- Icepick scars. These are small, deep holes in the skin that resemble the marks left by a sharp object.
- Rolling scars. These are characterized by a wave-like appearance, caused by scar tissue that forms under the skin making the surface uneven.
- Boxcar scars. These are round or oval shape and can look like craters in the skin.
- Topical creams and gels. Topical creams and gels can help to improve the appearance of acne scars by promoting collagen production and smoothing out the skin.
- Chemical peels. Chemical peels use a solution to remove the top layers of the skin, revealing new, healthy skin.
- Microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasion uses small crystals to remove the top layers of the skin, also revealing new, healthy skin.
- Laser resurfacing. Laser resurfacing uses a laser to remove the top layers of the skin with a similar effect to the two previous treatments
- Fillers. Fillers can be used to fill in acne scars and smooth out the skin.
- Surgery. Surgery is a last resort option to remove the scar tissue.
It’s important to note that these treatments may not completely remove the scars, but can improve the appearance of them. It’s also important to consult with a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon for a proper evaluation before starting any treatment. Treatment for acne scars isn’t usually available on the NHS, but exceptions can be made when the scarring causes psychological distress.
Prevention is also important, as treating acne at an early stage can help to prevent the formation of scars. Keeping the skin clean, using non-comedogenic products, and avoiding picking or squeezing pimples can all help to prevent acne scarring.
To summarize, acne scarring can form when the skin is damaged as a result of acne. There are different types of scars that can form, but there are ways to help improve their appearance including topical creams, peels, fillers and surgery. If you suffer from acne it’s important to take steps to help prevent scarring such as avoiding squeezing pimples. You can find information on private cosmetic surgery to improve the appearance of acne scarring here.