Many people that visit Mid-Atlantic Skin in Waldorf, Leonardtown and California have scars from the long-lasting inflammation caused by acne.
Acne scars occur most frequently in patients with moderate-to-severe acne.
Although it generally remains unknown why some patients develop acne scars when others don’t, there are ways to treat acne scars.
Depending on the type of acne scarring that you have and the severity of scarring, improvement can be seen in as little as four to six weeks.
Types of Acne Scars
- Icepick: These deep pits in the skin are a classic sign of acne scarring. They are the most common type of acne scar and usually occur on the cheek. They may be shallow or deep and may be hard or soft to the touch.
- Boxcar: These depressed, crater-like acne scars are larger than icepick scars.
- Rolling scars: These acne scars are curved indentations on the skin.
- Hypertrophic scars: These acne scars are elevations or areas of skin thickening. Large hypertrophic scars may be referred to as “keloids” and tend to run in families.
The recommended treatment will depend upon the type of acne scar being treated, your skin type, your tendency to scar, and cost. Different treatments may be combined for optimal effect.
- Topical Retinoids
- Dermal Fillers
- Chemical Peels
- Laser Skin Resurfacing