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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:
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.