Acne scars are a common concern that affects people of all ages. Acne scars can develop during puberty or at any time during adulthood, including during pregnancy. While at-home treatments can help you get a handle on your acne, they will usually not do much to treat acne scars. Fortunately, you have effective treatment options that can make a significant difference.
What Causes Acne Scars?
Acne scars form when your body’s healing process replaces acne-damaged skin with scar tissue. This can leave an indentation or atrophic scar, or it can leave a raised or hypertrophic scar. Atrophic scars are the most common type to occur on the face. Squeezing or otherwise disturbing blemishes introduces bacteria and increases the risk of scarring. Severe cystic acne can leave scars even without interference. In addition to scars, acne can leave areas of brown pigmentation or redness.