Types of Acne Scars and How to Treat Them

types of acne scars

All acne scars are not the same and we are here to help differentiate the types, what they look like and how to treat them. Keep reading to learn the 5 different types. If you are still struggling with acne scars, give us a call at 703-356-5111 to schedule your appointment with one of our providers in our McLean, VA dermatology office, McLean Dermatology and Skincare Center.

Atrophic Scars

Caused by: Loss of collagen or scarred collagen

Looks like: Depressions (including rolling, ice pick, and boxcar scars)

Treat with: In-office treatment




Hypertrophic Scars

Caused by: Too much collagen produced during healing

Looks like: Elevated, hard scars (such as keloids)

Treat with: Injections, lasers





Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation

Caused by: Too much melanin produced during healing

Looks like: Brown dark spots

Treat with: Retinol, AHAs, and vitamin C + E, skin lightening creams, in office procedures




Post- Inflammatory Erythema

Caused by: Inflammation during healing

Looks like: Red spots

Treat with: Retinol, AHAs, and vitamin C + E, niacinamide, green tea, lasers





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