Atrophic scars are the type of scars that are caused by things like cystic acne, varicella, surgery, accidents, and chickenpox. It is sunken in like an indentation in the skin because of collagen damage in that area as well as damaged fat cells and various other tissues. It is necessary for the skin to form scars as a part of healing after an injury, but atrophic scars are more difficult to treat because of the abnormal collagen production. These types of abnormalities in collagen production could cause an unfavorable texture on the surface of the skin as well. It is important to keep these and other types of scars out of direct sunlight to avoid further damage from the sun. Here’s an example of an atrophic scar.
It is also important to concentrate on proper skin care in the areas with Atrophic Scars. Use gentle cleansers to keep the scar tissue clean and free of dirt, oil or bacteria. If the area is not kept clean, the damaged tissue will not be able to heal properly. Besides keeping these scars clean, you must also keep them hydrated. It is necessary to use moisturizers to keep the moisture levels up.
In order to keep skin from developing Atrophic Scars, it must be treated early when the skin becomes inflamed. A doctor may prescribe topical cream for the damaged area that contains some type of retinoid to help restore the normal production of collagen. This keeps the tissue from becoming further damaged and causing the indentation in the skin.