Are Acne Scars Permanent?

Are Acne Scars Permanent?

Clearing up your complexion is a long process, and anyone who has experienced acne knows that it takes more than a simple skincare routine. While medication, cleansers, and moisturizers can help alleviate acne, only time and treatment can fade away acne scars. 

The Vitality Institute of Agoura in Agoura Hills, California, delivers the latest in acne scar treatments to reduce the appearance of acne scars and give you smoother, younger-looking skin. 

An overview of acne scars  

While some scars are permanent, acne scars and other small blemishes aren’t impossible to reduce and fade away. There are several types of acne scars, but they can be split into three categories: atrophic, hypertrophic, and keloid. 

Atrophic scars are flat or shallow, and include: 

Hypertrophic and keloid scars are typically more noticeable; they cause extra tissue to build up where the acne once was. Hypertrophic scars are the same size as the original sore, while keloid scars add tissue until the blemish is even larger. Acne can also cause hyperpigmentation, or patches of darkened or red skin. 

Weight loss or weight gain, sun exposure, and coexisting skin conditions like rosacea can also compound problems with acne scars and make them more visible. Fortunately, there are many ways we can address acne scarring and keep them from being a permanent part of your look.

What you can do to reduce acne scars

Before you seek help for acne scars, you have to get your acne under control. Some treatments can make acne worse, and you shouldn’t spend money on alleviating scars until you’ve taken measures to prevent new ones. 

At the Vitality Institute of Agoura, we offer multiple solutions for acne scars, including: 

These treatments work by encouraging the production of collagen and elastin, which fill in depressions caused by acne scars and reduce hyperpigmentation. The fractional CO2 laser is especially effective at treating all kinds of acne scarring, including ice pick, boxcar, and even keloid scars. 

It’s important to remember that deeper wounds take longer to heal, and the same goes for scars. While skin treatments can help you fade away surface scars and alleviate deeper ones, there’s always a chance that faint reminders of scarring might remain permanent. 

Finally got your acne under control? Now you can begin treating what it left behind. To learn more about your options, schedule a consultation with the team at Agoura. To get in touch, call 818-208-3803, or book an appointment online

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