No one wants to deal with acne scars — no one! But, for some people, they’re a skin reality. If you have acne scars, we’re here to help.
The best way to prevent acne scars, of course, is to treat active acne ASAP when you notice it. If you wanna avoid long-term skin scars, we recommend you never, ever, EVER manually extract blackheads from your face, pick at your pimples or pop your pimples — all of these increase the risk for acne brown spots and scars.
Wanting to know more about acne scars? Here are ten little-known facts.
- Acne scars are the result of active acne inflammation in the dermis.
- The acne scar is actually created by the wound trying to heal itself, resulting in overproduction of collagen fibers in this specific area.
- Without proper treatment of active acne, dark spots and permanent scars can appear on the skin as acne clears. That’s why it’s important to treat acne as quickly as you can.
- Acne pigmentation scars usually fade within 3 to 18 months, although it can last indefinitely if untreated. A medicated dark spot treatment can fade these marks more quickly but will not have an effect on depressed acne scars.
- Most acne pigmentation scars can be avoided by early treatment of active acne without manual manipulation of the skin.
- Rolling acne scars give the skin a wave-like appearance.
- Boxcar acne scars are scars that are depressed with steep borders. These usually appear on the temples and the cheeks, and are more difficult to treat than other type of acne scar.
- Icepick scars the most common type of acne scars — they’re from deep pinpoint pits.
- Proper treatment of active acne and acne scars often boosts a person's self-esteem.
- The best non-surgical treatment to date to help fade depressed acne scars is with fractional micro-needle radiofrequency.
Don’t let the thought of potential acne scars stress you out — treat your acne now and you’ll avoid these scars in the future!