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Acne Scars

image Acne Scars

Scarring is perhaps the worst aspect of acne vulgaris.

Acne scars are caused by the inflammation of the skin and often reflect the severity of the condition. Milder cases of acne are likely to leave red marks on the skin, which usually fade after one year, while severe cases of acne can leave the skin pitted and severly scarred.

Acne can be a traumatic enough experience by itself without the scarring. It can have a significant impact on self-esteem, emotional wellbeing and social functioning of a person. Acne scars only serves to exacerbate these issues.

More information on acne scars and scarring can be found further down the page in our Acne Scar FAQs.
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Popular Products

  • Dermatix Gel for Scar Reduction 15g

    Dermatix Gel for Scar Reduction 15g

    Flattens, softens and smoothes raised scars!

    Dermatix is a silicone gel treatment for raised scars. It forms an invisible barrier over the skin to lock in moisture, relieve itching and improve the skins appearance and texture.

    Dermatix may help in the treatment of hypertrophic acne scars and pigmented scars.

    (incl VAT)
  • La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+M Anti-Blemish Corrective Gel Moisturiser 40ml

    La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+M Anti-Blemish Corrective Gel Moisturiser 40ml

    A light-weight gel-cream for skin with severe imperfections

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  • La Roche Posay Effaclar A.I. Targeted Imperfection Corrector 15ml

    La Roche Posay Effaclar A.I. Targeted Imperfection Corrector 15ml

    Targets individual blemishes and helps prevent residual marks from acne.

    (incl VAT)
  • Bio-Oil 200ml

    Bio-Oil 200ml

    Our most popular scar and blemish product!

    Bio-Oil is a 'dry' oil that has been specially formulated to improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tone.

    (incl VAT)
  • ScarSil Silicone Scar-Gel 15ml

    ScarSil Silicone Scar-Gel 15ml

    A smaller packsize of ScarSil silicone scar-gel for problem scars including those caused by acne.

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  • Scarsil Silicone Scar-Gel 30ml

    Scarsil Silicone Scar-Gel 30ml

    Scarsil Silicone Scar-Gel is a topical application for problem scars and is particularly useful for treating acne scars.

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  • Scarmed Silicone Gel 15g

    Scarmed Silicone Gel 15g

    Scarmed Silicone Gel can help reduce redness and raised scars caused by acne.

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Types of Acne Scar

Ice Picks Scars

Ice pick scars are the small, deep, pitted scars that most of us associated with acne. This is the classic acne scar.

Boxcar Scars

Boxcars scars are similar in appearance to chickenpox scars. They have defined, angular edges and commonly occur on the cheeks and temples.

Rolling Scars

Rolling scars are wide, shallow scars that have a wave-like appearance .

Hypertrophic Scars

Hypertrophic scars are raised scars that remain within the boundaries of the original wound. They can reduce in size over time. Hypertrophic scars usually found on the back and chest and are often the result of cystic acne.

Acne Scar FAQs

What causes acne scars?

Acne scars are caused by inflamed spots or spots that don't heal correctly. The severity of the acne scarring is usually related to the severity of the acne experienced:
  • Mild cases of acne often produce pigmented scars, which are not scars at all, but an inflamed red mark left behind as blemish heals. These often fade after twelve months, but they can be more pronounced on people with darker skin.
  • Severe cases of acne, such as cystic acne, have a greater chance of leaving scars as the inflammation is often greater and deeper.
As shown in the section above, acne scars are divided into four types: ice pick scars; boxcar scars; rolling scars; and hypertrophic scars.

How do I get rid of acne scars?

Pigmented scars are the easiest type of acne scar to treat as they tend to fade by themselves over time. If you prefer to allow time to take its course and let your pigmented scars heal naturally, you may wish to consider using a corrective foundation, such as Vichy Dermablend to cover up any visible blemishes and smooth out uneven skin tone. If you want to take immediate action, Dermatix Gel helps fade red scars.

Of the main types of acne scars, hypertrophic are perhaps the easiest to tackle at home. They are raised scars (similar to keloid scars) so they should respond well to a scar and blemish reducing gel, such as Dermatix.

Indented scars (ice pick scars, boxcar scars and rolling scars) are much trickier to treat. Some customers have reported some success with Bio Oil, but others have seen little improvement. These types of acne scarring can be treated with procedures such as chemical peels, dermabrasion and laser treatments. If you think you require such treatment, you should speak with a doctor or dermatologist.

What is the best acne scar treatment?

There is no product we could single out as the 'best acne scar treatment'. Everyone has different skin and may experience different scarring from acne, plus scars in general are hard to treat fully. We have made a few product suggestions above, but the best treatment for acne scars is perhaps taking preventative action at the beginning and limiting the severity of the condition.

How do I prevent acne scars?

Resisting the urge to squeeze and pick spots will reduce the chances of acne inflammation and infection spreading. Squeezing too aggressively can often push the infection deeper into the skin and make things worse, plus it also spreads spot-causing bacteria across the skin.

Understanding acne and treating the condition early on is the best way to prevent acne scarring. Our acne vulgaris page has plenty of information and advice on adopting an effecting acne treatment regime.

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