Not all skin outbreaks caused by acne leave lasting scars.
Acne scars are the result of tissue damage, which happens when the infected acne lesions run deep beneath the skin surface.
Other factors such as age, heredity and ethnicity also determine the extent of the scarring from acne.
The bad news is that a scar can never be removed completely.
The good news is that there are ways to prevent or minimize the possibility of acne scars and, if scarring does happen, to reduce the size and appearance.
Below are five tips to prevent acne scars: 1.
Don't "pop" pimples.
Resist the urge to squeeze, pop or pick at pimples that breakout on your face.
This can push the infection deeper into the hair follicle, spread the inflammation and damage skin tissue.
It can also spread the infection to other areas of your face and worsen the breakout.
Sometimes it's better to just let the pimple heal on its own.
Inflamed lesions are more likely to cause scars as this indicates that the skin is under great stress or is already actually undergoing tissue damage.
Dark red skin that feels hot and painful almost always indicates an inflamed condition.
A pimple is an irritation - avoid inflicting further irritation on your skin by aggressive scrubbing or applying harsh ingredients that have not been medically tested.
Get treatment as soon as the acne develops.
Keeping your hands off the pimple or waiting for the blemish to heal doesn't mean just doing nothing.
Get treatment from a professional who can analyze the situation, give good advice and manage the treatment and outcome.
Find out if you are prone to scarring.
The likelihood or tendency to develop scars from wounds or lesions varies from person to person.
If you have lasting scars from childhood mishaps, or notice that your skin takes quite a while to heal even from minor scratches, irritations or insect bites then inform the dermatologist or skin care expert who is treating you for acne.
There are special medications that can actually prevent or minimize the possibility of extensive scarring.
Seek professional help for large, extensive breakouts, deep cysts or if you feel feverish and experience unexplained pain.
Deep cysts or nodules as well as gnawing pain often indicate that skin tissue is being destroyed.
This almost always means trauma and scars.
You may be developing severe acne, which requires professional medical treatment.
A thorough analysis of your symptoms and condition will improve your chances of recovery and prevention of scars.