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Acne Scars

Scars are formed when the deep thick layer of skin is damaged. This can be caused by acne or damage to the skin and is the result of the natural healing process of the skin. The formation of scars occurs due to excess production of collagen, prolonged inflammation and excessive proliferation of fibroblasts.

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Scar tissue which replaces the original skin tissue is inferior in quality and not resistant to ultraviolet rays. Hair follicles and sweat glands do not grow back within scar tissue.

The main types of scarring are atrophic scars, hypertrophic scars and stretch marks.

Atrophic scarring is associated with acne, chickenpox, some diseases, surgery and accidents. An atrophic scar takes the form of a sunken recess in the skin, which has a pitted appearance. These are caused when underlying structures supporting the skin, such as fat or muscle, are lost. Hypertrophic scars are due to the over production of collagen that causes the scar to become a raised lump on the surface of the skin. Stretch marks are also a form of scarring which occur during events such as pregnancy and excess weight gain when the skin is subjected to stretching.

Scars disfigure the body by leaving seemingly permanent marks on the skin making it ugly. They can lower the quality of life of the suffering person by causing low self esteem and depression. These scars have a devastating effect on the sufferer and many, especially teenagers, contemplate suicide since appearance is important during the teen age.

Thanks to today's scientific research, almost all types of scarring can be treated successfully. http://www.skinmed.com/scarring/index.php

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