Trying to survive everyday life without getting a scratch on us is far tougher than it sounds. It may be from something as small as a skirmish with your feisty sibling. It could also be a persistent pimple or acne that shows up on the same spot despite your tirades of abuse against it, but they all leave a parting gift in the form of a scar.

A scar is the human body’s version of a hasty cover-up, and the American Academy of Dermatology defines a scar as a residual mark from the healing of a wound(1). The skin’s outermost layer is known as the epidermis while the layer underneath it is the dermis.

Whenever a wound is inflicted, damaging the dermis, it immediately gets to work on creating a cover over the wound to protect it from bacteria and germs. This cover is in the form of a structural protein called collagen that is produced by fibroblasts sent from the dermis(2). The collagen can be called the skin’s best friend, the big protector in their playground who protects the vulnerable skin from the bullies, so to speak.

Unfortunately, it is often our worst nightmare, because it’s the reason why scars are evident on our skin. In its haste to cover up, the collagen isn’t always allowed to settle in a neat lattice pattern as that of normal skin. This forms the characteristic lumps and indents that stand out on your skin, either when you’re retelling your heroic stories of how you got it or trying to hide your clumsiness.

Similarly, wounds caused by pimples and acne and other skin conditions cause the scars on the face. This is what usually happens when you avoid getting your acne scars treated. Having healthy and normal looking skin is actually quite possible if the acne is treated with medicine and the right skin care routine from the beginning.

Acne is a skin abnormality which occurs when glands known as the sebaceous glands(3) get clogged, which leads to an infection and swelling. These glands when functioning normally secrete oils which attribute to oily skin and scalp.

An eruption on your skin could be anything from a benign blackhead to a serious cyst formation. Hence never should we simply turn a blind eye towards the changes in our skin. That, if followed as a primary rule for skin care, would ensure a much healthier future for your skin. To always be aware of the condition of your skin means spotting inconsistencies and possible damage at an early stage. After all, prevention is known to be better than cure.