Acne is a common yet distressing skin condition that can cause blackheads, whiteheads or pustules. Acne can leave scars which are difficult to treat with topical therapies, this scarring can have a huge impact on self confidence.
Acne scarring refers to scars or pigmentation caused by historical acne.
Acne scarring is usually caused by cystic acne (painful pus-filled bumps under the skin) or by mistreating other types of acne, such as by picking or squeezing spots, resulting in infection or inflammation.
Atrophic scars – including boxcar, ice pick and rolling scars. These are shallow depressions caused by skin healing below the surface. They are usually caused by cystic acne or chickenpox and are most common on the face, forehead and cheeks.
Hypertrophic or keloid scars – the opposite of atrophic above, these scars are raised bumps on the skin caused by scar tissue and are more common on the jawline, chest and back.
Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation – dark patches caused by severe acne healing.
Acne scarring typically responds very well to treatment and can provide life changing results for those who are suffering with self confidence issues due to scars.