First is it a true acne scar or are you seeing a mark left behind from an old blemish? These are commonly called scars, but are actually dark spots known as post inflammatory hyperpigmentation and generally will fade over time. We see this more commonly in darker skin types, but can happen to anyone. Although some of these pesky spots can last months, there are several ways to speed up that process listed below.
A scar is an area that has been traumatized or damaged and does not fully heal and is then replaced by fibrous connective tissue resulting in a different texture then the surround area. Often times with acne these scars tend to be atrophic or depressed.
Different types of scars:
Boxcar- shallow scars with sharp edges. The have an uneven appearance with pitting.
Rolling- also shallow, but with soft edges. They have a more wavy like appearance.
Ice pick- deeper scars that are narrow. They look more like a hole in the skin.
Hypertrophic or keloid always scars- raised, flesh-colored scars that can sometimes be itchy or painful.
Depending on the type of scar, various treatments can be done to improve the appearance such as:
After a consultation, your provider can discuss the best treatment options for you and your type of scars.
By Nicole Lyons
October 14, 2019