Acne, Scar

- Oct 8, 2021

What is Acne Scar & What Causes Acne Scar?

What Are Acne Scars? Even after acne symptoms clear up, there may still be some discolouration or scarring left behind by those symptoms. That is known as Acne Scarring. Types of Acne Scarring Acne Scarring may range from mild “scarring” such as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, which refers to red or brown discoloured spots, to depressed scars, which are usually grouped into three categories, boxcar scars, icepick scars and rolling scars. Boxcar scars are wide and U-shaped with sharp edges. Rolling scars are wide with rounded edges and an irregular rolling shape. Icepick scars are deep and narrow, resembling small round or oval holes. Acne scarring usually comes in a combination of scar types. At our clinic, we offer a variety of treatment options to provide the most suitable plan for your unique skin condition. How Do You Treat Acne Scarring? Peels exfoliate the surface of the skin, which helps to improve skin texture, fill in depressed scars and clear pigmentation from within. Chemical peels cause the top layers of the epidermis to peel off, boosting cell turnover and renewal rate. How Do Chemical Peels Work? Depending on your skin condition and the depth of the pigmentation or scarring, our doctors will prescribe either milder peels such as ones using Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA), or stronger peels that use trichloroacetic acid (TCA). The skin will produce more collagen in reaction to old skin peeling off, which breaks down the pigmentation and helps to “fill in” the depression left by the scar.