Acne is a common skin condition that most often affects people between adolescence and their early 30s. Severe acne can cause permanent skin damage that lasts long after breakouts have cleared. As we age, our skin loses its elasticity, and old scar tissue may become more prominent. Preventative actions reduce the chances of scarring, while specially formulated skincare products and dermatological treatments can significantly reduce the appearance of acne scars.


1. Causes of Acne Scars

When acne penetrates deeply into our pores, it causes damage to the affected skin and underlying tissue. The body produces collagen to support the healing process, but too much or too little can create raised scars or depressions. Inflamed blemishes like cysts are more likely to develop scar tissue. Genetics are also an underlying factor. People of African American, Hispanic, and Asian heritage are more prone to raised acne scars.

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