Acne scar

Overview
Acne scar

Overview

Causes

Diagnosis

Treatment

Acne scarring is a common consequence of acne, a dermatological condition prevalent among young adults, often persisting for years. While acne primarily affects the face and upper back, it can manifest in areas rich in sebaceous glands. Scarring, a fibrous process involving the deposition of new collagen to heal full-thickness injuries like cutaneous inflammation in acne, leaves lasting marks on the skin.

Scar Management Tips

To aid scar healing and enhance appearance, consider the following steps:

• Massage the scar with water-based creams, such as aqueous or E45 cream, multiple times daily for up to 10 minutes per session (once the wound has fully healed).

• Shield the scar from the sun for at least a year by covering it with clothing or a dressing, and use sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher.

• Consult a pharmacist for recommendations on silicone dressings, gels, or creams suitable for scar massage.

Skin Camouflage and Professional Assistance

Skin camouflage products, including creams and powders, offer effective coverage for scars, making them less conspicuous. Your GP can facilitate access to these products through referrals or online self-referral. During your appointment, a skilled professional will match the products to your skin tone and provide guidance on their application, available through prescription or purchase.

Consultation with a GP

Seek medical advice if your scar causes discomfort or distress. Your GP can offer treatment recommendations or refer you to specialists for further assistance.

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