WHAT IS ACNE SCARRING?
There are two main forms of acne scarring:
Atrophic scars can develop as ice picks scars (usually found on the forehead and upper cheeks), rolling scars (typically occurring around the lower face and / or jaw) or boxcar scars (also found around the lower face and jawline). This type of scarring is depressed from the skin’s surface, appearing as sunken indentations or as a rippled effect on the skin;
Hypertrophic scars on the other hand, become raised from the skin’s surface and often appear on the chest, back or shoulders.
WHAT CAUSES ACNE SCARRING?
Acne scarring develops as a side effect of acne, whereby inflammation from spots and pimples damage the skin and tissues. The great thing about the body, particularly the skin, is that in many instances, it can repair itself. Acne scarring is the result of repair to the skin and tissues, as collagen accumulates at the damaged site to knit the skin back together.
When atrophic acne scarring develops it is the result of tissue loss beneath the skin. However when hypertrophic scars form, it is because too much collagen builds up at the site.
HOW IS IT TREATED?
Acne scarring is common and treating it often requires an approach that is appropriate to the various types of scarring. Dr. Grace Kelly Aesthetic Skin Clinic has a number of in-clinic treatments available that can help to reduce the appearance of scarring. Chemical peels, microneedling (SkinPen), laser skin resurfacing and dermal fillers can be used to even the texture of the complexion, or improve the quality, condition – and appearance – of the skin.