One of the most common skin problems affecting people of all ages and skin types is acne. Did you know that an estimated 80 percent of people between the age 11 and 30 will suffer some type of acne breakout? While facial acne is probably the one most talked about, body and back acne can be a problem nonetheless. What’s more, this form of acne can cause permanent scarring and is often viewed as an imperfection.
What are Back Acne Scars?
Referred to as follicular macular atrophy, back acne scars occur when hair follicles get clogged due to the combination of dead skin cells and the natural occurring oils or sebum of the skin. The hair follicles are connected to the sebaceous glands, which normally excrete natural oil at the surface of the follicle to lubricate the hair and skin. However, when the body produces sebum in excess, it can cause these follicles to become clogged. These clogged pores result in pimples, whiteheads, blackheads, cysts, and more serious lesions. Since the back has a higher concentration of sebaceous glands, it is prone to having acne on a regular basis. Increased hormonal activity, bacteria trapped in the skin, genetics, and certain cosmetics or medication can trigger of the condition.
Learn How You Can Clear Your Back of Acne Scars
Back acne scars are caused by the body’s inflammatory reaction to lesions. There are two types of body and back acne scars, those caused by a loss of tissue, such as ice-pick scars, and those caused by increased tissue formation, such as keloid scars. There are many cosmetic dermatology options as well for getting rid of back acne scars.
Dermabrasion: Dermabrasion uses a high-speed wire brush or a diamond fraises to remove dead skin cells and allow new skin to grow. This as an ablative surgery procedure removes the epidermis and dermis in a controlled fashion. This is one of the best known and most effective body acne scars treatment available.
Laser Skin Resurfacing: An intensive technique, acne scar laser treatment is known to permanently reduce the appearance of scars. A superficial laser skin resurfacing removes dead and damaged skin cells with deep, controlled penetration. This allows for new skin development and smoother clearer skin.
Acne Chemical Peels: Using chemical peels is one of the most effective ways of reducing back acne scars. A chemical peel removes the top layer of the skin leaving the bottom layer of skin exposed, this layer being the new scar-free layer. Superficial, medium, and deep peels are used to remove damaged skin cells from the top layer of the skin and improve the texture and tone of your skin overall.
Punch Techniques: This acne-scar surgical procedure that is usually used for deep acne scars on the back. It involves the physical removal of the tissue containing the scar and replacement of the remaining tissue. In some cases, the pitted scars are loosened and the scar tissue is allowed to naturally rise to the surface of the surrounding skin.
Collagen Injections: Injection of the collagen fillers underneath the scar tissue allows the scar to rise to skin’s surface and create a uniform look. This is a temporary procedure and the scars can always resurface in the long run.
Fat Transfer: Autologous fat transfer uses a procedure similar to collagen injections. In this case, fat is taken from another part of the body and injected underneath the scar. This allows the deep scars to rise to surface level. However, the fat transfer treatment for clearing acne scars is effective when multiple treatments are done.
Body Microdermabrasion: Body microdermabrasion uses aluminum oxide crystals instead of a wire brush to remove surface skin and reveal the healthier skin underneath. This is, however, not as effective as dermabrasion.
In addition to these cosmetic treatments, there are some simple home remedies for back acne scars. You can squeeze out the juice of lemons and apply it on the scar or apply sandalwood paste with rosewater and leave it overnight over the scar. The effects of body and back acne can leave emotional and physical scars if not treated professionally. So the sooner you seek treatment, the sooner you can start to enjoy smooth skin free from the pain and embarrassment of back acne.
Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only, and should not be treated as a substitute for professional medical advice.