Frequently Asked Questions About Acne Scars
Will my scars get worse without treatment?
Acne scars will not get worse without treatment. However, if active acne is still present, and no action is taken to treat the condition, then scars will continue to form.
What is the best way to prevent scarring from acne?
First, never squeeze or pick acne blemishes such as papules, pustules, nodules and cysts. The best way to prevent the formation of scars is to treat the acne as early as possible. Acne scars are formed when the body attempts to remove a blockage in the dermis creating an inflammatory response. The body responds to the inflammation and tries to repair the wound – that is when a scar is formed.
What is IPL and can it help improve the look of acne scars?
IPL is Intense Pulsed Light – a treatment that reaches deeper layers of the skin without harming the skin’s surface. IPL works by targeting the acne bacteria (P. acnes) that causes acne inflammation (which in turn causes scarring). IPL improves the texture of the skin and lessens the appearance of scars. Read our article on Laser Acne Treatment to learn more about light therapy for treating acne.
Do acne scars fade with time?
Some acne scars will fade over time. The scars left behind from mild or moderate acne can fade with time, but scarring from severe acne generally does not fade. Those scars require professional treatments designed to repair the damage and improve the look of the skin.
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