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It feels great to see your acne go away. But without proper treatment, unwelcome reminders of your pimples and blackheads may linger in the form of acne scars. A scar is your body’s response to healing a wound, surgical incision or injury to the skin. When you have a skin injury (such as severe acne), skin cells combine with connective tissue cells and multiply to repair the damage. When the injury does not heal properly, the result is a scar – either a dark mark or patch of skin that grows over a wound and is usually thicker or a different color than the rest of your skin. While it might seem odd, acne is technically an injury because when a pimple becomes inflamed, it damages the surrounding skin. Squeezing or picking at a pimple can also cause damage to the skin and increase the chance of a scar.
Trying to get rid of post-acne scars? The best post-acne scar treatment depends on which type of post-acne scar you have.
Over time, minor acne scars will usually blend into the skin and become less noticeable. Also, some dark spots and marks that you may think are scars are actually post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH).
The best way to get rid of acne scars is to avoid them in the first place through prevention and by properly treating your acne-prone skin. We recommend a Proactiv® acne treatment system. If acne scars occur in spite of your best efforts, see a dermatologist to find the best acne scar treatment for you.
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