Our appearance, especially during childhood and adolescence, can significantly influence our confidence and self esteem. Acne can be painful physically and emotionally. The inflammation from this condition can create scars. In spite of the emergence of new treatment modalities, it is impossible to completely reverse scarring. A recent study found that while scars were more likely in those with severe acne, 69% of individuals with acne scars had mild or moderate acne. The risk factors that correlated with an increased likelihood of acne scars include acne severity, time between acne onset and first effective treatment, relapsing acne, and male gender. Acne is a condition that can last for many years and requires management to prevent scarring. The bottom line: to avoid acne scarring, see your dermatologist to institute early treatment for acne.
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