Types of Acne Scars and How to Treat Them

After a breakup, you’ll probably think that it’s impossible to move on with your scarred heart. Only to realize later, that the real baggage to overcome are acne scars caused by the stress.

Sad but true. The emotional upset from your failed relationship is nothing compared to the effects of acne scar that you may deal with forever--especially without the correct treatment.

The good news? There is a wide variety of acne scar treatments available in our clinic to help you move on from the discouraging effects of these unwanted marks. To help discover the best treatment for you, learn more about acne scars, its types and how to treat them.

How Acne Scar Forms

Acne builds up when the skin accumulates excessive dead skin cells, oil and bacteria. Overtime, they become inflamed and eventually bursts. When this happens deep within the skin, the infected dirt spreads among deeper tissues which results in even bigger lesions.

In attempt to repair the damage, your body will release collagen which affects the smoothness and texture of your skin thus, skin depressions or excess skin are formed. There are two common types of acne scars:

1. Depressed Scar – also known as atrophic scar is the result of lost tissue during the healing process. This type of acne scar comes in 3 forms:

  • Ice Pick Scar – is a deep and narrow scar. Sometimes, it resembles a large and hollow pore.

  • Boxcar Scar – is also depressed but tend to be broad and boxy with steep, defined edges.

  • Rolling Scar – is a broad depression with rounded and sloping edges.

2. Hypertrophic (Keloid) Scars – is a type of acne scar that occurs as a result of overproduction of collagen often manifested by bumps on the skin.

Acne Scars Vs. Acne Marks

Dark spots are often mistaken for acne scars but, they’re actually different. While scars are permanent dents on the skin, pimple marks are the pink or purple patches that often linger after a pimple has healed. These marks can take up to 6 months to fade or can be accelerated by using topical retinoids, vitamin C serums, sunscreen or brighteners.

Your Best Options for Acne Scar Treatments

Keloid Injection

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For a raised scar, a steroid shot can be administered into the keloid. It uses an anti-inflammatory medication that reduces the swell of an acne. It helps keloids appear softer and flatter that will slowly yet steadily remove the scar in the long run.

Needling Subcision

Needling Subcision

Needling Subcision


This treatment works by elevating depressed acne and pox scars. It is performed using a hypodermic needle that is inserted through a puncture in the skin surface to create a new layer of tissue under the scar thus, lift it in the process.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal Fillers

Dermal Fillers


Similar to skin needling treatment, dermal fillers also puff up depressed areas. Substances such as hyaluronic acid helps smooth scars out and improve the skin surface. It corrects moderate to severely dented acne and offers permanent results in some cases.

As with any skin condition, it’s best to seek the advice of a professional skin care expert to discover which option is best for you. Schedule an appointment today.

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