Up to 55%% – or 1 in 2 teens – get scarring on the face due to acne. Some people are more likely to develop scars after acne. Acne scarring is preventable in most cases (see Top 2 Tips below).
Who is at risk for acne scars?
Generally, the more intense the inflammation (redness, pus, pain), the greater the injury to the skin and risk for scarring.
5 important facts about acne and scarring:
- The longer acne goes on, the higher the risk of scarring.
- A family history of severe acne and scarring increases the risk.
- Experts cannot tell who will develop acne scars and who will not. Scarring involves the skin’s wound healing abilities which differ from person to person and are inherited.
- Even mild acne can cause scars.
- 95% of acne patients have some degree of scarring.
Top 2 Tips – acne scars
- Acne scarring is preventable in most cases. Don’t delay getting treatment for moderate to severe inflammatory acne (see image). This is much more likely to result in scarring.
- Don’t squeeze or pick acne spots. This increases inflammation and injury to the skin, raising the risk of scarring and skin discolouration after healing.