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Acne Scars

Patient suffering from acne scars

What are acne scars?

Acne scars are a common result of inflammation in Singapore caused by clogged pores in the skin due to excessive oil buildup. They can look like shallow depressions or deeper lesions.

What are the common causes acne scars in Singapore?

Acne scars develop when tissue is lost or damaged (due to symptoms of acne such as pimples and cysts) and your skin attempts to repair itself. As it creates collagen to heal the wound, scars can form. While sometimes the scars created are shallow and disappear quickly, the fluid from bigger blemishes can enter the surrounding tissue and lead to deeper scars. 

If the skin produces too little collagen, acne scars in the form of depressions or pits occur as the skin heals. Raised acne scars occur when the skin produces too much collagen during the healing process. 

However, not everyone who has acne will develop scars. It can be more severe for some individuals.

What are the common types and symptoms of acne scars in Singapore?

The most common types and symptoms of acne scars are: 

  • Atrophic or depressed scars

Flat and shallow depressions that heal beneath the top layer of your skin.

  • Ice pick scars

Small and narrow indentations that point into the skin’s surface, typically present on the cheeks. 

  • Rolling scars

Sloping scars of varying depth that trigger an uneven and wavy skin appearance. 

  • Boxcar scars

Broad depressions that look like boxes with sharp and defined edges.

  • Hypertrophic and keloid scars

Raised lumps that form after the acne has healed due to scar tissue buildup. Hypertrophic scars are the same size as the acne that was previously on the skin, while keloid scars are bigger than the acne and can grow beyond the original spot. 

  • Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation

Dark or discoloured patches on the skin that occur due to squeezing or picking acne. It is also more prevalent in those with darker skin tone.

Are acne scars painful?

Most acne scars are not painful as they occur after the acne has healed, but may cause some discomfort during the healing process. Some types such as hypertrophic and keloid scars can be itchy or painful. 

Acne scars can also negatively affect self-esteem if they are severe and occur often on the face. However acne scars are often not permanent and can be removed through treatments.

How are acne scars diagnosed?

Acne scars are diagnosed through a visual examination by your dermatologist, who can also  determine how severe your acne scars are.

What are the risk factors for acne scars?

If you are prone to acne, then there is a higher risk of developing acne scars. While any type of acne can cause scarring, it’s more common with severe acne such as cysts and nodules as they are usually filled with more pus.

What are the treatment options available for acne scars in Singapore?

There are effective treatments available for acne scars in all stages:

Facials and light therapy treatments

Going for targeted facials and light therapy treatments can prevent acne and reduce scars and blemishes. Some treatments that we offer include: 

This treatment utilises dual, high-frequency ultrasound technology that delivers a micro-massage to the skin to improve the skin’s pH balance. It also promotes blood circulation, metabolism, and collagen cross-linking, while preventing the destruction of connective skin tissue. 

This facial based on cryotherapy exposes the face to cool air, promoting firmer skin and constricting blood vessels. Cryo facials help to restore your skin to a healthier and more youthful condition while treating acne scarring. It also calms down your skin to reduce inflammation and redness caused by acne. 

ACSE Exosome Skin Therapy uses a naturally regenerative process to heal your skin. This scientifically-proven treatment allows your cells to absorb the new exosomes to dramatically heal from aging and inflammation to prevent scarring caused by acne.

Medical treatments

Some medical treatments that reduce scarring include:

  • Chemical peels
  • Dermal fillers
  • Injections of corticosteroids
  • Microneedling

Natural remedies

Some natural remedies can be used at home to treat mild to moderate acne scars. These include black seed oil, aloe vera, honey, and rosehip oil. 

Over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications 

Your dermatologist may prescribe certain medications to treat acne scarring or you can buy them over the counter. The common ones are:

  • Salicylic acid
  • Topical retinoids 
  • Lactic acid
  • Alpha hydroxy acids

Frequently Asked Questions

Do acne scars go away on their own?

Some acne scarring doesn't completely go away and requires medical intervention to fully remove. Plus, depressed scars usually become more noticeable with age as skin loses collagen.

How long does it take for acne scars to fade?

It can take approximately three to six months for acne scars to fade, but they often do not disappear completely.

How do I reduce acne scars at home?

Home remedies such as black seed oil and aloe vera may be effective in treating mild acne scars at home.

How do I prevent acne scars?

Avoid picking or squeezing acne as it can lead to scarring and inflammation. A good skincare routine, facials, and other treatments (such as chemical peels) can all help to prevent acne scarring. 

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