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Most of us know what it’s like to have acne. Whether you had it as a teenager or as an adult, it doesn’t look or feel good to have unwanted bumps on your face. Although they’re little bumps on the face, they sure can wreak havoc on someone’s self-esteem.

Acne is caused by a variety of factors like genetics or diet choices. More aestheticians and doctors believe there is a connection between acne and diet now. The common culprits that are believed to trigger acne include: dairy, coffee, bread and sugar.

What causes acne scars?

When acne subsides or when you're free of it by changing your diet, applying skin products or getting acne treatments done, there still could be acne scars that are leftover to remind you of your skin ordeals. Of course, not everyone who has acne ends up with scars. We don’t know who is more likely to get acne scars just yet because the causes for acne and scarring can be different from one person to another. Those who tend to get acne scars usually find that genetics plays a role in terms of what type of scars they have and how severe the scarring is. This means a family member could have the same type of scars too.

Another group of people who are prone to acne scars are those who have inflammatory acne. Inflammatory acne is the red, painful and swollen acne that usually penetrates deep into the skin and causes damage. If your breakouts get this severe, make sure to take quick action to treat it because not doing anything at all to treat inflammatory acne increases the chances of acne scarring.

Acne scars also occur when someone squeezes or picks at their pimples. This habit doesn’t clear or help the acne at all; it makes acne worse as it inflames it and causes higher risks of scarring. When acne penetrates the skin deeply, it damages the skin and tissue beneath it. When this happens, white blood cells and different inflammatory molecules work together to fight off the infection and repair the damaged tissue. Once the infection has cleared up, sometimes the tissue doesn’t restore and acne scars can result.

How to treat acne scars

Acne scars don’t have to be lifetime reminders. It’s possible to reduce the look of scars or get rid of them altogether. Acne scar treatments involve a combination of techniques and technologies to give patients smoother and clearer skin. These treatments involve the use of fractional laser, fractional radiofrequency resurfacing technology, skin tightening devices and more.

A few steps happen during acne scar treatments. First, intense pulsed light is used to clear red or brown pigmentation at the base of acne scars. Then, a radiofrequency heating device is used to tighten the skin. An RF skin tightening device painlessly heats up the skin for 20 minutes to help produce new collagen. Patients can receive up to 6 treatments over the course of 6 weeks. Patients should expect to see up to 30-70% improvement in the appearance of their scars.

Leave us a comment or fill out a consultation form if you’d like to learn more on how you can treat your acne scars.

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