Patients with severe nodular acne, which is inadequately treated, may develop acne scarring. Our Consultant Dermatologist will assess your skins condition before making detaled recommendations. Scars result from severe acne lesions penetrating deep into the dermis causing intense inflammation and subsequent damage to collagen fibres. This causes scarring in the overlying skin. Two main types of scarring may occur:
Depressed scars also known as “ice pick” scars, which are lower than the surrounding skin surface
Keloidal scars are raised above the skin surface and usually have a pinkish hue.
Treatments for acne scarring include the following options:
Prevention: Adolescents suffering from severe acne should seek medical attention in an effort to prevent scarring of the affected areas. Early intervention certainly lessens the severity and duration of acne therefore minimising the extent of skin scarring.
Topical Treatments: Prescription retinoid therapy acts by stimulating production of collagen and improving skin texture. The skin is rejuvenated and has an overall smoother appearance. Patient compliance is necessary along with the practice of a personalised daily skin care regime.
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