How to Prevent Acne Scarring (and What to Do if It Develops)

Acne scars not only can wreak havoc with your self-esteem, but they can also create a lasting memory of a difficult time. Adults often have to carry acne scars from adolescence, which can be embarrassing and frustrating. So, although it’s important to know how to prevent acne scarring, you should also know what to do if scarring has already occurred. 

Dr. James Volpe and the rest of our team at GLO Aesthetics in Philadelphia want you to feel comfortable in the skin you’re in. If you’re having trouble achieving this type of confidence due to acne scarring, let us help you learn how to prevent this issue in the future as well as how the Iconlaser treatment can help today.

Prevent acne scarring

It’s important that everyone knows how to prevent acne scars. According to one study, 90% of adolescents experience acne, putting them at risk for scarring — and a hit to their self-esteem. 

First, everyone tells you that when you have a pimple, blackhead, or scab, you must never pick at it. This is solid advice. Picking at these types of skin issues allows whatever infection has caused the problem to spread. Whether you have a scab or a pimple, your skin is trying to heal itself in the best, most natural way possible. When you pick at it, you’re impeding this process. Even worse, picking at your skin usually causes the issue to last longer and creates a higher chance of scarring.

Next, start treating the issue as soon as you notice it. Use over-the-counter or prescription treatment, depending on your doctor’s recommendation, to clean and treat the area of concern. You want to bring down inflammation as quickly as possible, as this is what ultimately causes scarring. You can do this with a sulfur-based spot treatment.

Finally, be aware if scarring is common for your skin. Make sure you also know the products, foods, and anything else that cause you to break out. Knowing your skin and its reactions makes it much easier to prevent acne and, in turn, scarring.

If scarring does occur…

It happens. People pick at their scabs and pimples, and scarring sometimes occurs even if you don’t. Fortunately, there are treatments available for reducing the appearance of acne scarring. At GLO Aesthetics, we swear by the Icon system, which uses fractional lasers that can break down the scarring by stimulating collagen production beneath the skin. When collagen production increases, the dent in the skin becomes filled, and the scar becomes much less noticeable.

The treatment is noninvasive and doesn’t affect any other areas of the skin, just those affected by the scarring. It’s a sophisticated tool that allows Dr. Volpe to provide you with an improved look and feel in areas once covered in scars.

Your treatment with the Icon system

The Icon laser can treat anyone, no matter your age, skin color, or skin type. Those who have shallower scars often obtain the best results from the treatment, although other options may be available if your scars are deeper. Also, if you have more severe or numerous scars, you might seek out a more comprehensive treatment such as skin resurfacing. Dr. Volpe can help you determine which treatment best suits your needs at your consultation.

Want to learn more about treatment for acne scarring?

Call our Philadelphia office and we’ll be happy to help you set up a consultation. You can also book your appointment online at your leisure. Contact us today, and start loving your skin again.

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