Acne Scars

Acne Scars

Acne scars occur when breakouts penetrate deep in the skin and damage underlying tissue. While they can be difficult to treat with at-home remedies, we offer a number of in-office procedures to soften scars and restore a smooth, even skin tone.

Continue reading to learn about the different types of acne scars and possible treatment options.

What Are Atrophic Acne Scars?

Atrophic acne scars present as a depression in the skin and are positioned below surrounding skin. They are caused by insufficient collagen formation and are most common on the face.

What Are the Different Types of Atrophic Acne Scars?

There are three types of atrophic acne scars – Boxcar, ice pick, and rolling.

Here are the distinguishing features of each type:

Boxcar Acne Scars

  • Wide, U-shaped scars
  • Sharp edges
  • Can be shallow or deep

Ice Pick Acne Scars

  • Narrow, V-shaped
  • Deep
  • Often look like oval holes
  • Difficult to treat because they penetrate so deeply

Rolling Acne Scars

  • Wide depressions
  • Irregular or rolling appearance
  • Rounded edges

What Are Hypertrophic Acne Scars?

Hypertrophic acne scars sit above surrounding skin. They are caused by excess collagen production and are most common on the back and chest.

Acne Scar Treatments

The type and severity of acne scars usually dictates the most appropriate and effective treatment.

That being said, there are a number of noninvasive, in-office treatments designed to soften scars, smooth skin, and create a more even and uniform appearance.

Dermabrasion uses an abrasive tip to exfoliate the outer layer of skin and promote cellular renewal. It works best on shallow boxcar or rolling scars.

Laser skin resurfacing delivers concentrated beams of light to create microinjuries in the skin and stimulate collagen growth. This option is ideal for all acne scars and lighter skin tones.

Chemical peels use acid-based solutions to remove the top layer of skin. While they are suitable for all acne scars, they are often used to treat deeper scars.

Microneedling creates tiny punctures in the skin with an automated device and cartridge of surgical-grade needles. It is great for depressed acne scars.

Learn More

To learn more about the different types of acne scars, please call our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Marjan Yousefi.

About Us

Marjan Yousefi, M.D. is a board-certified dermatologist and Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. Her practice focuses on adult and pediatric dermatology, dermatologic surgery, and cosmetic procedures to enhance the skin.

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