What Do Acne Scars Looks Like?

Acne scars come in all different shapes and colors.  There are scars that are discolored, scars that are raised, and scars that are indented.  A dermatologist can offer you a variety of treatments to help improve your scars.  Discolored scars may be red, brown or white and the coloring can be improved by using fading creams, laser treatments or chemical peels.  Raised scars, also known as hypertrophic scars or keloid scars, are usually first treated with a special type of injectable medication to flatten them.

Indented scars, also known as atrophic scars, come in a wide assortment of shapes and may be specifically referred to as icepick scars, boxcar scars, or rolling scars.  All of these different types of indented scars can be treated using a wide variety of methods.  Laser treatments, microneedling, and filler injections are just some of the options for treating indented scars.  Since there are so many scar treatment options available, be sure to see a dermatologist that is an expert in acne scar treatment to get the best possible outcome for your skin.

Types of acne scar treatments available:

  • Lightening creams
  • Chemical peels
  • Pulsed dye laser treatments
  • Intralesional steroid injections
  • Fractionated non-ablative laser treatments
  • Fractionated ablative laser treatments (also known as carbon dioxide laser treatments)
  • Radiofrequency treatments
  • Filler treatments
  • Microneedling


4 thoughts on “What Do Acne Scars Looks Like?

  1. I didn’t realize that there were so many treatments available to deal with acne scars. Although, I imagine that some of them are quite a bit better than others. For example, I imagine anything carried out by a doctor or surgeon would be much more effective than a simple lightening cream.

  2. It is interesting to learn that acne can leave scars that can be red, brown, or white. I did not know that raised or hypertrophic scars needed to be first treated with injectable medication to flatten them. My friend has found success with her dermatologist in eliminating scars by using certain creams a few times a day.

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