Acne scars are disruptions on our skin that had been left behind by previous active acne infections. It can affect up to 50% of individuals with moderate to severe active acne vulgaris, and it causes significant psychological distress in sufferers.
Some of these acne scars can be covered with cosmetic make-up. Unfortunately acne scars cannot be improved with topical skincare or topical medication. True acne scars never completely disappear, although their appearance can be improved with time. The improvement is usually achieved through in-clinic treatments, done by trained medical professionals and under close supervision.
Why Scars Form
Persistent acne causing prolonged inflammation to surrounding skin
Deep dermis layer of the skin damaged during active acne phase
Destruction of dermal collagen and matrix
Lack of collagen and resulting disorganized collagen framework within the dermis cause scars of various shapes and depths
Stimulation of melanocytes (pigment-producing cells) causing increase in brown pigment on the skin (brown spots), as well as inflamed, red appearance (red marks) on the skin
Types of Acne Scars
Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation and erythema
Flat brown, pink or red marks
Flat, thin scars or depressed scars
Broad depressions with sloping edge
Deep, narrow, pitted scars
Broad depressions with sharply defined edges
Thick lumpy scars
Grades of Acne Scars
- Represents not a problem of contour like other scar grades but of colour
- In this grade of stage of acne scarring, red hyper- or hypopigmented flat marks visible to patient or observer at any distance
- May not be obvious at social distances of 50 cm or greater
- May be covered adequately by makeup
- Small atrophic acne scars are characteristic of Grade 2 acne scars
- Obvious at social distances of 50 cm or greater
- Not covered easily by makeup
- Still able to be flattened by manual stretching of the skin
- Rolling acne scars and some less severe boxcar scars are included in this stage
- Obvious at social distances of 50 cm or greater and is not covered easily by makeup
- Not able to be flattened by manual stretching of the skin.
- Mostly boxcar scars and icepick scars
Frequently, acne scar sufferers have one type or various types of acne scars
Why Treat Acne Scars
Acne will eventually go away. Unfortunately, acne scars are here to stay, if we don’t do anything about them. Because we know many individuals are self-conscious or embarrassed about their acne scars, we offer multiple treatment modalities to deal with various kinds of acne scarring. The aim will be to dramatically improve the cosmetic appearance of the acne scars, to return confidence and beauty back to our patients.