When acne is moderate to severe, it can lead to scarring. Scars form in the skin during wound healing. Wounds caused by acne are very deep in the skin, and can involve bacteria and pus in the surrounding pores. The result of this is inflammation in the skin, which affects the collagen production and fat stores and results in a depression, or scar, where the pimple once was.
- Atrophic Scars occur when the wound (pimple) does not heal properly, and a scar forms beneath the skin causing an indent. These depressions in the skin may be in the form of ice pick scars, boxcar scars, or rolling acne scars.
- Hypertrophic Scars are less common, and present as raised. They are the result of too much connective tissue being produced during the healing process.
- Keloid Scars are very rare in acne. They present as raised, discoloured, and are often much larger than the original pimple.
At Dermatology on Bloor we offer a number of solutions to address the concern of Acne Scars. To determine which treatment, or combination of treatments would be right for you, schedule a complimentary consultation with an expert cosmetic dermatologist.