Acne Scar Symptoms and Causes

Acne scars causes

Acne scars are part of the skin's natural healing process after the active acne lesion resolves.

Incidence: Very Common
○ More than 3 million US cases per year
○ Treatable by a medical professional
○ Requires a medical diagnosis
○ Lab tests or imaging not required

Some people seem more prone to scarring than others and the reason is likely genetic. However, picking at or squeezing acne pimples causes more inflammation and more scarring than if the lesions were left alone.

Actively treating acne and reducing the amount of inflammation most likely reduces the risk of scarring. Many small acne scars can become nearly invisible given enough time to heal, but for scars that are large, thick, indented or raised, scar treatment is available to reduce their appearance.

Cause of acne scars: Acne is typically the result of inflamed blemishes caused by skin pores engorged with excess oil, dead skin cells and bacteria. The pore swells, causing a break in the follicle wall. Shallow lesions are usually minor and heal quickly.

What do acne scars look like?

Acne Scars are usually self-diagnosable: Acne scars can be upsetting for many people as they can be disfiguring and aesthetically unpleasant. This often leads to self-consciousness and decreased self esteem with a resultant decreased quality of life.

Acne scar symptoms
Acne scar prevention
Acne scar removal

Treating Acne Scars:

Self-care for acne scars: We currently do not recommend any self-care treatments for acne scars.

Our Fraxel Clinical Acne Scar Treatment:

Dermatology Associates of Seattle is a certified medical provider of Fraxel, which is the original fractional laser treatment that works below the skin’s surface from the top down, addressing imperfections like fine lines, visible photoaging, wrinkles, scarring and age spots. Fraxel light energy stimulates your skin’s natural collagen, rejuvenating skin cells below the surface to help smooth the creases and pockets that cause wrinkles and scars. Fraxel treats targeted problem areas – so results are both focused and effective. [ Learn More }

Our Infini Clinical Acne Scar Treatment:

A combination of microneedling and radiofrequency. One of the newest treatments for acne scarring, it may be even more effective than laser for most people.
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Your Acne Scars do not have to be permanent.

Set a consultation today by calling (206) 267-2100 and our specialists will skillfully administer the treatment or combination of treatments to reduce the impression of your undesired acne scars.