Acne Marks VS Acne Scars

"Why are there dark brown patches and deep skin indentations that remain even after the pimple supposedly had healed?"

This is the usual question and dilemma that people with acne marks and scars have. To eliminate these marks and scars, some look for skincare effective products, while others search for an acne scar treatment in the Philippines. We can totally relate to your struggle! But don't worry, we're about to give you clinically-proven tips to get rid of your scars and marks and prevent them for good. Read on!

Why do you get acne scars and marks?

The bacteria that cause acne,  Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes), live on everyone's skin. It is triggered to colonize the hair follicles and eventually cause pimples when the androgen hormone levels of a person are high. High levels of androgen also lead to higher sebum production, changes in skin cell activity, and inflammation which may result in cystic acne. Genetics also matters. If your parents had severe acne, you may also inherit the tendency to develop those. But why do you get acne scars or marks when your pimples have ceased already?

Acne dark marks are Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH) marks left by mild to moderate acne breakout that usually affects people with darker skin. Meanwhile, people with lighter skin develop Post-Inflammatory Erythema, which shows up as purple or red marks. Both may look like a scar but are actually discoloration. As per experts, these usually happen when one had a swelling pimple. 

Similar to acne marks, acne scars are also due to swelling pimples. But they happen when these swelling pimples are popped or picked unexpectedly. This act will let the blood and pus be drained out of the pimple but will result in tissue damage thus, the deep indentations or scarring.

How do you get rid of those marks and scars?

Acne marks go away on their own.  However, it usually stays there for about six months before it starts lightening up. Luckily, products that contain glycolic or salicylic acid helps exfoliate the skin and bring those dark skin cells to the surface. This allows the dark marks to lighten up faster. Inspect  the ingredients of your skin care must-haves and determine if they help in reducing acne marks. You can also ask your trusted dermatologist for product recommendations.

Scars take longer to heal. When the inflammation of pimples is severe, your skin will have a hard time regenerating these enzymes. The skin damage is tissue-deep and that is why your cells are not able to form the collagen and elastin the normal way. But don't be sad as there is an acne scar treatment available in the Philippines: Acne Scar Revision (ASR). ASR is a multi-step procedure that involves scar excision, dermal planning subcision, dermabrasion and laser resurfacing - proven to smoothen the skin and eliminate ice pick, boxcar, broad and rolling acne scars.

What are the ways to lessen your chances of marking or scarring?

To reduce developing acne marks and scars, get your acne under control from the start. Taking time to go to your trusted dermatologist in the Philippines to assess your skin and be prescribed with the best and safest products for your skin type is a wise move. Next, do not skip your daily skin care routine. Applying extra care to your skin goes a long way in curing and preventing marks and scars. But the most important step to prevent pimples, scars and marks is to be generally healthy, be mindful of what you eat and practice hygiene.  When your body systems function properly, it's easier to maintain your androgen hormone levels.

Acne scars and marks require different care to heal.  Consult your trusted dermatologist in the Philippines to get product recommendations and avail of an acne scar treatment today!

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