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Acne Scarring

Acne scarring tends to be genetically linked to an individual’s unique inflammation response. Those people with a “secondary inflammatory response” to trauma tend to scar, while those with a “single inflammatory response” to trauma tend not to scar. This explains why some people will scar easily and others maintain a smooth complexion even through moderately severe battles with acne.

Ice pick scars are deep pits that are usually less than 2mm across. They extend into the skin, giving the skin an appearance of having been punctured by an ice pick.

Boxcar scars are angular scars with sharp vertical edges, and resemble the scars left by chicken pox. They may be shallow or deep, and are most often found on the cheeks and temples.

Rolling scars are caused by damage under the surface of the skin. They give the skin a wave-like appearance. They tend to be wide and shallow.

Hypertrophic scars are raised and lumpy. These are less common and tend to appear on the back and chest, but can also appear on the neck and face. Often the result of severe acne (cysts or nodules), they generally stay within the boundary of the original wound, and may decrease in size over time.

Before any treatment for acne scarring, your skin must be free of active acne.

Contact MANARA SKIN CLINICS to book a consultation to assess your concerns.