Treat Acne Before Scarring Can Occur
A wise saying is “prevention is the best medicine.” When it comes to acne treatments, this is especially true. Not only does acne prevention help to improve your appearance now, it also helps to prevent acne scarring later in life.
Acne treatment is a common reason our Yardley patients seek our dermatology services. Our goal is to help find the unique combination of treatments that helps a patient no only treat acne, but also prevent future breakouts and acne scarring.
Acne scarring has affected an estimated 10 million Americans, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Patients who delay treating their acne by three years or more are more likely to experience significant acne scarring.
Let’s take a look at how acne scarring occurs in the first place. Your face has multiple, sometimes hard to see, glands called sebaceous glands that are responsible for creating an oily substance called sebum. This is intended to keep the skin soft and supple, but can unfortunately combine with bacteria, dirt and oil to cause an eruption of the skin you know as an acne blemish.
Unfortunately, after an acne blemish goes away, it can leave its mark. The acne mark can cause inflammation that damages the collagen (elastic) fibers in the skin. Without these elastic fibers, the skin can slightly collapse in a particular area, causing an acne scar. These scars can take on a different appearance depending upon the person. Some are deep depressions that are commonly called pockmarks while others are small, line-looking areas known as ice pick scars.
As a person ages, the natural loss of collagen can make these acne scars more pronounced. This means the acne blemishes Yardley patients have today can haunt them even decades later.
Fortunately, there are strategies to keep this from occurring. While there are no miracle, overnight solutions, there are time-tested remedies that reduce acne bacteria, diminish sebum blockages and keep the skin as clean as possible. The sooner acne treatments begin, the sooner you can prevent acne scarring from occurring.
For more information on acne treatment, please call our Yardley dermatologists’ office at (215) 321-3500.