. When it comes to acne, the tear or lesion happens when the skin becomes inflamed in response to something called “sebum” which are bacteria and dead cells that have become trapped in the plugged sebaceous follicle.
If your skin suffers a lesion (of any sort), the body will immediately try to heal itself. How does it do it? By sending inflammatory molecules to the white blood cells in the affected area, whose main purpose is to fix the damaged tissue, as well as fight any infection. Not all repair jobs are perfect which means that most of the time the lesion is filled with scar tissue, some noticeable, some not. Again, it depends on the person and the size of the initial lesion.
Treatment for Acne Scars
When it comes to treatments, there is a big difference with dealing with regular acne and dealing with the scars left over from acne. In certain circumstances, the scars can be treated but it is extremely important that you bring the outbreak under control first especially if you are suffering moderate to severe acne. Once your acne is under control, you should make an appointment to see your dermatologist and get his/her opinion to talk about possible scar treatments. Your dermatologist will examine your scars (what type they are, where they are located, how big they are, etc.) and should be able to point you in the right direction for possible treatments. Keep in mind that many of the treatments can be costly, so do not take the decision lightly. Some people are willing to wait a few years to see if the scarring disappears on its own. For others, the scarring can be so severe that it affects their self esteem and they prefer not to wait.
We hope you found this information useful and that you now understand what causes acne scars. One final thought. We would like you to keep in mind that scar treatments do not necessarily remove all scarring. Again, it depends on each individual, their age and whether their skin type has the ability to regenerate itself. Although you might see a significant improvement through scar treatments, complete removal is not always possible.
Disclaimer – Please keep in mind that we are not dermatologists here at Acne Help Today. The information presented above on what causes acne scars was posted for informational purposes only. Please consult your doctor and/or dermatologist regarding you health/acne issues.