When the skin heals, it may develop into a scar or blemish. These may become hypopigmented (lighter than normal skin) or hyperpigmented (darker than normal skin), flat, raised or indented. Some scars or blemishes resulting from skin conditions, such as acne, may also cause pitted skin.
Approximately 80% of people between 13-30 are affected by Acne. However, acne can have a much more lasting affect throughout a person's life time. Some people recover from acne without any permanent effects, but many people are left with mild or even severe acne scaring.
Scars are formed when spots that appear as a result of Acne are picked and squeezed. This then forms scabs. Scabs help to protect the healing process underneath and removing a scab off before it is ready interferes with the healing process.
Unprotected exposure to the sun can also cause more skin damage and will delay the healing process further. Which is another reason why wearing a good sunscreen is important.
These are narrow scars (less than 2mm) and extend into the deep dermis or subcutaneous layer. These reason they are called Ice-pick Scars is because they appear as if the skin has been punctured with an ice-pick.
Unlike Ice-pick scars, Boxcar scars are round to oval depressions that have sharp vertical edges (0.1-0.5 mm in depth) and they do not taper to a point at the base.
Rolling scars gives skin the appearance of rolling or undulating and occur as a result of tethering of otherwise normal-appearing skin to the subcutaneous tissue below.
There are a number of different options available for the treatment of scars and blemishes. These can include special creams, Restylane and Dermaroller.
As all treatments are administered by Private General Practitioners, as part of your treatment you will also have the opportunity to discuss any conditions relating to your treatment that may still be affecting you. We can offer medical advice on the improvement of skin conditions to prevent the re-occurrence of spots and/or acne or we may be able to provide you with a private prescription if indicated.
Please contact us for more information or to book an appointment at any one of our occupational health clinics.
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