What is acne scarring?
Acne can be a painful and embarrassing condition, and unfortunately the physical and emotional effects can last long after it disappears. Dealing with congested skin and periodic breakouts is challenging enough, but the dark marks and scars acne may leave behind are often worse. Acne scars can present in a variety of ways including discolouration, hypertrophic scars (thick, raised scars that stick out above the skin), keloid scars (where an overgrowth of scar tissue occurs), and atrophic scars (pitted depressions in the skin, resembling deep pores). No matter their appearance, acne scars can greatly impact self-esteem and confidence.
What causes acne scarring?
Not all cases will result in scarring, but when acne is severe, your skin reacts to the lesions in the same way it would a traumatic wound. When damage is caused to the skin, the body responds by forming new collagen fibers to repair the injury. Scarring occurs when the body creates too much collagen (which results in a keloid or hypertrophic scar) or too little (which results in an atrophic or thin scar). For some, acne scarring can be prevented, while for others it’s an unavoidable reality. Aside from genetic skin healing factors, lifestyle habits such as unprotected sun exposure or picking and squeezing pimples and blemishes can cause further damage.
About acne scar treatments.
Although acne scars may not completely disappear, there are several medical grade technologies and treatments that are extremely effective in improving their appearance. At Cosmedica, we created the Scar Care Clinic in recognition of the need to offer comprehensive management of scars. We offer a diverse range of acne scar treatments including injectable treatments, laser therapies and skincare options. We are committed to providing tailored treatment plans to smooth raised scars, restore depressed marks, and even balance irregular pigmentation. A thorough consultation will assess the acne scar treatments best suited to your unique condition. Let us help you improve acne scars safely and effectively.