Acne Scarring

What Causes Acne Scarring? The problem begins within our skin as it naturally produces oil in our sebaceous gland. Acne-causing bacteria metabolize this oil and that metabolized oil is irritating to our skin. As this oil increasingly irritates the skin, our hair follicles will become plugged, thereby collecting debris. This debris then erupts down into the deeper layer of our skin, the dermis. This debris is an intruder in the dermis, a foreign body, which doesn’t belong there. As a result our body attempts to get rid of this foreign body with an inflammatory response. As our body struggles to remove this foreign debris with this inflammatory response, a wound in our skin is the result, and we end up with a scar. Acne scarring, like any other scarring, is the result of a wound in the skin, which then heals, leaving too much collagen behind. Acne scars are primarily a cosmetic concern and do not worsen without treatment. However, if active acne is present and no action is taken to correct it, there will be an increase in the severity and amount of acne scarring. How are Acne Scars different than other scars? As with other scars, acne scars are the result of a wound in our skin healing, resulting in too much collagen in that particular spot. Unlike other scars, however, acne scars are bound down and depressed within our skin. Since the wound occurs within the dermis from the original inflammation brought on by acne, the scar is often within our skin, rather than on its surface. This makes acne scarring more difficult to improve.

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