Acne Scars | Causes & Treatment

What is acne scars

An acne scar is an unsightly product of an inflamed lesion, such as a papule, pustule, or cyst. The good news is that blemishes can be almost completely removed from the skin, and even the appearance of acne scars can be significantly improved with the help of medical technology.

Types of Acne Scars

Generally, acne scars fall under two categories: those caused by a loss of tissue (atrophic), and those caused by an excess of tissue (hypertrophic). Within these categories, acne scars fall into one of four types: ice pick, boxcar, rolling and keloid scars.

acne ice pick scarsIce Pick Scars

Ice pick scars are deep, very narrow scars that extend into the dermis that looks like being pierced by an ice pick or sharp instrument. Ice pick scars seem to make a small, deep “hole” in the skin. Some may look like a large, open pore.

 mce_style=Boxcar Scars

These are round or oval depressions with steep vertical sides. Wider than ice picks, boxcar scars give the skin a pitted appearance.

 mce_style=Rolling Scars

Rolling scars are caused by damage under the surface of the skin, and give the skin a wave-like appearance. They tend to be wide and shallow.

 mce_style=Hypertrophic Scars

looks like a raised, firm mass of tissue. These types of scars often grow larger than the original wound. Hypertrophic scars caused by acne are most often found on the torso, especially in men.

Suggested Treatments

Thanks to modern medical technologies, the appearance of acne scars can be greatly improved or made less visible through many procedures like laser treatments such as Fractional Laser and Sciton Microlaser Peel.


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