Acne scars form when a breakout deeply penetrates the skin and permanently damages the collagen. They typically create a depression in the skin called an atrophic scar, but can also create dark spots or raised scars. Fortunately, there are steps you can take at home and with your skin surgeon to prevent scarring.
3 Ways to Avoid Acne Scars
1. Manage the Acne
The best way to prevent acne scarring is to prevent the acne itself. If you’re prone to breakouts, consider seeing a dermatologist. Everyone’s skin is unique, so a professional will analyze your skin type and prescribe a medication. This will target your skin’s needs to prevent the initial appearance of the pimple or reduce the blemish as quickly as possible.
2. Don’t Pick
When you have a pimple that looks ready to be popped, it’s very tempting to pick at it yourself. However, this causes trauma to the skin, which can exacerbate acne. While you may have the immediate gratification of a smaller pimple, you will create long-term damage.
See your skin surgeon for extraction. They use specialized tools to carefully clear out the pore without damaging the skin.
3. Get a Cortisone Injection
Inflammation deep under the skin is what causes scarring, and a cortisone injection underneath the breakout will reduce that inflammation. This method is recommended for cystic acne, or large, red, and painful acne deep under the skin. The shot should significantly reduce the acne within two days. This minimizes the damage that would cause scarring.
If scarring does occur, you don’t need to live with it for the rest of your life. Lauren A. Daman M.D., P.C. in Hartford, CT, is a fully equipped skin surgeon with a team of dermatologists who will improve your skin’s appearance. They use state-of-the-art technology such as phototherapy and laser surgery for scar removal, and chemical face peels to target dark spots. Learn more on their website and call (860) 246-3533 to schedule an appointment.