Unlike acne scars caused by hyperpigmentation, deep acne scars can't be treated topically using creams or serums 😭 They typically occur as the aftereffect of cystic acne. The longer it stays on the skin without being treated, the deeper the inflammation gets inside the pores due to the breeding of bacteria and pus. As a result, it becomes impossible for the skin to get back to the way it was before 🤧
But there are definitely treatments that you can get at the skin experts to improve the look of the scars 🤗 Here are 4 types of deep acne scars and their popular treatments:
1️⃣ Keloid is a raised bump over the skin. It occurs due to excess collagen production that is meant to cover the skin tissue that has broken post acne inflammation. The treatment of keloid includes the flattening of the bump with cortisone shot followed by laser treatment to even out the skin tone.
2️⃣ Icepick scar looks as if the skin is pocked by tiny needles. One laser method to treat this pore-like scar is by injecting a chemical inside each scar to burn the whole and stimulate a new tissue growth that will fill back into the scar hole.
3️⃣ Rolling scar gives the skin a wavy texture. The best laser treatment for this kind of complexion is through a method called subcision. It's a method in which the base of the scar is removed. This will activate a new collagen production to grow into a healthy tissue and elevate to the level of the rest of skin tissue. This process will take a little while for recovery. There's also an alternative quicker way which is by using synthetic fillers like Bellafill to fill in the uneven texture.
4️⃣ Boxcar occurs when the acne destroys the fat around the pores and causes indentation with very sharp edges. Subcision and dermal fillers can be used to treat boxcar acne as well. There's also an option of using fat filler instead of synthetic filler. Fat filler is using patient's own body fat to fill in the indentation. There are also several other laser methods to treat this acne scar.
Whatever treatment you wish to have for your skin, remember to get into a deeper research on its pros and cons ☝ Treatments for deeper acne scars can cost you a lot of ringgit and it may take multiple treatments to see a positive result. Remember to always consult from an established dermatologist 💯