Acne scars are created by severe acne that causes nodules (painful, pus-filled cysts or lumps) to appear under the skin. Nodules are more likely to leave permanent scars than other types of acne. Most serious scarring is caused by more severe acne, and the best way to prevent acne scars is to get treatment soon after the acne appears. If you have nodules, see your doctor or physician right away. He or she will assess your acne and will probably prescribe some combination of topical gels or creams.
The doctor may also prescribe antibiotic pills, oral contraceptives for some teen girls with acne (the hormones in birth control pills can help control acne in some cases), or other medication such as Isotretinoin if the acne is severe.
Acne scars have traditionally been difficult to treat. However, recent breakthroughs in cosmetic medicine have had successful results improving the appearance of acne scars. Procedures such as Laser Resurfacing and Fraxel Refine and products from Obagi can result in healthier, smoother skin.
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