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Acne scars, a frequent aftermath of acne breakouts, can be a source of significant distress, impacting not just skin appearance but also self-confidence. However, the journey to addressing acne scars is often shrouded in misconceptions and myths that can hinder effective treatment. 

This article aims to debunk these myths and shed light on the realities of acne scars, their causes, and the treatments available, particularly highlighting the personalised approach taken by M-Aesthetic Clinic in Singapore.

What are Acne Scars?

What are Acne Scars?

Acne scars are formed when the healing process of acne inflammation results in permanent changes in the texture and smoothness of the skin. They can manifest as depressions or raised areas on the skin and vary widely in appearance, size, and severity depending on the original acne’s depth and the skin’s healing response.



Myth 1: Acne Scars Will Fade Away on Their Own

A common belief held by many is that acne scars, much like the acne itself, will eventually fade away on their own over time. This hopeful but misguided notion stems from a misunderstanding of the nature of acne scars versus temporary post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) that often accompanies acne lesions.

What are Acne Scars?

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is a temporary discolouration left on the skin after an inflammatory wound such as an acne lesion. These spots are usually flat and can range in color from pink to red, purple, brown, or black, depending on the skin tone and the depth of the discoloration. While PIH can indeed fade over time, often within several months to a year, and can be expedited with the use of topical treatments like vitamin C, retinoids, or chemical exfoliants, it’s important to distinguish this from actual acne scarring.

True acne scars are changes in the texture of the skin that occur as a result of the damage to the skin and the underlying tissue caused by acne. When an acne lesion clears, the body attempts to repair this damage. If the body produces too much collagen, raised scars (hypertrophic or keloid scars) can form; if there’s not enough collagen, depressions (atrophic scars) like ice pick, boxcar, or rolling scars can develop. Unlike PIH, these scars involve structural changes to the skin that cannot simply fade away over time.

Believing that time alone will heal these textured scars can lead to delays in seeking effective treatment, potentially making the scars more difficult to treat in the long run. Early intervention is key in managing acne scars, as treatments tend to be more effective on newer scars than on those that have been present for an extended period.

Moreover, without proper treatment, acne scars can become more pronounced as the skin loses collagen and elasticity with age. Factors such as sun exposure can also exacerbate the visibility of acne scars by further damaging the skin and slowing down the natural healing processes.


Myth 2: Only Severe Acne Causes Scars

It’s a misconception that only those who have battled severe, cystic acne will end up with scarring. In reality, even individuals with milder forms of acne can experience scarring, especially if the acne is recurrent or improperly managed. 

This misunderstanding often leads to a lack of preventive measures in individuals with less severe acne, underestimating the potential for scarring. Factors such as the duration of acne, genetic predisposition to scarring, and delays in effective treatment can all contribute to scar formation, regardless of the acne’s initial severity. 

Therefore, it’s crucial for anyone experiencing acne, not just severe cases, to seek proper management and treatment to minimize the risk of scarring.

Myth 3: Acne Scars Only Affect Teenagers

Acne and by extension, acne scars, are frequently associated with the hormonal changes of adolescence. However, adult acne is increasingly common, and the risk of scarring remains, irrespective of age. 

Adults facing acne outbreaks can also find themselves dealing with the long-term consequence of scars. This reality highlights the importance of recognizing acne and its potential for scarring as issues that can affect individuals at any stage of life. 

Addressing acne promptly and effectively in adulthood is just as critical as in the teenage years to prevent scarring and maintain skin health.

Myth 4: Only Picking at Acne Causes Scars

While it’s true that manipulating acne lesions can exacerbate scarring, scars can form even without picking due to the nature of the acne lesion itself and the skin’s healing abilities. The depth and severity of the acne, more than the picking, influence the likelihood of scarring. It’s essential to understand that the inflammatory process involved in acne can lead to scarring through the natural healing and repair mechanisms of the skin, even in the absence of external interference. 

Recognising the role of inflammation in scar development underscores the importance of addressing acne early and effectively to reduce the risk of scarring.

Myth 5: Acne Scars are Permanent and Cannot Be Treated

This myth can be particularly discouraging. Although treating acne scars can be challenging, advancements in dermatological treatments have made significant strides in improving the appearance of scars.

 The notion that scars are untreatable is outdated, with various effective options now available. This evolution in treatment availability offers hope and solutions for those seeking to improve the appearance of acne scars. 


From laser therapies and microneedling to chemical peels and fillers, the range of treatments capable of mitigating and even eliminating acne scars continues to grow, providing individuals with a path toward clearer, smoother skin.


Treatment for Acne Scars in Singapore

Singapore is home to dermatological treatments, offering effective solutions for those seeking to diminish acne scars. Treatments range from Co2 Laser, and microneedling to more specialised procedures like Subcision, TCA Cross and Acne Scar fillers, tailored to the specific type and severity of the scars.



Consult M-Aesthetic Clinic for a Personalized Acne Scar Treatment

At M-Aesthetic Clinic, the approach to treating acne scars is rooted in personalisation and precision. Understanding that each individual’s skin and scarring are unique, the clinic offers a comprehensive range of acne scar treatments. The journey begins with an accurate diagnosis, identifying the specific types of scars and their underlying causes.

Treatment plans are designed to address the unique characteristics of each patient’s scars as we believe that each individual has different and unique scars. 

Our expertise in acne scar treatment is backed by a deep understanding of the dermatological techniques and a compassionate approach to patient care. Patients are supported throughout their treatment journey, from the initial consultation to post-treatment care, ensuring comfort, clarity, and confidence in the process.



In debunking the myths surrounding acne scars, it’s clear that effective treatment is not only possible but accessible. With the personalized care and treatment options available at M-Aesthetic Clinic, individuals dealing with acne scars have a reliable path to improved skin texture and appearance. 

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