About Acne Scars

Acne scarring typically occurs when a person who suffers from severe symptoms leaves them untreated for a prolonged period of time. Scars can also form if the person constantly picks at or squeezes their acne.

Scarring results from the depth of injury. When inflammation, infection or trauma affects the deeper layers of the skin, scar tissue formation occurs.

Scarring comes in many different shapes, sizes and even colours. There are five different types of acne scars:

  • Rolling: Indented, superficial, wave-like scars
  • Keloid: Raised scars that extend beyond the original wound
  • Boxcar: Deeply indented, round pitted scars
  • Ice-pick: Deeply indented, narrow pitted scars
  • Pigmentation: Discoloration of a scar is referred to as post inflammatory hyperpigmentation but is not a true scar

It should be noted that not all scarring is the same and are awarded different levels of severity. Scarring may be graded as:

  • Grade 1: Slightly visible inconsistencies in the complexion.
  • Grade 2: Visible mild rolling scars.
  • Grade 3: Visible moderate rolling, boxcar and hypertrophic scars.
  • Grade 4: Visible severe icepick or keloid scarring.

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