Acne (Atrophic) Scars
Acne scars mar the surface of our smooth skin, making it look rough and aged. This can cause much distress in individuals affected. Patients sometimes pile on the makeup to cover these blemishes, but unlike pigmentation, these problems are not easily “covered up”. Active acne destroys the collagen in our skin, leaving behind these depressions even after the acne infection clears up. This is why we advocate early and appropriate treatment of active acne.
Please read our article on active acne treatment here.
These depressions can get worse with time as our skin loses collagen when we age and also when we accumulate more sun exposure.
Acne scars come in different forms and different scars frequently need different treatment modalities. This simple diagram explains the different types of scars. It is important to note that acne scars improve by collagen stimulation of the deep (reticular) dermis and this can take time for results to show, but appropriate treatment can yield visible results from the very first treatment! A complete treatment approach can yield complete removal of acne scars as well, contrary to popular belief that scars can only improve and not be removed completely. Run of the mill and single dimension treatments frequently give very limited improvement, which many people will try to convince that is the best you can achieve.