How Inflammation Can Cause Acne Scars

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Adult acne in and of itself has an emotional component to it—many who suffer from it try to keep their complexion under wraps. And the scars left behind are no different. Acne scars can affect your self-esteem and cause low confidence. Some people even become depressed and avoid daylight or bright places so no one can see their skin. Before we teach you to prevent the scars from forming, it's important to understand how they come to be.

Inflammation is part of the cycle of a breakout that can’t be completely eliminated, however, the more inflamed the follicle becomes, the more likely the blemish is to scar. Inflammation is a natural response mechanism, ignited by the body, that is necessary for a pimple to heal and fade; but it’s also a key component of scarring.

Unfotunately, any amount of inflmmation can can leave a scar. As Denver facial plastic surgeon Michael Menachof, MD, explains, a breakout will leave behind some kind of mark even if the inflammation is of the slightest amount. When the inflammation exists at a more superficial level, it affects the epidermis and can cause the pigment producing cells, aka melanocytes, to produce too much or too little color, resulting in skin that appears lighter or darker than it naturally is,” explains Mansfield, TX, dermatologist Jeannine Hoang, MD.

In the case of the formation of a pit or depression, the skin tries to repair the damage that’s been done and new collagen forms but when too much collagen is made in the dermis and fibrous bundles form, the scar can become raised, a hypertrophic scar or in its extreme, a keloid.

You don't have to fall victim to the cycle, learn how you can stop acne scars before they start.

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