In the aftermath of acne, some patients experience “acne scarring.” This is when the skin displays an inflammatory response to previous acne (whiteheads, cysts, nodules, etc) and physical intervention such as picking or popping. Acne scarring can occur in many different forms, and some patients may experience more than one type of scarring. It’s important to consider what type of acne scarring you have in order to determine the best treatment regimen.
Types of Scarring
This is when the skin appears red, purple or brown. Scars that appear redder are fresher scars, whereas brown colored scars are commonly a result of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Darker skinned individuals are more prone to darker scars.
This type of indented scar tends to be shallower and softer to the touch. These scars may disappear when the skin is pulled taught. These scars tend to respond better to treatment than deeper scars.
Ice-pick scars and boxcar scars
Ice pick scars occur in the shape of a point, and boxcar scars appear wider with a flat base. These are considered deeper scars and are more difficult to treat.
These scars become elevated above the skin.