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Acne scars occur when there is either a loss of tissue, causing a pitted or depressed area, or an overgrowth of tissue leaving a raised scar.

Types of acne scars 

 Hypertrophic or keloid scarring

This type of scarring creates a raised mass of tissue on the skin’s surface, caused when the body produces too much collagen as acne wounds heal. Hypertrophic or keloid scars appear thick and raised on the skin.

Atrophic or depressed scarring

More commonly, acne causes atrophic or depressed scars, where there is a loss of tissue causing divots in the skin. The three main types of atrophic scars are:

  • Ice pick scars –Deeper than they are wide, with jagged edges, these types of acne scars are usually small but obvious holes in the skin.
  • Boxcar scars – Broad, rectangular depressions with steep, defined edges, similar to chicken pox scars.
  • Rolling scars –Broad depressions that have rounded, sloping edges.

How to reduce the appearance of acne scars

Continuing advancements in technology have revolutionised the management of acne scars, making treatment more effective than ever. The best acne scar treatment for you will depend on the type and extent of your acne scarring.

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