Acne scars can be frustrating and persistent for many people. Understanding acne scar risk can help people prevent and cure scarring.
These factors may enhance acne scar risk:
Scarring is more likely in people with inflammatory acne, which causes swollen, red, and painful pimples. Acne cysts and nodules penetrate the skin in inflammatory acne. Severe and deep inflammation in these lesions can harm the skin and increase scarring.
Untreated or improperly treated inflammatory acne increases scarring risk. Acne treatment reduces inflammation, infection spread, and tissue damage.
Acne picking, squeezing, or popping. This typical mistake can worsen inflammation and scarring. These behaviors may increase bacteria, slow healing, and worsen scarring.
Genetics and family history also affect acne scar predisposition. If a parent or sibling has acne scars, the family may have more scarring. Scarring is affected by genetics, which affect skin type, inflammation, and healing.