Acne Scars

Acne Scars

If acne scars bother you, safe and effective treatment is available. Treatment can diminish acne scars that cause depressions in the skin. Treatment can also safely reduce raised acne scars.

As we age, acne scars often become more noticeable because our skin loses collagen.The key to effective treatment is to select the best one for each scar type. For example, a patient who has some deep scars may benefit from getting a filler, which adds volume to the skin.

Who gets Acne Scars?

Some people are more likely to see scars when their acne clears. The risk increases when a person:

  • Has inflammatory (swollen, reddish, and painful) acne, such as acne cysts and nodules. This type of acne tends to penetrate deep into the skin, which damages the skin. 
  • Delays or does not treat inflammatory acne. The longer a person has inflammatory acne, the greater the risk of scarring.
  • Picks, squeezes, or pops acne. This increases inflammation, which increases the risk of scarring. 
  • Has a blood relative who developed acne scars. Genes play a large role.

Although we know what increases a person’s risk of developing acne scars, it is not possible to predict who will develop acne scars. Even people who have all the risk factors may not scar. It is, however, possible to prevent acne scars with effective acne treatment. Waiting to treat acne until it becomes severe can lead to extensive scarring.

What Causes Acne Scars?

When acne breakouts penetrate the skin deeply, they damage the skin and the tissue beneath it. As the acne clears, the body tries to repair this damage. During the healing process, the body produces collagen — a substance that gives the skin support. If the body produces too little or too much collagen, you will see a scar. The type of scar depends on how much collagen your body makes.

Depressed Acne Scars: If the body produces too little collagen, depressions or pits form as the skin heals.

Raised Acne Scars: Sometimes the body produces too much collagen as it tries to heal the skin and underlying tissue. When this happens, a person develops a raised acne scar. This type of acne scar is more common in people who have skin of color like African Americans, Hispanics, and Asians. 

Even when we do our best to prevent acne scars, some people scar. There are many treatment options, which can significantly diminish depressed and raised acne scars.

Types of Acne Scars

Depressed: Most acne scars cause depressions or pits in the skin.

Depressed scars usually form on the face. The medical term is “atrophic” (a-tro-fic) scars or the name of the specific type of depressed scars are:

  • Boxcar
  • Icepick
  • Rolling

Raised: These acne scars are more common on the back and chest. The medical term for a raised scar is “hypertrophic.” 

Recommended Treatments

These are only recommended, the best treatment for you can only be determined during a consultation. To schedule a consultation at GLO please call (717) 461-2520.