According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), acne is the most common skin disorder affecting Americans right now. The AAD estimates that 40 to 50 million Americans suffer from this condition at any given time, with nearly 85% of all Americans suffering from acne at one point in their lives. Of these, the AAD estimates that 40% will develop acne scars that could require treatments from a dermatologist.
If you have developed acne scars, our New York dermatologists can help. Contact JUVA Skin & Laser Center online to schedule your initial consultation – or call our Manhattan office at 888-610-3133 or Woodside office at 718-729-8512 to speak directly with one of our helpful and friendly team members.
What Causes Acne Scars?
Acne scars often occur secondary to the inflammation that results in the destruction of the normal collagen in the skin. These scars can last for a long time and may even become red and raised, meaning that your skin may be left scarred permanently.
In some cases, acne scars are the result of picking or popping blemishes. You can reduce your risks for some acne scars by refraining from picking at your face. You can further reduce risks by:
- Using a gentle cleanser to wash your face twice daily
- Seeking expert advice
- Using facemasks and peels
- Avoid overwashing
If scarring has already occurred, our NYC dermatologists can help you find the most effective ways to reduce or eliminate their appearance. We will review all of your options and help you choose the best one during your initial consultation at our Manhattan or Woodside location.
Types of Acne Scars
There are many different types of acne scars. Among the most common are:
- Rolling scars – a type of pitted acne scar, rolling scars may become more apparent with age as collagen diminishes and the skin loses its elasticity and fullness
- Boxcar scars – like rolling scars, boxcar scars are depressions in the skin. This type of acne scar has clearly defined edges and may appear at any stage of life
- Icepick scars – another type of pitted acne scar, icepick scars are narrow and often deep. They typically resemble a large, empty pore
- Keloid scars – raised acne scars that are firm and often appear rubbery are less common than depressed scars, but may result from severe acne, genetics, or secondary infection
- Hypo and hyperpigmentation – spotting or blotching of the skin may seem unrelated to acne, but pigmentation irregularities can be caused by blemishes both early and later in life
- Erythema – a condition marked by persistent redness, erythema occurs when capillaries near the skin’s surface become permanently damaged or enlarged
Each type of acne scar responds better to specific treatments. During your visit with our New York dermatologists, we will carefully assess your scarring and help you choose the option or combination of options that will produce the smooth and attractive skin you desire.
Treating Acne Scars
Acne scar treatments offered at our Manhattan and Woodside offices include:
These services are designed to correct a number of skin imperfections, including acne scars, pigmentation issues, dry and rough patches – even fine lines and deeper wrinkles. We welcome an opportunity to meet with you and assess your areas of concern, enabling us to guide you towards the safest and most effective solutions available. For examples of how each of these treatments work, please visit our Acne Scar Before-and-After Treatment page.
To schedule your acne scar consultation at our New York, NY or Woodside, NY location, please call 888-610-3133. Our experienced dermatologists will work directly with you to find the best solution for your needs and restore your skin to its most attractive and healthy state.