Acne not only makes people uncomfortable during breakouts but also while the healing process is happening, and acne scarring may be produced. It is a common condition that can be easily prevented and, on occasions, is complicated to cure without leaving a scar.
Here we will present the most common type of scaring and active ingredients you must use to improve them:
What are the types of acne scarring?
- Boxcars: Usually found in cheeks. They are known for present depressions with defined edges.
- Ice Pick: They present narrow depressions commonly on the cheeks.
- Rolling scars: This makes the skin surface uneven, giving the appearance of waves.
Which products should you use to improve boxcar, ice pick, and rolling scars?Tretinoin and Retinol.
- Post-Inflammatory-Hyperpigmentation (PIH): Are the darker patches of skin you can see around the acne lesions. They are not considered scars themselves. Most of the time, it can improve by itself; however, it can prevent future definitive pigmentation.
Which products should you use to improve Post-Inflammatory-Hyperpigmentation (PIH)? Hidrquinone, azelaic acid, and tranexanic acid.
- Hypertrophic Acne Scars: Are caused when excess collagen is producing during the healing process; they are bumpy and tend to be red or pink.
Which products should you use to improve Hypertrophic Acne scars? Vitamin C, azelaic acid, and niacinamide.
About the Author: Dr. Angelica Parra is a Licensed Medical Doctor from Venezuela and is currently taking a Master’s degree in Dermatology. She specialized in Aesthetic Medicine and completed Advanced Training in Non-surgical Facial Rejuvenation in Miami, Florida. She has specialized in applying Botox, dermal fillers, skin tightening treatments, and since then, she has worked on cruise ships as an Aesthetic Doctor.