Dr. Larry Jaeger is a well known and respected board certified dermatologist and dermatological surgeon who is the medical director of Advanced Dermatology Associates of New York, PC. Dr Larry Jaeger specializes in all aspect of medical, cosmetic and surgical dermatology. In his private practice in Manhattan at 200 Central Park South – Suite 107, Dr. Larry Jaeger and his team of medical professionals have been treating the dermatological needs of patients in New York City for over twenty-five years. As a leading dermatologist; Dr, Jaeger has established Advanced Dermatology as one of the leading skin care clinic with his New York as well as the four additional Bronx based skin facilities.
What Causes Acne Scars?
When acne breakouts penetrate the skin deeply, they damage the skin and the tissue beneath it. As the acne clears, the body tries to repair this damage.
During the healing process, the body produces collagen — a substance that gives the skin support. If the body produces too little or too much collagen, you will see a scar.
The type of scar depends on how much collagen your body makes.
- Depressed acne scars: If the body produces too little collagen, depressions or pits form as the skin heals.
- Raised acne scars: Sometimes the body produces too much collagen as it tries to heal the skin and underlying tissue. When this happens, a person develops a raised acne scar. This type of acne scar is more common in people who have skin of color like African Americans, Hispanics, and Asians.
Even when we do our best to prevent acne scars, some people scar. There are many treatment options, which can significantly diminish depressed and raised acne scars.
Preventing Acne Scars
Proper skin care can minimize acne and help prevent scarring. The Womenshealth.gov website offers these suggestions:
- Wash skin carefully twice per day, and after heavy sweating.
- Wash your face with a gentle cleanser, from the hairline to below the jaw-line. Rinse thoroughly and avoid harsh scrubbing.
- Wash your hair daily, and more frequently if your hair is oily.
- Never pick or squeeze acne blemishes, which can lead to scarring.
- Take care to prevent sunburn. Some acne medications can make your skin more vulnerable to sunburn.
- Look for more acne-friendly (non-comedogenic or non-acnegenic) skin and hair care products.
- Avoid sports equipment, backpacks and other items that rub against skin.