Acne scarring is, unfortunately, a very common condition for those that have suffered from severe and aggressive acne.
Scarring occurs when the infected material of a lesion spills onto the skin after a pimple breaks or is squeezed. The once healthy skin is compromised, and although the skin is able to repair itself, the scar tissue has a different appearance on the skin; this is what causes the visible acne scarring. The type of scarring caused by acne is known as ‘atrophic’ or ‘depressed’ scarring, which occurs when there is a loss of tissue.
Active acne can be treated so that the chance of scarring is reduced, which is why we always encourage our patients to come for acne treatment and prevent future scars.