Often leftover from youth – whether genetic or from picking or squeezing the affected area – acne can leave scars or hyperpigmentation due to inflammation.
Here’s how it happens:
During acne’s healing process, the body produces collagen. If the body produces too little or too much collagen, the skin will scar with depressions or pits or with raised acne scars. Severe acne, especially cystic acne, is likely to leave permanent scarring as it heals.
Healthline classifies the different types in the following categories:
- Atrophic scars: Flat, shallow depressions commonly caused by severe cystic acne.
- Hypertrophic and keloid scars: Raised lumps of scar tissue common on the jawline, chest, back, and shoulders.
- Hyperpigmentation: Discolored skin patches damaged by severe acne, or if it has been picked or squeezed.
Home remedies for scarring include topical Bio-Oil to reduce the appearance of raised scars; massage to weaken scar tissue and reduce the height of scars; and silicone sheeting, such as ScarAway, which can soften raised scars.
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