Condition: Acne scarring

Severe acne is more likely to lead to scarring but it can also happen after mild acne.

What causes
acne scarring?

Acne causes inflammation in the deeper layer of the skin called the dermis and this can damage the elastic fibers which give skin its smoothness and elasticity.  The end result is an irregular skin contour with dips and dents.  Severe acne is more likely to lead to scarring but it can also happen after mild acne.  In people with darker skins, acne often leaves long-lasting pigmented blemishes (post inflammatory hyperpigmentation).


How How can acne scarring
be treated?

It is really important to make sure that all active acne has been ‘switched off’ first with effective treatment (as above) as further spots may cause scars.  Treatment options then include resurfacing the skin with chemical peels or lasers and cosmetic surgical procedures to remove scars and tethered skin.  Dermal fillers can also be used to even out irregular skin contours.


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