Fear of Acne Scarring?

When acnes do not heal well, one of the dreadful problems is that there will be acne scarring.

Why do these scars form?

Acne can cause healthy tissue around it to be destroyed. In an attempt to repair the tissue, new collagen is formed. Occasionally, too much collagen is formed and this causes raised or hypertrophic scarring. More often than not, depressed or atrophic scars form because of a lack of tissue.


The diagram above shows us the various types of scars.

  • Ice Pick: Deep, less than 2mm across
  • Boxcar: Vertical edges, angular, deep or superficial
  • Rolling: Wide, shallow, wave-like
  • Hypertrophic: Raised, lumpy, keloid-like

Ways to fix Acne scars

1. Chemical Reconstruction of Skin Scars treatment

Also know as the “CROSS” treatment, this involves the use of trichloroacetic acid (TCA) to stimulate collagen formation for the depressed scars.

2. Fractional Ablative Laser

An effective laser for acne scarring as it causes ablation of the top layer of skin and stimulates collagen in the deeper layers of skin.

3. Fractional Radiofrequency

The treatment causes the coagulation of deeper tissues, thereby resurfacing skin.

4. DermaRoller/DermaPen