Skin Therapy Letter HOME
Written for dermatologists by dermatologists. Indexed by the US National Library of Medicine.
Skin Information
NETWORK
Skin Therapy Letter About STL Subscribe Today SkinCareGuide Network Site Map
CUSTOM DERMATOLOGY SEARCH:
Loading

Types Of Acne Scars

Scars caused by acne are much more common than doctors once believed. Most people will have acne scars that are mild. However, some will have scars that look significant even to others. The best approach is prevention and to treat acne right away as sometimes even mild acne can cause scarring. This can minimize the risk of permanent acne scars.There are a number of different looking scars caused by acne.

They Can Be Classified As Follows:

Ice pick scars - Deep pits, that are the most common and a classic sign of acne scarring.
Boxcar scars - Angular scars that usually occur on the temple and cheeks, and can be either superficial or deep, these are similar to chickenpox scars.
Rolling scars - Scars that give the skin a wave-like appearance.

Hypertrophic scars - Thickened, or keloid scars.

In order to get rid of, or minimize acne scarring, a combination of treatments provides the best results for many people.

Treatment Options For Patients With Acne Scars:

The acne scar treatment you and your patient choose should depend on the type of scars he or she has, as well as on the skin type. Most experience has been gained treating facial scars. Generally, scars on the chest and back do not respond as well.