24th April 2024

Different types of acne scars

Not all the acne scars are same. Before you opt to an acne scar treatment, it is good to have an idea about the different types. Depending on the type of the scar, the type of the acne scar treatment Toronto administered by your skincare therapist will vary. 

Although there are different types of acne scars, they fall into two main categories; atrophic and hypertrophic. Atrophic scars are formed as a result of losing the tissues. On the other hand, hypertrophic scars are formed as a result of excessive tissue formation. 

There are four sub categories under atrophic and hypertrophic scars. They are; icepick scars, boxcar scars, rolling scars and Keloid scars. 


  • Icepick scars


These scars are pretty deep but narrow in formation. They extend to the dermis. The term ‘icepick’ is used because the appearance these scars create. Some of these scars can appear like small deep holes while others appear as huge holes. Icepick scars can appear as a result of infections caused by cysts. Icepick scars are usually treated using 


  • Boxcar scars


This type of scars appears in round or oval depressions associated with a pretty sharp vertical side. Boxcar scars are wider than the previous category and they create pitted appearance. Boxcar scars appear as a result of tissue loss and when the collagen is destroyed due to inflammation. The severity of the scar can vary depending on the tissue loss. 


  • Rolling Scars


These scars create scars with the appearance of waves. Rolling scars appear if tissue’s fibrous band is formed between the skin and its subcutaneous tissue. Fibrous bands pull your epidermis and then firmly bind it to the deeper structures. 


  • Keloid scars


Keloid scars appear like a mass of tissue that is raised and firm. These scars can be bigger than the original size of the wound. These scars fall into the main category of hypertrophic scars and it is usually found in the torso of men. They aren’t formed due to loss of tissues. Instead, keloid scars are formed with excessive tissues. 

The good news is that all of the above scars can be cured completely with the assistance of a professional skincare therapist like Sovereign Skin.