Having acne is definitely a difficult situation to be in. For most of us, it can go so far as feeling uncomfortable and losing confidence. In fact, getting acne marks as a result of the breakout can sometimes make you feel even worse.
However, it’s important to understand that having such scars doesn’t mean it’s the end of it all. Thankfully, it can still be treated. So, how exactly do you get rid of acne marks? To find out, we asked Dr. Marisa Garshick, a leading board-certified dermatologist at Manhattan Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery and advisor of BioRepublic. Keep reading to see what she has to say about its causes, home remedies, and medical treatments.
How Are Acne Marks Caused?
According to Dr. Garshick, “When acne breakouts severely penetrate the skin, they can damage the skin and the tissue beneath it. As the acne clears, the body works to repair this damage. Minor abrasions to the outer layer of skin (epidermis) don’t tend to result in scarring because the body can more easily regenerate the skin’s original structure. But when the dermis (the layer beneath the epidermis) is deeply affected, the skin must produce new collagen fibers, resulting in new tissue that’s often different in pigmentation and texture than the original portion of skin.”
She warns, “Acne marks can be formed from picking at acne and related scabs. While popping pimples can indeed flush out the excess debris and cells, it can further irritate the dermis and affect the surrounding tissue. This can lead to more aggressive breakouts and, eventually, scarring.”
Dr. Garshick enumerates the three types of acne scars:
Atrophic scars – “These scars appear as small indentations in the skin. They occur when the skin does not make enough fibroblasts in the healing process. Fibroblasts are cells that play a crucial role in wound healing and the synthesis of collagen.”
Hypertrophic scars – “These occur when the skin makes too many fibroblasts as the acne spot…