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Scarring is a common side effect of acne. The scars are the result of the wounds created by acne inflammation.
Acne scars are usually permanent, although they often fade with time.
Types of Acne Scars
The most common type is the deep, narrow “ice pick” scar. “Rolling” acne scars, on the other hand, are shallow and wave-like. “Boxcar” scars have sharper, well-defined edges; they look similar to chickenpox scars. All of these scars are indentions in the skin, but acne can also create thick, red hypertrophic scars, which appear above rather than below the skin’s surface.
Acne inflammations can leave behind skin discolorations that give the appearance of scarring. These discolorations can be white, pink, or purple, and are more common in people with darker-hued skin.
Several new advances, particularly in laser technology, have made treating acne scarring and discolorations much safer and more effective.
Dermabrasion should not be confused with microdermabrasion, which can improve superficial skin imperfections and enhance the skin’s overall texture and tone, but which can’t help with the deep scarring associated with acne. Microdermabrasion can, however, help fade some of the skin discoloration caused by acne.
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