Acne scars are a permanent defect within the skin that forms following resolution of an acne lesion. These scars are often sunken-in, fibrous and can be pink or red depending on the patients skin colour.
There are three main categories of depressed Acne Scars or Spots that we can treat effectively with lasers.
- Rolling scars – a wavy texture in the skin
- Boxcar scars – appearance of large pores
- Icepick scars – deep pits with narrow openings
Raised Acne Scars
- Keloid – a type of raised scar that grows over and around the acne lesion often becoming quite large, thick, and rubbery.
- Hypertrophic Scar – a type of raised scar that only grows over the acne lesion
Skin Color Changes – Red Spots
- The presence of colored spots where an acne lesion once was, commonly appearing in shades of pink, red, or purple
Before/After Laser Treatment for Acne Scar Redness
What Are the Causes?
Acne scars do not occur in all people who have acne. The cause of acne scarring is the result of family genetics and sometimes more likely in those individuals with sever cases of acne.
How Do I Prevent Acne Scars?
This is the most important part of avoiding acne and their scars in the first place. Treating acne when it is more than small pimples that heal quickly will prevent long term consequences like scarring of the skin. Dr. Crippen will commonly use a combination of medication from the pharmacy and light sources to hinder the appearance of acne lesions. We normally see an excellent reduction in acne lesions for patients who follow our strict protocols for treating acne vulgaris. Not everyone “grows out” of their acne either and some people will get acne for the first time in their 30s or 40s. We treat patients of all ages and each treatment is individualized to their specific problem.
What Are the Treatments?
Watch Dr. Crippen remove an Acne Scar using laser. This acne scar was the result of a large cyst that never completely resolved after many months.
Some examples of our own Acne Scar Patients who have had laser treatments.
Acne Scars – 4 Fractional Laser Treatments to smooth out his cheek icepick acne scars.
Acne Scars – Treatments with the VBeam Laser | Before & After
Quick Answers About Acne Scars
Acne scarring on face, Hi there - I am interested in knowing what the cost of treating acne scarring may be. My son has quite a bit of scarring on his cheeks and is now on prescribed medication to reduce the acne problem but he has quite a bit of scarring to deal with.
This is a great question we get all the time. The possible treatments depend on a lot of factors, not the least of which is your sons age, current and past medications, skin colour, medical history and more. In general we perform laser treatments for acne scarring that has been present for at least a few years once the acne has calmed down and is no longer an acute issue. In order to know for sure what treatment would be best, contact us for a consultation
acne preventable? The girls in my family typically have horrible problems with acne, and I never want to see my daughter go through that. Is acne at all preventable with the right treatments? Can it be treated early enough that really bad breakouts never happen?
Acne certainly does run in families but that is no guarantee that each person will be affected in the same way. Once acne is becoming a problem, absolutely we can make a huge difference with medications. The key is to prevent acne scarring which will cause permanent disfiguration to the skin. It is much easier to prevent acne in the first place than to try and remove scars once they are present.
How do I keep acne scars from developing? I've seen this happening to my sister, and I want to avoid it.
You’re absolutely right that preventing acne in the first place is the best way to avoid acne scars in the future. Even though we can help acne scarring with laser treatments, prevention should be the first goal at any stage if possible. Best to see your local physician who deals with skin a great deal to treat any acne. Every acne pimple/breakout will cause some scarring from microscopic (invisible to the eye) to very noticeable deep depressions in the skin. For nodular or cystic acne, sometimes Accutane is recommended as a treatment/cure for some patients.