Any mark left on the skin following the healing of an acne lesion is a result of the skin’s natural response to acne inflammation. They can come in different shapes and sizes, often giving the skin a dented or wavy texture. Acne scars can be found anywhere acne was present, most commonly on the face, chest, and back.
There are many types of acne scars, but they can be broadly categorized into the following:
Inflamed blemishes are caused by engorged skin pores filled with excess oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria. The pore swells, causing a break in the follicle wall. Shallow lesions are usually minor and heal quickly. If there’s a deep rupture in the follicle wall, the infected material can spill out into the dermis and destroy healthy skin tissue, leading to scars.
The risk of scarring increases if one:
A physical examination of the skin by a dermatologist analyses the size, shape, and appearance of the scars to determine their type and severity. Your specialist might also enquire about your medical history, previous acne condition, and any treatments you’ve undergone in the past.
Acne scars can be very stubborn, and various treatment options are available. The treatment(s) of choice depends on the patient’s status, along with the type and severity of scars.
Treatment options range from prescription topicals, dressings, chemical peels to more advanced procedures such as injectables, microneedling, dermabrasion, laser treatment, subcisions and other minor skin surgeries.
More often than not, your dermatologist may recommend more than one type of treatment (or combinations) in multiple sessions.
You can use your Integrated Shield Plans to pay for certain procedures. Speak to us to learn more, and you’ll be surprised at how affordable private healthcare can be.
We are dedicated to your skin health and well-being. Our results-oriented approach is suitable for a wide range of hair, skin and nail conditions. Consult our MOH-accredited dermatologist for a personalised treatment plan.
MBBS (S'pore) MRCP (UK) FAMS (Dermatology)
Dr. Lee Hwee Chyen is an accredited Adult & Paediatric dermatologist managing a wide range of skin, hair and nail conditions. The clinic provides services for medical, surgical, cosmetic, women’s and paediatric dermatology.
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Yes, managing acne breakouts promptly and effectively with your dermatologist’s treatment is the key to preventing acne scars. Avoid picking, popping, or squeezing pimples, as this can lead to scarring.
Acne scars can be permanent but can be treated or minimised with appropriate
No, not everyone who has acne develops scars. This is primarily dependent on the severity of the acne, the skin type, and how you manage your acne and pimples.
Yes, acne scar treatments may have potential side effects, which can include redness, swelling, or changes in skin colour. It is important to take your dermatologist’s advice and comply with self and post-procedural care.