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Acne: Types Of Acne Scars

Acne scars- Types

As acne resolves, it leaves a hyper-pigmented (dark colored) spot on the skin. This is the result of the natural healing process. This hyper-pigmentation mark slowly fades away though sometimes it takes up to a year to fade away. If after a year you still see a mark, you have an acne scar. The acne scars are of two types: keloids and depressed scars. Let us discuss about them.


Keloids are raised scars, a mass of tissues that grows on the site of the injury. Keloids form in a few people and are difficult to treat. In case of kelloids the skin tries to heal itself by developing a mass of cells on the injury, which results into a raised scar. Know more about Keloids, Click here

Depressed scars-

A few people get raised scars while the majority of people develop depressed scars. Depressed scars form because of the loss of tissue in the skin at the acne site. The tissue is lost when acne infects the deeper skin. Collagen is also lost in this process. The new skin grows over the depression and heals the skin. That scar is called a depressed acne scar. The depressed acne scars are classified as: ice pick scars, boxcar scars and rolling scars.

Icepick scars-

Icepick scars look sharp as if the skin has been cut with an ice pick. Icepick scars are most often deep. Sometimes they are not deep but superficial. These scars are difficult to treat with laser or dermabrasion as they go deeper inside. Other techniques such as surgery are used to remove ice pick type acne scars.

Boxcar scars-

These scars do not have sharp edges like icepick scars. Boxcar scars are oval or round and most often they are not very deep.

Rolling scars-

When the scarred skin looks wavy, the scars are known as rolling scars.

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