What causes acne scars?
Acne scars are caused by the deep inflammation that can occur with active acne. For unknown reasons, some patients with acne are more prone to develop a residual scar after the active acne goes away. Even a normal appearing pimple can sometimes leave behind a deep scar. There seems to be a genetic component to acne scars, as it tends to run in families.
What are the different types of acne scars?
Ice pick scars are very deep and narrow scars that extend through the epidermis and into the dermis. Rolling acne scars appear as “wave-like” undulations across otherwise healthy appearing skin. Boxcar scars are oval or annular depressions that are wider than ice pick scars, but less deep. Hypertrophic and keloid scars are thick raised scars that are more common on the back or face.
The 4 primary categories of acne scars:
What are treatments available for acne scars?
The treatment for acne scars varies depending on the type of scars, the patient’s ability to tolerate downtime and also their skin type. NY Dermatologist Dr Schweiger frequently uses the following modalities to treat acne scars:
Are these treatments for acne scar safe in patients with darker skin types?
NY dermatologist Dr. Schweiger safely treats acne scars in patients with all skin types including Asian, Indian, and African-American skin. It is true that it is important to have an experienced dermatologist when treated darker skin types, to get great results safely.
What is the best treatment for acne scars?
Board certified dermatologist, Dr. Schweiger finds that the best treatment for acne scars for any one individual can only be determined by a consultation. In general, the most effective treatment for acne scars is usually Fractional CO2 resurfacing. Dr. Schweiger has extensive experience with the Fractional CO2 laser and consistently has outstanding results. Click here to read more about Fractional CO2 lasers.