Types Of Acne Scars – Pictures And Treatment

In the previous post, we learnt that there are two types of acne scars:

  1. scars that cause an increase in tissue formation such as keloid scars and hypertrophic scars
  2. scars that cause tissue loss including icepick, rolling and boxcar scars

Scars that cause tissue loss are much more common. Here are treatment tips and pictures of icepick, rolling and boxcar scars.

a) Ice Pick Acne Scars

Icepick or “pock” scars are narrow sharp holes in the skin, generally found on the cheeks and usually narrower than 2 mm. They extend deeply into the dermis, or subcutaneous layer of the skin, and are hard and fibrotic.

How To Treat Ice Pick Acne Scars

Getting rid of acne ice pick scars is not so straightforward. This is because ice pick acne scars are generally too deep for skin-resurfacing treatments such as laser treatment or surgery. An ideal treatment for ice pick acne scars is the punch treatment, where each ice pick scar is dealt with individually.

b) Rolling Acne Scars

Types Of Acne ScarringRolling scars have an undulating appearance and feel about them, looking almost like fingerprints in the skin. They may be soft and can be flattened easily by lightly stretching the skin or may be held down as they are attached to subcutaneous tissue.

You can get rid of rolling acne scars using subcision, dermabrasion or skin fillers. These treatments for rolling acne scars will either completely remove the rolling acne scars, or make them look less noticeable.

c) Boxcar Acne Scars

types of acne scarringSmall boxcar acne scars look like open pores. Boxcar acne scars can also look like large craters. Regardless of size, they have sharp vertical sides.

How To Get Rid Of Boxcar Acne Scars

The Trichloracetic acid (TCA) CROSS technique is one of the few acne scar removal methods that can be used to treat boxcar acne scars effectively. Click on TCA CROSS method and watch the video below for more information on how to get rid of boxcar acne scars.

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