Acne Scar

Acne scars are created when acne lesion occurs deep in the skin, destroying normal skin structures. The skin heals with a change in texture and color.

Types of Acne Scars:

  1. Atrophic Scars
    • Atrophic Scars: are created when the healed skin is sunken because not enough collagen is created. These scars can occur on the face, back and chest.
      • Types of Atrophic Scars:
        • Boxcar scar, have steep borders with flat bottoms
        • Ice pick scar, deeper pits that looks like a puncture
        • Rolling scar, broader and craterlike edges
  2. Hypertrophic scars
    • Hypertrophic scars are raised scars. Hypertrophic scars develop as a result of your body producing too much collagen during the healing process. These scars are more common when a wound is infected or inflamed and when stress is applied to the wound not allowing it to heal.Picking or squeezing acne lesions can cause additional damage increases the chance of scarring. Most individuals squeeze acne to remove the pus. This is not advised. If you are developing lots of pustules, get adequate treatment to prevent them.

Acne Scar Treatments:

  • Filler Injections: Locally injected filler is an excellent treatment for the immediate improvement of depressed acne scars.
  • Microneedling: Microneedling is also known as collagen induction therapy. This process creates tiny injuries within the scars to activate the healing process. It helps to shed old skin cells and restore color. Microneedling with or without Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is among the most effective treatments for acne scars.
  • Laser Resurfacing: Laser resurfacing uses laser energy to remove the outer layer of skin. This process helps even texture and reduces scarring. These days Ablative laser resurfacing is rarely used. Instead, non-ablative or “Fractional” resurfacing lasers are more often used.
  • Steroid Injections: Steroid is injected directly into the scar softening and thinning the fibrous tissue, and lowers the scar’s height.
  • Chemical Peels: Chemical peels help regenerate cell growth and can help with pigmentation. Chemical peels were once the mainstay of acne scar treatment but now there are better and less risky treatments available.

Visit your dermatologist to be examined and determine the best acne scar treatment for you. Treatments vary on the type of scar, location, and severity.