Acne Scars / Scars

DermaCare Brickell

Some people are more likely to see scars when their acne clears. The risk increases when a person:

Has inflammatory (swollen, reddish, and painful) acne, such as acne cysts and nodules. This type of acne tends to penetrate deep into the skin, which damages the skin.
Delays or does not treat inflammatory acne.
The longer a person has inflammatory acne, the greater the risk of scarring.
Picks, squeezes, or pops acne.
This increases inflammation, which increases the risk of scarring.
Has a blood relative who developed acne scars. Genes play a large role.

Dr. Barnes will talk about two types of acne scars:

Depressed: Most acne scars cause depressions or pits in the skin.

Depressed scars usually form on the face. A dermatologist may refer to these scars as “atrophic” (a-tro-fic) scars or use the name of the specific depressed scar: Boxcar, Icepick, Rolling.

Raised: These acne scars are more common on the back and chest. The medical term for a raised scar is “hypertrophic.”