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Which of these is NOT a type of acne scar?
There are two types of acne scars: depressed and raised. Depressed acne scars are the ones that look like pits or depressions on your skin. Raised acne scars appear above the skin's surface.
Ice pick acne scars are:
Wavy and deep
Sharp and narrow
Scars that look like sharp, narrow indents -- that give the impression your face was punctured -- are called ice pick acne scars.
Wide and circular
Scars form when the skin is damaged on what level?
No scar ever fully disappears. This is because scars form when your skin is damaged in the dermal level, the layer of skin where new skin cells originate. As your body heals the wound, it creates new collagen fibers, and this repair of damaged tissue results in a scar.
What qualities should you look for in makeup to cover acne scars?
Make sure it contains drying ingredients.
Pick a label that says it's organic.
Look for something oil-free and non-comedogenic.
If you decide to tackle your acne scars by covering them with makeup, be sure to choose oil-free, noncomedogenic cosmetics to help prevent future breakouts. In addition, be sure to properly cleanse your skin each day to prevent your pores from clogging.
Which of these ingredients does NOT usually appear in topical creams that help reduce the appearance of scars?
These creams often contain alpha hydroxy acids or salicylic acids, and some contain corticosteroids or antihistamines to help reduce inflammation and itching.
Alpha hydroxy acids
Dermabrasion requires what tool to remove the top layer of damaged skin?
Dermabrasion is an outpatient surgical procedure in which a surgeon essentially sands away the top layer of damaged skin with a wire brush. As new skin grows where the damaged skin was removed, the face takes on a smoother look.
Which of these is a type of depressed acne scar?
Depressed scars occur when you lose fat or muscle under the skin. Those that give your skin a wavy texture are called rolling acne scars.
What can happen to raised acne scars over time?
They can become itchy and painful.
Raised acne scars pack a double whammy -- along with becoming larger over time, raised scars can also be itchy and painful.
They can grow deeper.
They can develop scales.
This substance is known to help heal skin and make it smoother. What is it?
Tea tree oil
Gels that contain tea tree oil have been known to heal the skin and make it smoother, but this treatment may cause allergic reactions in people with sensitive skin.
Fillers can help lessen the appearance of scars that are below the surface. How long do fillers usually last?
6 months to a year
3 to 6 months
If you have scars that are below the surface of the skin, fillers like collagen or your own fat can be injected into the scars. This procedure has immediate results but will need to be repeated -- fillers typically last from three to six months.
3 to 6 weeks