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Scarred by Your Acne Scars? What You Need to Know

Acne Treatment | Dermatology Glenn Dale, MDWhen you graduate from high school, you think you can kiss all of those embarrassing moments, trends, and pictures behind. Until you pull out your yearbook that is. And although there are some things that you can leave in the past, acne scars aren’t one of them. By giving your skin an irregular appearance, acne scars leave many patients feeling physically deflated.

What Are Acne Scars?

In simple terms, acne scars are caused by the body trying to heal itself from a lesion. When you have a blackhead or white head, you can either leave it alone or pick at it— both of which often result in it popping. Once it has popped, your skin’s natural response is to heal itself. Depending on how severe your acne is (such as nodule acne or cystic acne) and how your skin responds to the lesion, it may heal itself by forming either a pitted or raised acne scar. Pitted scars occur when there’s not enough collagen in the skin, and raised scars to form when there’s too much collagen.

Does All Acne Cause Scarring?

Not everyone who has acne has scarring to show for it. Specific types of acne, such as inflammatory acne, are more likely to cause long-term scarring. If you suffer from mild acne in the form of whiteheads and blackheads alone, they are less likely to result in scarring.

Does It Go Away?

Sometimes, acne scarring starts to fade over time. However, if your scarring is severe, it will likely remain stagnant.

How Is It Treated?

Here at Callender Cosmetic and Dermatology Center, we may treat your acne scarring with a variety of different treatments including laser therapy, chemical peels, or fillers.

If you have acne scars, schedule a consultation with our Glenn Dale office to learn more about how we can treat them.

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