Acne Scar Depth
Acne scars can be very difficult to accept and live with. Just slight red markings can be easy to cover up with makeup or to fade with topical creams, but deeper scars can leave a literal impression of your face for the rest of your life. Some treatments exist that target each depth of acne scar, and though you might never be able to eliminate them completely, you will definitely be able to reduce their appearance significantly.
Some acne scars have no depth at all and instead are raised on the skin. These are called hypertrophic scars and are pretty much the same size as the blemish that caused it. Keloid scars are also raised, though they can continue to expand as tissue builds up on top of tissue. These scars can keep growing, even after all of your acne has healed.
Rolling scars are a type of acne scar that leave a slight indentation on your face. They look wavy and make shallow marks on the skin. They can cover a large area and can usually be reduced with peels and dermabrasion treatments.
Boxcar acne scars are more defined than rolling scars. They can penetrate deeply into the skin and have sharp edges, like those of a box. They typically appear on areas that have the most tissue, like the temples and cheeks.
Ice Pick Scars
Ice pick scars are the deepest of all acne scars and show up as deep and very narrow. The scar looks like something stabbed you or poked you and left a singular pit in your face. They can appear anywhere on your face and can occur from blackheads or deeply seated lesions.
The depth of your acne scars will greatly determine what type of treatment will be best for you. For instance, mild scars or discoloration can benefit from an at-home microdermabrasion kit or chemical peel. More serious discoloration or rolling scars could be removed with a strong in-office chemical peel using phenols or dermabrasion. Laser treatments can stimulate the collagen beneath your skin to begin production, which can fill in some of your scars. With boxcar scars, you might be injected with collagen or fat to fill in your scar, though this treatment will need to be repeated every six months to maintain the smooth appearance. Very deep scars, like ice pick or deep boxcar scars, can be surgically removed, leaving a thin scar behind that is much easier to conceal or fade than the acne scar.
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