Acne Scars

Acne Scars

What They Are And What Causes Them


Scars are the result of the bodies response to inflammation, injury and/or trauma.

People who have acne tend to fall into one of two categories.. those with high inflammatory response (called Secondary inflammatory response) and those with Low Inflammatory response (Single Inflammatory response)

It’s generally recognised that those people with the high inflammatory response are more likely to develop scaring as results of their acne, while those with low inflammatory response will not usually scar

There Are A Number Of Types Of Acne Scarring, The Most Common Being:

Ice Pick Scars

A very common form of acne scar, these take the form of pitted scars that measure around 2mm across..

They get their name from their appearance which resembles the skin being pricked or jabbed by an ‘ice pick’

Boxcar Scars

Very similar in look to the ones commonly caused by chickenpox, they are very angular in look and appearance.

They can vary in severity and are most commonly found on the temples and the cheeks

Rolling Scars

These types of scars are caused by skin damage under the skins surface.. usually quiteshallow but can be wide, they have a wavy, crisscross appearance

Hypertrophic Acne Scars

These scars usually have a raised lumpy look to them, usually the result of the sufferer having very severe acne such as acne conglobata..which causes cysts and nodules 

Most likely to be found on the back and chest but some suffered do get them on their face, chin and neck


Not exactly a scar per-se, but hyperpigmentation can often leave a permanent mark known as a macule..

These develop on the skin usually on the site after a spot has healed, and it can take some time, months or even years for it to fade away..

Treating Acne Scars

There are a number of methods that can be used to help treat, reduce and eventually remove acne scars, you can read more by clicking here