Acne is one of the most common skin problem most encountered by everyone. It easily forms itself especially in the most unattractive places destroying not only your skin but your self-confidence as well. But what most people don’t know is that acne scars are classified according to their appearance. Let us take a look at each one and see which specific treatment fits it best.
Ice Pick Scars
These are the kind of scars that are pinpoint or narrow but they run deep, as if punctured by an ice pick hence the name. Sometime they may even look like enlarged pores instead of a deeply depressed scar. These are among the most common type of acne scars usually occurring on the cheeks.
Ice pick scars develop due to an infection or a cyst that starts underneath the skin attacking the tissue which results to a narrow depression. For this type of scars punch grafting or excisions can be done to treat it.
This kind of scarring results to wave-like undulations on the skin caused by the development of fibrous band of tissues which develop between the outer layer of skin and the subcutaneous tissue. The fibrous tissues are the ones that pull the outer layer into the deeper skin structure creating the rippling effect. This type of acne scar tissue seldom occurs.
Boxcar tissues are also called depressed fibrotic scars which are characterized by its sharp and angular edges. This type of scarring often occurs at the forehead, temples and the cheeks. This is another common type of scar but to better visualize this, it is similar to a scar that you get after a chickenpox. It is rather deep and wide in nature.
The base of this kind of scars are rigid and cannot be stretched, this is due to the destruction of collagen often associated with inflammatory skin breakouts. With the destruction of the internal structures of the skin the outer layer is left without any internal support thus resulting to a skin depression. The extent of these depressions can range from something superficial to something more severe.
Boxcar scars can be treated with dermal fillers, punch excision or laser resurfacing.
Hypertrophic or Keloid Scars
Unlike the kind of scars that we’ve mentioned before this kind of scar is protruding. This scar is elevated and often discolored often mistaken for a mole or a birthmark and sometimes it has the tendency to enlarge. But it often stays within the boundaries of the wound in which it originated.
Unlike the other acne scars where there is tissue loss, hypertrophic scars results to an overproduction of collagen resulting to its protrusion. A keloid scar feels firm, rubbery and occasionally itches.
To treat or lessen keloid scars you can apply steroid or cortisone creams, injectable fillers and tapes to aid in flattening or erasing the scar.
Now that you have some knowledge on the different kinds of scar tissues, you now understand that each has its own kind of treatment appropriate for its characteristic.