Acne is a skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. It often causes whiteheads, blackheads or pimples, and usually appears on the face, forehead, chest, upper back and shoulders. Acne is most common among teenagers, though it affects people of all ages.
Teenage years are hard enough without the embarrassment of acne. Many adults can remember the memories of hating picture day at school, trying to hide a severe break out before the big prom, or the feelings of lowered self-esteem that acne caused. While diet may play a small role in this disease, it is a genetic problem that every girl will tell you is clearly related to cyclic hormonal fluctuations. Androgens, hormones found in boys with girls having lower levels, play a major role in the development of acne. It is very common affecting approximately 80-90% of teenagers in the US. While acne is a very personal problem, it is so common with a recent study found it be the 8th most common disease worldwide.
Acne treatment is moderately successful at best. Ask anyone who had to deal with acne and they will roll their eyes and rattle off the topical creams they tried, often in complicated regimens with 2-3 products prescribed to be used twice daily. These include special facewashes and a long list of topical products including topical antibiotics, benzoyl peroxide and in severe case isoretinoic acid. While oral antibiotics are often prescribed, they are used less frequently as the studies show minimal effectiveness. Birth control pills are often prescribed to girls to stabilize hormones but many girls find their acne worsens with her side effects such as weight gain and mood swings just adding to their problems with multiple medications face washes facial. Acne scars are usually the result of inflamed blemishes caused by skin pores engorged with excess oil, dead skin cells and bacteria. The pore swells, causing a break in the follicle wall. Shallow lesions are usually minor and heal quickly. But if there is a deep break in the wall of the pore, infected material can spill out into surrounding tissue, creating deeper lesions. The skin attempts to repair these lesions by forming new collagen fibers. These repairs usually aren’t as smooth and flawless as the original skin. Treatments that can improve the appearance of acne/acne scarring are SecretRF, Laser Genesis, Chemical Peels, PRP, and getting on a medical grade skin care regimen.
Acne Scars Q&A
Why do you get acne scars?
Scars form after the skin tries to repair itself. Acne scars are no different. They appear after pores engorged with bacteria, dead skin, and excess oil swell and break the follicle wall. To repair the lesions, the body creates new bands of collagen fiber.
While the collagen does heal the skin, it can leave behind evidence of the former blemish.
What types of acne scars can you get?
Typically, acne scars appear as either:
Keloid or hypertrophic scarring
When the body creates too much collagen, you can get acne scars that are raised masses on the skin.
Depressed or atrophic scarring
Depressed acne scars happen when the body can’t create enough new tissue to leave an even skin tone.
Atrophic scarring creates either “icepick” scars, which are small, noticeable holes in the skin, or “boxcar” scars. Boxcar scars are depressed round or oval scars that have steep, angled sides.
How can you treat acne scars?
At Swan Medical Aesthetics, Dr Jane Smith will consult with you, evaluate your skin’s condition and determine a treatment plan to reduce and rid you of acne scars. These treatments, although customized to your unique needs, may include Laser Genesis, Secret Rf Microneedling, PRP- Platelet Rich Plasma, or chemical peels.
To learn more about acne and how you can get rid of acne scars, call us today to schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr Jane Smith.