Are thinking of ways to get rid of your acne scars? People who suffer from severe Acne know how difficult and frustrating it is to keep it under control. It is often a skin condition that never completely clears up. What makes me feel the most helpless with acne is the scarring. When I started scarring I felt that this acne was totally controlling me and that I had no recourse but to suffer the embarrassment of pimples and scarring for the rest of my life. Now I know that is not the case, there are many different ways to deal with scarring. Now you can not only prevent scarring, but help to rid yourself of the acne scars you already have.
Before I get into the prevention and treatment of scarring, you should know about macules. You will be relieved to know that macules are not permanent and they do go away on their own. Macules are the final stage of some inflamed acne lesions. They do not always appear, but when they do you will recognize them because they are flat and red spots that can remain for up to six months. Once the macule goes away, there is not scar. That's the good news!
I want you to understand why acne causes scarring. Scarring occurs when tissur is injured. With acne the body's response to bacteria and dead skin plugging the sebaceous follicle is to inflame. All of this causes injury to the surrounding tissue and thus develops, you guessed it, into a scar. Some people are more susceptible to scarring than others, unfortunately, that's just the way it is, but there is hope, as you will see below.
There are two types of scars, ice pick and keloid. Ice pick scars are the acne scars the turn into a depressed area and keloid scars become thickened tissue which raises up. Ice pick scars are caused by loss of tissue in the area and keloid scars are caused by increased tissue in the area. Treatment is available to help prevent scarring and also to minimize existing scarring, so there is hope for on both fronts! When I first started talking to my dermatologist about my acne scars, I was surprised to find out that there were ways to help with existing scars. I thought that I would be stuck with those and was just trying to find a way to prevent new scars. Imagine how thrilling it was to discover that there was hope for the scars that had already formed.
With my dermatologist and by doing some research on my own, we came up with a plan that has significantly improved my looks and isn't that what we all want? For some people acne scarring is no big deal and maybe the scars they have are not that prevalent, but for other people acne scarring can have severe psychological and emotional effects. Many people suffer from low self-esteem because of acne and the scars it leaves behind. If you are stressed about the scars, you should definitely look into treatment.
One sure method of preventing or limiting scar tissue is early treatment of acne and continuing the treatment as long as necessary. If you can prevent or minimize the inflammation caused by acne you will have a good chance at preventing the scarring. So if you have not found a way to prevent new scarring then you need to do some research or talk to your dermatologist immediately to get educated on the best way to prevent and decrease inflammation.
Another benefit to seeking treatment for preventing acne scarring is that the treatment can actually improve the looks of the existing scars. There are some over-the-counter creams available that will diminish existing scars.
Overall, if you are an acne sufferer you owe it to yourself to look into different types of treatment for your acne scars. There are many things that can be done to help you look better and feel better. Once you have your acne under control you will be amazed at how your confidence level moves up several notches, I know mine did!