We can all agree that acne scars are annoying. Even if you’ve made progress to clear your skin of breakouts, acne scars can leave you with a less-than-perfect complexion for months or even years after. There is a great amount of conflicting information out there about acne scars, so we’re here to settle the uncertainty. Read on for answers to everything you need to know about acne scars.
What Causes Them?
According to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, acne scars can be caused by inflamed acne – the type of breakout that irritates deep into the skin and leaves lasting wounds even after the bacteria has left. They can also be caused by picking and popping pimples, taking too long to treat acne, or genetics. While it is not possible to predict who will get acne scars (or when), there are preventative measures you can take to lower your chances of getting them.
How Long Do They Take to Go Away?
For most people, acne scars go away on their own over time. As your skin grows and heals, discoloration fades for many people. Some may see improvements in a few months, while others may take longer to see their scars fully fade. However, indentation scarring may last longer on your skin, as it is a deeper form of scarring than discoloration and may be more stubborn to resolve.
Is There Anything I Can Do About Them?
If you’re looking for post-scarring treatments to help them fade, there are a few options you can choose. Many people look to laser treatments to start the scar healing process or choose dermabrasion treatments to remove the appearance of acne scars. Both of these processes can be harsh on your skin and leave it feeling sensitive for weeks to months afterwards. Only gravitate towards these types of options if you truly feel your scars are disrupting your everyday life.
The best way to treat acne scars? Stop them before they start. Taking fast action to treat breakouts and acne can help your skin heal before the irritation becomes severe enough to scar. Use the Acne Intelligence app to get accurate information about the right treatments for your skin.
Acne treatments look different for everyone, but knowing how to protect your skin to prevent stubborn acne scars can help set you on the path to healthy skin and a clear mind. Ready to get started with an acne-fighting routine that really works? Download the Acne Intelligence app for your free consultation and personalized regimen today.