The term "scarring" in reference to acne refers to a fibrous process in which new collagen is laid down to heal a full-thickness injury. Acne scarring is something that most people with acne have to deal with, whether it be dark spots or indentation, when you pick or pop a pimple the chances of these scars increase tremendously. I’ll be going over the types of scars that people see and how they are usually healed.
- Hyperpigmentation: post inflammatory pigmentation is most commonly seen after an acne lesion or scab has been fully healed, it can appear pink, purple or even brown in colour. This type of “scar” is more simple to get rid of then indentation scars. This type of scar can be treated with over the counter retinol creams, natural products such as honey, apple cider vinegar, aloe vera and egg whites to fade the red marks.
- Ice pick scars: these scars are usually small little dots in appearance on the skin, they are deep, narrow and pitted scars. These types of scars can most commonly be diminished over time with dermabrasion and laser resurfacing.
- Rolling scars: In my own personal opinion, this is the type of acne scars most commonly seen from people suffering from cystic acne, the skin is mostly seen in a wave, slope like appearance. The most common treatment for this type of scar is collagen injections, dermabrasion, skin needling and derma rollers, and cryotherapy (freezing).
- Boxcar scars: Similar to rolling scars these scars have a more square like appearance and resemble scars usually left behind by chicken pox. The treatment is similar to that of rolling scars, such as; dermabrasion, injection and resurfacing as well as skin needling.
Scarring is something that requires a routine of a combination of different treatments. Always remember, what works for one person doesn’t always work for another, and time is everything.
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