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Types of Acne Scars

A number of factors, such as genetics and skincare regimen, affect your chances of getting acne scars. Finding out which type of scar you have will make it easier to determine the treatment you need. Learn more about the different kinds of acne scars as you continue reading.

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Depressed (Pitted) Scars
This is the most common type of acne scars resulting from inflammatory acnes. The collagen anchors the base of the scars to the sub-cutaneous tissue, keeping the depression in place and at the same time preventing the regrowth of the healthy tissue. The best treatment for pitted acnes is to disrupt or remove the scar tissue to enable its replacement with new functional and healthy tissue. Read on to explore these three types of depressed scars.
– Rolling scarsthese are broad depressions in the skin having rounded slopping edges. When they combine in a place, they bring about rolling look and hence the name rolling scar
Boxcar Scarsthey are acne scar with steeper defined edges than rolling scars. They are very difficult to smoothen and to blend them into the nearby skin.
Icepick acne scarsthese acnes are deep and narrow scars and they resemble a large empty skin pore. Because they are deeper, punch-excisions and some kinds of laser form the best treatment. Source: KnowFacts

Raised (Keloid) Scars
Appearance: A hypertrophic scar looks like a raised, firm mass of tissue. These types of scars often grow larger than the original wound. Hypertrophic scars caused by acne are most often found on the torso, especially in men.
Development: Unlike ice pick or boxcar scars, hypertrophic scars are not caused by a loss of tissue. Rather, they develop because of an overproduction of collagen.
Common treatments: Steroid (cortisone) creams, tapes, or injections are used to help shrink and flatten the scar. Interferon injections are also used to soften scar tissue. Source: VeryWell

“Hyperpigmentation is an increase of melanin, which is the substance that colors the skin,” says Dr. Sobel. Hyperpigmentation often clears up on its own. However if you want to speed up the process, you can use topical treatments with ingredients like retinol, vitamin C, and kojic acid, which can help brighten skin overall. Source: Self

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