Scars left behind by acne are often an unfortunate secondary, and lasting, effect of the skin condition, which can leave its marks behind as severe depressions in the skin. Most noticeable on the face, acne scars can last a lifetime if not treated, leading people to develop low self-esteem.
Types of acne scarring
There are two main types of acne scar, identified by the depth of the scarring:
Rolling scars - these scars recede more gradually into the skin. They are less severe and can often be treated with non surgical solutions such as dermal fillers.
Deep and narrow scars - these acne scars can be more difficult to treat and can appear like cuts or 'icepick' marks in the skin.
Treatments for acne scars
In order to be treated for acne scars, patients must be free of new acne outbreaks.
Patients looking for treatments for acne scars can explore chemical peel options - in particular treatments such as the Obagi Blue Skin Peel which allows surgeons to remove surface layers of damaged skin and which is then replaced with new cells, leading to a clearer and healthier appearance free of acne scars.
Those suffering from new acne outbreaks can alleviate the condition through regular use of approved skin care products, while more serious acne can be treated by pain-free laser treatments such as Aesthera PPx. By treating acne soon after it appears, patients reduce the risk of the spots becoming scars.