Acne scarring

If acne is particularly severe or if left untreated for too long, the spots and pustules typical of acne can leave scars in the skin.

What is acne scarring?

Acne can leave scars in the skin. These can cause young adults to feel self-conscious and lacking in confidence. Fortunately we can offer a range of dermatology treatments to minimise the appearance of acne scars.

Types of acne scars

Although prompt treatment can help to avoid scarring, picking and scratching can irritate acne spots, leading to a range of permanent marks on the skin:

  • Typical deep acne scars: deep valley-like pits, sometimes also called ‘ice pick’ acne scars
  • Raised acne scars: these affect people prone to developing keloid scars
  • Rolling acne scars: these produce an undulating, wavy texture to the skin
  • Box scars: these are like typical deep acne scars but have vertical rather than sloping walls, making them very obvious

What treatments are available for acne scarring?

Our consultant dermatologists and specialist practitioners use different techniques to make acne scars less obvious. They will be able to discuss your options with you at your consultation.


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