A Guide to Acne Scars at Any Age
Acne is incredibly common, affecting an estimated 85 percent of people between 12 and 24 years of age. However, while it’s easy to assume that acne will clear up by the time you’re well out of adolescence, it can affect adults at any age too.
And the scars it leaves behind may become a persistent problem.
Fortunately, modern techniques can treat acne scarring effectively. Certain technologies have the power to reduce its visibility and cultivate clearer, smoother skin.
But what causes acne? What types of acne scarring affect adults? And what treatments are available?
What causes acne?
Acne occurs when pores or hair follicles become clogged with dead skin cells and oil (produced naturally by the body). The face, forehead, upper back, chest, and shoulders may all be affected.
Why these areas? Because these have the most sebaceous (oil) glands, which remove old skin cells and lubricate the skin.
This causes various types of breakout, depending on the type of blockage affecting the pores or follicles. These include:
One or more of the following can trigger acne in people at any age:
This is a common cause of acne in people going through puberty. A particular type of hormone, androgens, increases in males and females, which causes the sebaceous glands to grow bigger.
These produce more sebum (oil) — and too much can cause pores and follicles to become clogged. Adults may experience acne breakouts as their hormones fluctuate with age or certain physical changes, such as pregnancy.
It’s believed that certain foods can contribute to, and exacerbate, acne. These include those high in refined carbohydrates (such as bread and white rice), dairy products, and junk food.
Stress can make acne worse, though it’s not believed to be a cause.
Drugs which contain testosterone, corticosteroids, and lithium may all contribute to acne.
A family history of acne could lead to acne, particularly if both parents had it.
What causes acne scarring?
Acne leaves two types of traces in its wake: red or brown marks, and scars.
The former type of trace will usually improve and become less visible over time, with no need for treatment.
But acne scars are different. These are permanent changes to skin resulting from severe forms of the condition, in which acne cysts or nodules burst and destroy tissue. This remains unreplaced, even after healing, and leaves a clear indentation in the skin.
This is likely to become visible scarring that stays with the individual affected for the rest of their life.
Acne scars may also be caused by picking and squeezing pimples. It’s crucial that you keep your hands away from affected areas as much as you can: if you give in to the temptation to try to pop your spots, especially painful ones, you could leave your skin in worse condition for years to come.
People affected by acne scars may feel self-conscious, particularly in extreme cases. Make-up can help to conceal it as a temporary solution, though certain treatments are designed to reduce the visibility of acne scarring permanently.
What types of acne scars do I have?
There are multiple types of acne scarring:
Ice pick acne scars are small holes deep in the skin’s surface. As the name suggests, affected areas will look as if they have been pricked with a narrow-tipped instrument.
Boxcar scars have a shallow to medium depth, and tend to occur on the temples or cheeks. This type of acne scarring often responds well to treatment.
Rolling scars look like depressions or dips, so the skin appears uneven. This is the result of scar tissue forming beneath the surface.
A skincare specialist will be able to identify the type of scarring affecting you following a close examination.
What treatments are available for acne scars?
Astra Medicare’s team offers multiple treatments to minimize the visibility of acne scars:
Clear + Brilliant
Clear + Brilliant is an innovative laser treatment that rejuvenates the skin from the inside out. It forms microscopic treatment zones in the skin’s upper layers and replaces damaged cells with healthy ones. This leaves skin looking younger and healthier overall.
As Clear + Brilliant reduces the size of pores and balances pigmentation, it can improve the appearance of acne scarring on the face.
The Perfect Derma Peel
The Perfect Derma Peel is packed with such powerful ingredients as:
This is formulated to treat a number of skin disorders, including acne scars. The skin will be visibly smoother, refreshed, and healthier overall.
Results are typically noticeable after just one week, but this can vary from one patient to another.
Glutathione IV treatment
Glutathione is a natural antioxidant present in the human body, and it’s crucial for regulating the production of melanin (which gives skin its color).
Introducing extra glutathione to the bloodstream intravenously via Glutathione IV therapy can cause the skin to become brighter and healthier.
This may help to improve the appearance of areas affected by acne scarring and boost the general health of your skin.
How can I book a consultation for acne scar treatment?
Astra Medicare’s team is here to help treat your acne scars through one of our cutting-edge treatments. We’ll examine your skin thoroughly to determine the right option for you, based on the condition of your acne and/or scarring.
We’ll also recommend any other treatments we believe will benefit your skin and health overall. For example, Astramed Skincare products are designed to cultivate beautiful, clear skin with lasting results.
If you’re ready to start your journey to healthier skin, book your consultation with one of our experienced skincare experts in Brampton now!
Dedicated and passionate Astra Medicare staff.