What Is Body Acne?
Body Acne is not dissimilar to Acne that can be found on the face, and causes can often be attributed to the fame factors. Factors like hormones, puberty and diet being the most common.
Body Acne Where?
Acne scars on the body can usually be found where glands are most common like face, chest, back and the upper arm areas. Oil glands are all over your body, but those are the places where there are the most. The best way to treat acne depends on how severe it is.
Body Acne When?
Body Acne is most common in teenagers, during puberty when there are hormone fluctuations and pregnancy or menstrual cycle.
Body Acne Why?
Increase in hormone levels produces excess oil and dead skin cells which obstructs the pore and there is a bacterial buildup that causes inflammation. The stress you’re under, genetics and diet are also contributing factors.
What Causes Acne Scars?
If you have had inflammatory acne, cysts, or nodules, your acne might have penetrated deep into your skin, damaging it. The longer you have inflammatory acne, the scarring is more likely. Never pick, squeeze, or pop acne! This also increases inflammation. If people in your family have developed acne scars, you are more likely to also have them. The best way to guard against acne scars is to treat your acne before it becomes severe. If you have been treating your acne with isotretinoin (Accutane, for instance), under a doctor’s care, you must finish that treatment before trying to reduce your acne scarring.
Your Body Heals Itself
When your skin and the tissue beneath it are damaged by acne, your body works to repair the damage. In a healing response, your body produces collagen. The right amount of collagen restores your smooth skin; too little, you get a depressed scar or pitting, and too much, you get a raised scar.
Treating Acne Scars
If your scarring is widespread and not too deep, you can consider resurfacing your skin by removing layers of skin and allowing your body to produce new skin cells. These treatments include laser skin resurfacing, chemical peeling, and microdermabrasion.
Dermal fillers can safely and effectively plump up depressed acne scars. The doctor can fill the scars from below with collagen, contained in many dermal fillers, or your fat. This treatment is best for a few depressed scars.
Skin tightening works well for all skin colors and can use radiofrequency technology. The tightening skin makes the scars less noticeable. This treatment requires repeat appointments and involves some at-home care, which your aesthetician will detail for you.
Collagen-induction, or a way of encouraging your body to make more collagen, is another name for microneedling. A device studded with tiny needles pierces your skin, inducing the healing response to create more collagen. This treatment also can be used for all skin colors with widespread depressed scars, but not for raised scars. You will see gradual changes over 9 months or so, and might require 3 to 6 treatments.
Treating Raised Acne Scars
Raised acne scars are more difficult to treat. Treatments include injections, surgery and injections, surgery and radiation, laser or IPL therapy, cryosurgery, and creams and gels.
Most treatments can reduce the size and visibility of acne scars, and with time they fade and become less noticeable. As with many conditions, the best treatment is preventing the scars from forming in the first place.
If you have acne scars that you would like to treat, call 281-298-5476 and come in for a free consultation with Dr. Nangrani and our Spa Director. Together, you will discuss your expectations and design your treatment plan.
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