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What causes acne scars?
Acne scars result from inflamed blemishes that are caused by swollen 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. And even when our skin repairs itself, it does not look as clear 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 if you have an acne scar
We recommended that you stay out of the sun. Excessive sun exposure can darken acne scars and make them more visible. Additionally, 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. Bacteria from your hands and nails can result in the formation of additional cysts.
Schedule a consultation in central Oregon
At Refine Medical in Bend Oregon, we provide laser skin resurfacing and radio frequency (RF) treatments to patients with acne scars. Laser skin resurfacing provides non-invasive rejuvenation to diminish acne scars without surgery or downtime.* RF treatments stimulate collagen which helps to plump up the skin beneath deeper scars.* Request an appointment on our website or give us a call at (541) 330-6292 to get started.
*Individual results may vary; not a guarantee.