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Types of Acne Scars

No matter what how haphazard or strategic your skin care regiment, acne scars are a reality. When you are suffering with acne scars and considering treatment, start with some valid information. There are two very broad categories of scars, one type is the “atrophic,” caused by a loss of tissue. The second category is the “hypertrophic,” those caused by an excess or a build up of tissue.

Now, inside of those two categories, you have four different types: ice pick, boxcar, rolling and keloid scars. (Before your eyes glaze over, I will get to the point.)

Ice Pick Scars: these are the very long, narrow, column like gashes. Some could look like a very large, almost oversized single pore. They develop after an infection (a cyst or other deep inflamed blemish), skin tissue is destroyed, leaving a long column-like scar.

Boxcar Scars:  are the round or oval depressions with steep vertical sides. Wider than ice picks, boxcar scars give the skin a pitted appearance.

Rolling Scars: Give the skin a “waved” appearance, they arise when fibrous bands of tissue develop between the skin and the subcutaneous tissue below.

Hypertrophic or Keloid: these look like a raised, firm mass of tissue. These types of scars often grow larger than the original wound. They are common on men, on their torso.  Different from ice pick or boxcar scars, hypertrophic scars are not caused by a loss of tissue, they develop from an overproduction of collagen.

Ok, I will weigh in with the different ways to treat acne scars next week!


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