Acne scars can be prevented with proper education. Teenagers need to be informed of the growing concern for prevention.
Acne is out there. Let’s face it, teenagers and people of any age encounter acne at some point in their lifetime. It is not the most exciting experience but can be prevented. A “scar is a collection of new connective tissue. In the skin, scar implies damage to both epidermal and dermal layers. If there is more deposition of connective tissue(collagen), the scar is known as a hypertrophic scar. These scars are initially red, raised, firm, and, at times, itchy and painful. If the skin heals with the least amount of collagen, this is known as an atrophic scar. Atrophic scars are shiny and papery thin to the touch,” according to the Best Treatment for Acne forum.
Scars are an unfortunate back-lash to acne. It is different for everyone due to genetics and a plethora of other influences on the skin. Some people are generally more prone to acne scars. Those with oily skin are likely to attract dirt within their pores, thereby causing a build-up of both black and whiteheads. Genetics plays a key role in the development of acne. If it runs in the family, it is most likely passed down from generation to generation.
To prevent acne scars, educate yourself on proven prevention methods. Prevent acne before it has time to penetrate your skin. That is, contact your doctor or healthcare provider to begin a skin treatment plan. In the meantime, drink plenty of water and do not irritate preexisting acne by poking and prodding at your skin. This is the number one way acne continues to spread throughout your skin. Another protective measure to take is to steam and open your pores. By doing this, you prevent dirt from staying trapped underneath your skin. A common type of acne occurs beneath the skin and continues to damage the skin. Do not let it get to this point. Keeping your pores open will prevent acne from digging deeper into the skin. You do not, however, want to puncture your skin by simply opening blackheads and whiteheads. Instead, keep your face clean with a daily cleanser and moisturizer. While picking a modern moisturizer, avoid moisturizers that are thick in substance. You do not want to further clog your pores, so try an oil-based moisturizer or a light water-based moisturizer to begin. From there, your skin will become used to the changing pH levels, thereby allowing you to experiment with a variety of moisturizers.
Remember to combine any skin treatment plan with a well-balanced diet and at least eight ounces of water per day.
Acne can be prevented. Simply informing yourself of the dangers of acne scars may prevent damage in the future.