Acne scars are often the result of deep trauma to the skin but other external factors, such as picking, can also result in scarring. Acne scarring changes the overall texture of the skin and most do not improve over time unless treated properly.

Acne scars are caused by skin pores that become clogged with dead skin cells, bacteria and excess oil. These pores or follicles become engorged, which results in acne lesions. There is tenderness, redness and sometimes thick, white fluid can be expressed from the acne lesion. In order to repair the skin, the body will naturally form new collagen fibers. Pitted acne scars result when there is not enough collagen produced, while raised acne scars occur when the skin produces excess collagen.

There are various types of acne that cause scarring but the most common are nodules and acne cysts as they affect deeper layers of the skin. Fortunately today there are various treatments available for acne scars but early treatment is still the best way to prevent scars. Consult our NOVU doctor now for the best solution to acne scars.

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