How Scars Look Like? Understand All Acne Scars


Understand All Acne Scars

Most of people suffer acne once in their life time, or maybe many times. And each of them has a risk to have acne scars when active acne clear. As acne have different types, acne scars also have many different sign and symptoms. Do you understand all of them? Can you figure out what type of acne scars you have? Follow the post to understand all the acne scars!

Dermatologist usually talk about two types of acne scars, Depressed Scars and Raised Scars. Depressed scars form when the skin collagen is not enough to support the skin surrounding,  so the skin depressed. On the other hand, the skin can produce over collagen for recovering from acne as well, thus, the skin raised, hence the name. Although acne scars treatments were introduced before, here you can find more information regarding to different scar types. Information and pictures are from American Academic of Dermatology

Depressed Acne Scars

Depressed Acne Scars Types

Depressed: Most acne scars cause depressions or pits in the skin. Depressed scars usually form on the face. A dermatologist may refer to these scars as “atrophic” (a-tro-fic) scars or use the name of the specific depressed scar:

  • Boxcar
  • Icepick
  • Rolling

Boxcar Scars

How Boxer Scars Look Like

Boxcar scars: This acne scar leaves a depression in the skin that often looks like a large pore. The scar can be shallow or deep and is most likely to develop on the cheeks and temples.


Icepick Scars

How Icepic Scars Look Like

Icepick scars: When this type of acne scar forms, it often looks like an icepick punctured the skin.


Rolling Scars


Rolling scars: This acne scar leaves depressions that give the skin a wavy texture.


Raised Acne Scars

Raised Scars


Raised: As severe acne cleared, raised acne scars formed. Most raised acne scars have a pinkish color and feel firm. They can itch. Raised scars tend to form on the back, chest, shoulders, upper arms, or jawline. The medical term for a raised scar is “hypertrophic.” Treatment can ease the discomfort and diminish the scars.

Now you should know how all the acne scars look like, next step you should find the right treatment to fade all of them away. Check out the last post about how to remove acne scars and let your skin forget the past breakouts.

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