Understanding Acne Scars

The type of scar that can develop from acne can vary. Learning what type of scar you have is the first step in determining how to treat it effectively. This is a list of the common type of scars to help in understanding acne scars.

Understanding Acne Scars

Ice Pick Scars

The scar looks like skin has been pierced by a needle and resembles a hole. Larger scars look more like open pores. Ice Pick Scars are deep and narrow and usually extend to the deeper layers of the skin in the dermis. Cystic acne and deep blemishes tend to leave behind ice pick scars.

Boxcar Scars

Wider than the Ice Pick scars, they appear as round or oval in the skin with steep vertical sides. They form small pits and because they resemble the scars left behind from chicken pox they are commonly called pox marks.  This type of scar is a result of lost tissue in inflammatory breakouts.

Rolling Scars

Are a result of fibrous tissue bands that develop under the skin in a wave pattern. The bands pull on the epidermis and bind it to the deeper skin structures.

Hypertrophic or Keloid Scars

These scars are firm raised tissue masses which are larger than the original wounds. These type of scars are due to the over production of collagen.

Understanding acne scars will help in determining the right treatments for the specific category of acne scars.

If are concerned about acne scarring and in doubt schedule an appointment with your local doctor or dermatologist. Together you can establish a treatment which will work best for your acne scarring.



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