Acne is a difficult skin condition to grapple with that can be made more difficult when it causes acne scars. These scars have the potential to form anywhere that acne does, and can be tough to get rid of without dermatological intervention. Fortunately, River Region Dermatology offers patients a convenient, minimally-invasive answer to these frustrating skin features — chemical peels.
Located in Montgomery, Alabama, River Region Dermatology is dedicated to providing our clients with medically formulated skin care solutions that work. If you’d like more information about our practice or any of the services we offer, contact us today!
How do Acne Scars Form?
Typically, acne scars form when a papule, pustule, or cyst becomes inflamed. These lesions when a pore of the skin becomes clogged with excess oil, dead skin cells, or harmful bacteria. This debris causes the pore to swell, rupturing the healthy skin around it.
Once this rupture occurs, the healing process begins. While many lesions heal quickly and completely, others can have complications. As a lesion heals, the body can produce too much collagen, creating a raised mass of tissue on the surface of the skin. In other instances, depressed scars form when there is an overall loss of tissue. In general, the greater a cyst is inflamed, the greater the likelihood that it will leave a scar.
What can I do to Prevent Acne Scars?
The best way to prevent the formation of acne scars is to reduce the inflammatory breakouts that cause them. By treating acne as soon as it develops, patients lessen the chance of undergoing the severe, extended breakouts that can damage the inner tissue of the skin.
In addition to seeking out acne treatments, avoiding squeezing and popping any lesions that do form can help decrease your risk. Popping a pimple can force the dead skin cells, bacteria, and debris that caused this pimple deeper into the skin, increasing the chance of dermal tissue damage.
How can I Treat Pre-Existing Acne Scars?
Despite taking careful precautions, many patients still development acne scars. In these cases, we recommend that patients undergo a minimally invasive chemical peel. This simple treatment can dramatically improve the appearance of most acne scars without significant discomfort or downtime.
Before undergoing a chemical peel, patients must first schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Porcia Love. During this appointment, Dr. Love will carefully examine each patient’s acne scars in order to decide if a chemical peel is right for them.
If you’d like more information about acne scars and the chemical peels that can help improve their appearance, don’t hesitate — contact River Region Dermatology today to schedule a consultation appointment.