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What Causes Acne Scars and How to Get Rid of Them?

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Acne scars are a common problem for people who suffer from acne. While the scars may not be physically painful, they can be emotionally and mentally distressing. In this article, we'll discuss what causes acne scars and how to get rid of them. We'll also cover some prevention tips to help you keep your skin healthy and free of blemishes. So, read on to learn more! 

What causes acne scars?

Acne scars are primarily caused by the presence of inflammation in the cutaneous cavity. Inflamed spots are caused by excessive follicles – pores and dead skin cells. The pores swell and cause an injury to the hair. The lesion is usually mild on its surface and can be easily healed. Often severe lesions develop after tearing down the follicle walls. During the infection, the contamination spreads into dermal tissues, destroying healthy tissue. The new collagen (a cellulose protein that is the key ingredient for maintaining the elasticity and firmness of our face) fibers are formed to repair damage to the dermal layer.

Can you be prone to acne scarring?

Yes. There are some people who are more prone to acne scarring than others. If you have a family history of scars, you are more likely to develop them. People with darker skin tones are also at a higher risk for developing acne scars. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSwWLBLvfs8  

Types of acne scars

Acne scars can be classified into two main types: atrophic and hypertrophic.

Atrophic acne scars

Atrophic acne scars are the most common type of scarring. They occur when there is a loss of tissue, which leads to depression in the skin. These scars are usually caused by inflammation that destroys collagen fibers. There are three types of atrophic scars:

  • Ice pick scars: These are small, deep scars that look like holes in the skin.
  • Boxcar scars: These are large, open pores with sharp edges.
  • Rolling scars: These are broad depressions in the skin with gentle slopes.

Hypertrophic acne scars

Hypertrophic acne scars are less common than atrophic scars. They occur when there is an overgrowth of tissue, which leads to a raised, bumpy scar. These scars are usually caused by an excess of collagen production. There are two types of hypertrophic scars:

  • Keloid scars: These are large, raised scars that can extend beyond the area of the original injury.
  • Hypertrophic scars: These are smaller, raised scars that stay within the bounds of the original injury.

How to get rid of acne scars?

The truth is that you can not remove acne scars for good. Still, you should consider some acne scar treatments because that's what is going to help your skin heals and your acne scars fade.

Homemade remedies

There are a number of treatments available for acne scars, ranging from home remedies to surgery. Home remedies include using cocoa butter, aloe vera, honey, lemon juice, green tea, and baking soda. These ingredients help to moisturize the skin and reduce inflammation. If you have very mild scars, home remedies may be all that you need to treat them. However, if your scars are deeper or more severe, you may need to consult with a dermatologist to discuss other treatment options. You need ingredients that are going to help your skin regenerate new tissue and heal the scars that are already there. The ones listed above are some of the most effective ingredients for acne scar treatment.

Dermal fillers

Dermal fillers are one option for treating acne scars. This treatment involves injecting a substance (usually hyaluronic acid) into the scars to fill them in. This can help to reduce the appearance of scars and make them less noticeable. Dermal fillers are not a permanent solution, and you will need to repeat the treatment every few months to maintain the results.

Laser resurfacing

This method is also known as laser therapy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to treat acne scars. This therapy involves using a laser to remove the top layer of skin. This can help to smooth out the appearance of scars and make them less noticeable.

LED light therapy

LED light therapy is another popular treatment for acne scars. This therapy uses a device that emits LED light, which penetrates the skin and stimulates collagen production. This can help to reduce the appearance of scars and improve the overall health of your skin. The best color of LED light for the most effective treatment is red. Namely, red LED light has the ability to penetrate the skin deeply and stimulate collagen production. Also, it’s important to know that LED light therapy is a gentle treatment, and it’s suitable for all skin types. [caption id="attachment_12447" align="aligncenter" width="800"] UFO 2 is an out-of-this-world device that features full-spectrum LED lights. It will provide immediate deep hydration and increase moisture levels by 126%.[/caption] If you want to have LED light therapy in the comfort of your home, you can have it thanks to FOREO's UFO. Namely, this out-of-this-world device features full-spectrum LED lights. UFO is made to add maximum power to your power mask treatment. UFO treatments provide immediate deep hydration, increasing moisture levels by 126% and you can experience all of that in just 2 minutes.


Microneedling is a newer treatment for acne scars that shows promise. This treatment involves using a device with small needles to create tiny punctures in the skin. Important (actually, the most important!) thing you have to do before this treatment is to consult with your dermatologist.

How to prevent acne scars?

If you are just prone to acne scarring, then it would be hard to completely prevent it. Still, there are a lot of things that are going to help you with inflamed pimples, severe acne, and, after all, with the healing process.

Forget about popping pimples

Popping pimples is definitely not the best idea, and you should try to avoid it. Popping pimples can lead to inflammation and can make your acne worse. It can also cause scarring. If you do have a pimple that needs to be popped, it’s best to see a dermatologist or esthetician. They can safely pop the pimple without causing any damage to your skin.

Don’t pick at your skin

Picking at your skin is another bad habit that can lead to scarring. If you have acne, it’s important to resist the urge to pick at your pimples. This can cause inflammation and can make your acne worse. It’s also important to avoid picking at your skin if you have any other type of skin condition, such as eczema or psoriasis. Picking can make these conditions worse and can lead to scarring.

Use gentle skincare products

Using harsh skincare products can irritate your skin and make your acne worse. It’s important to use gentle, non-irritating products that are designed for sensitive skin. Products that contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide can be harsh on the skin and should be used sparingly. If you do use these products, it’s important to follow up with a gentle moisturizer to soothe your skin

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Exfoliate regularly

Exfoliating your skin can help to remove dead skin cells and can improve the overall health of your skin. It’s important to use a gentle exfoliator that is designed for sensitive skin. You should exfoliate your skin at least once a week. If you have sensitive skin, you may need to exfoliate less often. And, if you are a fan of organic exfoliants like coffee, oats, or yogurt then you can do it in a natural way.

Moisturize regularly

Keeping your skin hydrated is important for overall skin health. It can also help to reduce the appearance of scars. It’s important to use a moisturizer that is designed for sensitive skin. You should apply the moisturizer to your face and body after you shower or bathe.

Use sunscreen

Using sunscreen can help to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. It can also help to reduce the appearance of scars. It’s important to use a sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30. You should apply sunscreen to all exposed skin, including your face, neck, and hands. And speaking of sun and sunscreen, did you know that there is a connection between sun and FOREO's UFO 2? Check it out!

Go to the dermatologist's office

If you have severe acne, it’s important to see a dermatologist. A dermatologist can prescribe medication to help control your acne. They can also provide guidance on how to care for your skin and can recommend other treatments, such as chemical peels or laser therapy.

Be patient

If you are trying to treat acne scars, it’s important to be patient. Treatment can take several weeks or months to see results. In the meantime, try to avoid picking at your skin or using harsh skincare products. These can make your scars worse.

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Venus 25/10/2022

Very Informative Article and a great resource to earn such quality knowledge! Thanks for sharing this valuable information. I have been following some of them and still got many to get great knowledge.

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erika 26/10/2022

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ellisonwilliams 10/12/2022

Thank you for sharing such a knowledgeable blog that describes the Causes of Acne Scars and also shares tips to get rid of them.

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erika 11/12/2022

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Peter Heise 19/09/2023

This is a great topic! Many people are bothered about their acne; nice post!


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