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Ways To Treat and Prevent Acne Scarring

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					Ways To Treat and Prevent Acne Scarring

Acne is a problem for many teens and adults alike, and can have serious physical and
psychological ramifications. Add to this the scars that form as a result of acne and it isn’t
hard to understand why its effects are so long lasting.

There are different types of acne, and each can leave different types of scars. The good
news is these scars can be treated, and with the right daily acne regimen, in many cases
prevented.

It is important to understand, not only the type of acne you have and how to treat it, but
also your skin type. Treatment and scarring can both vary according to skin type, and
you must know this information before you can begin treating the problem.

The occurrence of scarring is different for different people. It is often difficult to predict
who will and won’t scar, how extensive or deep the scars will be, and how long the scars
will persist.

Likewise, it is also difficult to predict how successfully scars can be treated and
prevented.

The only sure way to treat and prevent acne scarring is to treat acne early on in its course,
and to do so for as long as it takes to clear up the problem. Remember, treating acne may
not be a short-lived process. While some people with mild forms of acne are able to treat
breakouts as they occur, others must constantly treat the condition to help prevent
breakouts from occurring more frequently.

The more inflammation can be eliminated, the more likely it is that scars can be
prevented. This is especially true when preventing acne aggravation. The more you
irritate an inflamed an area, the more likely it is to scar.

If you have a known tendency to scar from acne, whether mild, moderate, or severe, you
should seek the care of a dermatologist who can suggest treatments to help eliminate and
prevent further acne scarring.

There are two general types of acne scars, which are defined by tissue response to
inflammation. They are: scars caused by tissue formation, and scars caused by loss of
tissue.

Scars caused by increased tissue formation are called kelloids or hypertrophic scars. The
term hypertrophy means “enlargement”, or “overgrowth”. These scars are associated
with excessive amounts of collagen in the skin, overproductions of which, is due to the
skin cells’ response to injury.

This excess collagen builds up to form a smooth, irregularly shaped scar. This type of
scar can persist for years, but may diminish over time.
Scars that result from loss of tissue are similar to those caused by Chickenpox, and are
more common than hypertrophic scars.

One such type is an ice pick scar. This type of scar is usually small, with a jagged edge.
This type of scar can be improved by stretching the skin, though; hard ice pick scars
cannot be stretched out. This is a very common type of acne scar, and, perhaps, one of the
easiest to treat.

There are various types of scars that fall under each of the two categories, and treatment
for each may vary. A physician can help you decide if surgical treatment is necessary or
even advisable. The best way to prevent acne scars is to prevent acne.

				
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