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The What, Why and How of Acne Scars

So…exactly what are acne scars?  Acne scarring is the direct result of deep trauma to the skin related to acne. Other factors, such as picking at your blemishes, can traumatize even small acne lesions and result in scarring.  Acne scars manifest as areas of pitted or raised skin and can occur on the face or body.

Why does scaring occur?  Acne scars result from the body’s natural attempt to heal itself. Skin pores that become clogged with dead skin cells slowly fill with excess oil and can allow bacteria to grow. These pores and/or follicles can become engorged resulting in acne lesions (such as whiteheads or blackheads). When these lesions rupture often because you “pop a zit”, it causes the skin to be irritated and the acne can worsen.   There are several causes of acne scarring… one being genetic – some are more prone to scarring than others.  Other causes are not getting proper treatment for your acne and the last being something we discussed above… picking at your face – it’s one of the most common causes of acne scarring so… hands off!

Now, we know the “What” and the “Why,” so how can you treat acne scars you ask?  There are a variety of ways to treat acne scarring including chemical peels and laser resurfacing but one of the best ways to get rid of acne scarring is dermal fillers.  They are an excellent way to replace volume loss caused by acne scarring and they work by lifting the depressed area of the scars.  Most dermal fillers are temporary, lasting a few months; however Bellafill fades these scars by adding volume to them, bringing them to the level of the surrounding skin and keeping them there through 1 year.

What’s even better is that Bellafill is the first and only injectable filler that’s FDA approved to treat acne scars!

And if you’ve made it this far into the blog, chances are you’re interested in dermal fillers. If that’s the case, click here to find a physician near you and request a consultation for a Bellafill treatment!

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