Scars, as much as they part of the body’s natural healing process, can be unsightly and affect how we look at ourselves. If we experience scarring on our faces where they are clearly visible, our self image can be shredded in seconds. We want to prevent the scarring that takes place on our bodies as much as possible. Acne can even produce scarring if it manages to form deep enough underneath the skin.
Moderate acne that is produced on the surface of the skin usually has no potential for scarring your skin unless you touch or constantly scrape the affected area. The scarring usually occurs when the acne has formed a little deeper down inside the skin and damages the dermis. When the break occurs in the follicle wall and the lesion forms, the bacteria and infected material spills onto the dermis, underneath the surface of your skin. This damages the healthy skin cells.
Your body automatically goes into repair mode and produces collagen in order to repair the affected skin cells. As you can see with acne scarring, the body’s ability to make the skin look the way it did before is not as good as we would like it to be. This part of the body seems to be built for functionality, not aesthetics.
If the collagen produced is too much for the skin, it will cause a bumping effect on the scars. It looks like a mass of raised tissue on the skin. This Hypertrophic or Keloid scarring. This is less common when deep skin breaks damage the skin cells. You won’t see this on very many people at all.
The more common effect of scarring leaves depressed type scars, called atrophic scars. These scars are caused by a loss of tissue, and the body does what it can do to best repair the skin. There are scarring treatments that are available that can be looked into at your own convenience. They may be worth it.
Inflammation will dictate whether or not you have the potential for scarring or not. The bigger the lesion on your skin, the more likely you are to be scarred. This is why it is important to seek prompt medical attention when you notice such lesions. Breakouts that happen deep under the skin that take longer periods to heal also add the risk of scars.
Sometimes we think we have been scarred by acne, but what it actually is, is just a discoloration in the skin that will go away with time. This is medically known as Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation. You can be prescribed medications that will speed the healing time of PIH.
Acne scarring is sometimes the most damaging of all acne related problems. If you leave the acne too long untreated, you will regret it – possibly for the rest of your life. Save your self-image, your self-esteem, save your health and save your skin by using the proper cleansers every day to ensure that you have the best skin.