Acne scarring is a widespread problem among adults. While acne is often thought of as a teenage problem, the fact is that acne scarring can last throughout adulthood and be a source of embarrassment and social anxiety. Also, acne is not limited to only the young. Adults and even seniors often suffer from acne and the resulting scarring.
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What Causes Acne Scars?
Acne is the result of pimples, which are localized spots of skin inflammation. The skin becomes inflamed when bacteria, debris, dead skin cells, or skin oil clog the pores of the skin. Clogged pores become breeding grounds for bacterial. The bacterial infection then leads to raised red bumps, blackheads, whiteheads, pus, and other skin problems.
While there are many specific types of acne, cystic acne is the most severe form. Cystic acne forms deep in the skin layers. It often leaves behind scars in the form of skin pits. These pits are also called pockmarks and cannot be erased with skin creams or scrubs. Cosmetic coverings like makeup also do not fully hide pockmarks and may actually contribute to further acne problems.
Even non-cystic acne can result in scarring that lasts throughout life. Acne outbreaks that are severe or frequent may damage the skin to the point that scars form.
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How to Treat Acne Scars
Deep acne scarring can sometimes be reduced with chemical peels. Although cosmetic surgery may be another option, some patients instead opt for laser resurfacing treatments. Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are an additional choice that does not require surgery and is generally considered much less uncomfortable than chemical peels or lasers.
Dermal fillers sometimes have a reputation for being limited to the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles. In actuality, there are formulations of pure hyaluronic acid fillers that are intended to lessen significantly the appearance of acne scars and provide the skin with a smooth look and feel. For example, AMALIAN III Expert Volume dermal filler is especially suited for dealing with acne scars and pockmarks. This product provides hydration as well as volume to restore the face and eliminate the appearance of acne scars for a year or longer.