Acne Scars Treatment singapore

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What are acne scars?

Acne scars are marks, patches, or indentations that are left on the skin after acne has healed. Scars appear on our skin after trauma as part of the healing process. They are a common result of severe acne that causes our skin tissue to become damaged, leading to scarring.

Acne scars are common on the face and back but can appear anywhere on the skin that acne has been present. 

There are a few different types of acne scars, these are:

  • Ice pick scars: narrow scars that extend deep into the skin. 
  • Boxcar scars: broad and shallow depressions on the skin with defined edges. 
  • Rolling scars: sloping and broad depressions on the skin.
  • Hypertrophic scars: raised and thick growths that are the result of excessive collagen production, contained within the site of acne. 
  • Keloid scars: thick and hard growths that form when scar tissue grows aggressively after an injury, and can spread beyond the borders of acne. 

What causes acne scars?

Acne scars are caused by skin tissue damage and inflammation of hair follicles and oil glands. This often happens due to severe acne such as pus-filled cysts, nodules, and pimples that cause inflammation, skin irritation, and damage. When the acne has healed, scars can appear. 

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Those who are prone to acne have a higher likelihood of developing acne scarring. 

Some factors that indirectly cause acne and scarring include:

  • Inflammation: inflammation caused by acne can damage the skin's tissues and lead to the formation of scars.
  • Genetics: a family history of acne and scarring makes some people more likely to develop acne scarring. This may be due to the differences in how some people heal after an injury as well as collagen production. 
  • Picking and squeezing acne: picking at acne instead of leaving it to heal on its own can exacerbate inflammation, leading to scars. 
  • Hormones: hormonal fluctuations and imbalances can cause acne breakouts that eventually lead to scarring. 

What are the symptoms of acne scars?

Symptoms of acne scars vary between individuals and depend on the severity of the acne. 

Some common ones include:

  • Skin discolouration
  • Depressed, pitted, or raised scars
  • Rough and uneven skin texture
  • Redness, swelling, and inflammation
  • Itching and pain
  • Saggy skin 
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Is acne scars painful?

Acne scars are usually not painful as they appear after acne has healed. Some types of scars may be more likely to cause pain than others, such as hypertrophic scars that are raised and may be swollen or itchy. Acne scars are usually a cosmetic and aesthetic concern as they commonly appear on the face.

Who is at risk of acne scars in Singapore?

Anyone can develop acne scars in Singapore, just like anywhere around the world. 

However, the following factors may increase your risk of acne scars:  

  • Lifestyle: a diet rich in carbohydrates and sugars, not getting enough sleep and exercise, not cleaning makeup products properly and/or not washing your face after wearing makeup can worsen acne. In turn, this causes a higher risk of acne scarring.
  • Age: up to 88% of adolescents are affected by acne and it is the most common skin condition for those in this age group. Therefore, they are at a higher risk of developing acne scars.
  • Medical history: medical, hormonal, and endocrine diseases can cause acne to develop, leading to scarring. 
  • Family history of acne: genetics can make you more prone to developing acne and scarring. 


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How is acne scars diagnosed?

Acne is typically diagnosed through a visual examination by a doctor or healthcare specialist, who will assess the type of scar and severity to determine the next course of action.

What are the treatment options for acne scars in Singapore?

The treatment for acne scars typically depends on the severity of the skin condition while taking your medical history into account. While acne scars are difficult to remove completely, they can be treated to significantly improve their appearance and make them less obvious. 

At Regen Clinic, our treatment options for acne scarring include:

Our doctor will discuss with you on the severity of your condition and your desired results, before deciding on the best treatment option for you.

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FAQS ABOUT acne scars

Frequently Asked Questions
01. Can acne scars go away on their own?
Mild acne scars may fade on their own over time but more severe scars require treatment as they can become permanent.
02. Can acne scars be prevented?
There are some ways to prevent acne scars, such as early treatment, avoiding picking at them, protecting the skin from sun damage, and aesthetic procedures.
03. How long does it take for acne scars to heal naturally?
Depending on the severity of acne scars, it can take several weeks to months to heal naturally.
04. What are some home remedies for acne scars?
Home remedies that may help improve the appearance of acne scars include applying lemon juice or aloe vera to the skin. However, these remedies can cause irritation and unwanted side effects.
05. Can my acne scars be removed completely?

While it may not be possible to completely remove all acne scars, there are many treatments available at Regen Clinic that can significantly improve their appearance. 


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