Acne develops when a pore in the skin that usually serves as a passageway for the elimination of dead skin cells becomes clogged with oil or sebum and the dead skin cells. Bacteria from the surface of the skin enter the cell and an infection begins. When the infection is closed, it is called a whitehead. When it is open, it is called a blackhead. The other stages of acne are papule, pustule or cyst. When these advanced stages of acne rupture, the infection reaches the deeper layers of skin. This is how acne scars are formed.
Scars form when the body tries to heal the infection. In order to rebuild the damaged skin, collagen is used. Collagen is the protein that gives skin its elasticity and strength. Sometimes the body produces too much or too little collagen. If too much is produced, a raised scar appears, called a keloid scar. If too little is produced, the scar may look like a depression or pit called an atrophic scar.
When you talk to our specialist, you can express your concerns about your acne scars and then get a recommended treatment. For some cases, it takes more than one kind of treatment to achieve smooth skin again. However, it all depends on the unique situation.
It may be necessary to remove some of the damaged layers of skin so that the healthier skin appears. Very thin layers of skin may need to be gently removed one at a time until the desired depth is reached. This gives an even surface to the face.
During a consultation with our specialist at Dr. Yeoman’s Dermatology Office, you can ask questions about the different treatments that we may have available and learn about the possible outcomes. You may also ask about how to prevent acne scars. For example, acne scars are caused when the infection goes deeper into the skin. This is one of the main reasons why it is recommended not to pick or poke acne lesions because it may force the infection deeper rather than removing it.
Dr. Yeoman’s Dermatology Office has locations in Poplar Bluff and Paragould. Our team would be happy to address whatever questions or concerns you have about your acne and/or acne scars. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to learn more.