Acne Scars

What is acne scaring?

Occasionally, following long periods of active acne, skin can be left with bumps and dips where the acne has been. Scaring can affect the face, neck, chest, back and shoulders.

When the infected material inside an acne lesions leaks out to the surrounding tissue, which begins to form new collagen in an attempt to repair the damage, and it is these repairs that end up creating the uneven skin surface we term acne scaring.

Are there medical implications of acne scaring?

Acne scars do not present any increased medical concern. However, from a cosmetic perspective, they can be very troubling. For this reason, most dermatologists understand that treatment is important.

Treating acne scaring

There are many different types of acne scars, each type requiring a specific approach to treatment. Sometimes a number of different treatment modalities are required to achieve the best result in a particular patient and can include lasers, excision, subcision, grafting and fillers (to reduce the appearance of indentations).