Up to 90% of adolescents report having problems with acne at some point.
But, why do some breakouts clear up like nothing happened, while some leave visible reminders of the acne for years to come?
In this article, we will cover the basics of what causes acne scarring and little things that you can do to potentially help lessen the damage.
There are specific types of acne that tend to cause scarring worse than others.
These are the very deep and inflammatory lesions like the “under the skin” pimples that feel way in there, or cystic and nodular acne.
Blackheads and whiteheads rarely cause scarring, since they mainly stick to the very top layers of the skin and don’t usually come along with large amounts of inflammation.
The reason why those deeper types of pimples are the worst in terms of scarring - is the inflammation.
All of this excess inflammation leads to the infected pore swelling and rupturing into the deep surrounding skin tissues. Once the pore follicle is ruptured, all of that oil, debris, and bacteria start damaging the surrounding tissues too.
Later, once the pimple starts healing, it has a lot of damaged tissue to replace. And if the collagen used to help rebuild the damage is filled in a little higher or lower than your normal skin level, it can look like a bump or an indention.
1. Lots of inflammation:
The more inflamed the breakout is to start with, the higher the risk of it leaving a scar. If there is a lot of redness, swelling, and pain, the area is very inflamed.
2. Delaying treatment:
If you know that you have inflammatory acne, but you tend to let it run its course instead of getting treatment for it, you may be putting yourself at risk for worse scarring.
Studies show a correlation between acne severity or duration and the development of scarring, meaning that getting treatment sooner may help prevent long-lasting scarring.
3. Picking and popping:
Picking at and popping acne lesions often only increases the inflammation in the area, compounding the inflammatory issues and potentially leading to more scarring than if the breakout had been left untouched.
4. Your family members have acne scars:
Genes may play a big role in your skin and how your skin reacts to inflammatory acne.
This means that if you have a few relatives that carry deep acne scars from their youth, you may need to take extra steps to help prevent acne scarring.
Now that you have the basics down, you know how to better help prevent scarring from future breakouts.
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