acne scarring

A lot of our patients put lots of time into clearing their acne up, only to be left with acne scarring. Acne scarring are normally visible indents in the skin that is left after the damage of sore, inflamed acne. There are 4 different types of acne scarring;

  • Rolling scarring
  • Boxcar scarring
  • Icepick scarring
  • Keloid scarring


Atrophic acne scars are acne scarring that is sunken into the skin, whereas hypertrophic scarring is raised.


Boxcar Scars

Very much similar to rolling scars, boxcar scarring from acne are typically shallow indentations. However, they have more defined edges that differ them to rolling scars.

Rolling Scars

Normally very shallow, rolling scars can make skin texture look uneven or ‘lumpy’. The primary cause of rolling scars is a lack of collagen production, and also damage to the skin. Meaning that as skin ages, their appearance can worsen. 

Ice Pick Scars

Ice pick scars get their name from usually being quite narrow and deep into the skin, because of this they can be the most difficult kind of acne scarring to treat. This is normally caused by cystic acne that is severe and very inflamed. Ice pick acne scarring is atrophic. 

Keloid Scars

A form of hypertrophic scarring (raised) keloid scars can mimic the acne that has caused the scarring, and usually are raised, bumpy with an uneven surface, although they do not have the redness of active acne. These kinds of scars are caused when your body tries to heal but is triggered by the proliferation of collagen and cells.

Acne Scarring Treatments

Thankfully, there are lots of different treatment methods that can help target both raised and sunken acne scarring. Such as;


All of our team at The Cosmetic Centre are accredited medical professionals, with years of experience in skin treatments and cosmetic procedures. We have clinics based around the UK that offer effective skin treatments for skin concerns like acne scarring. 

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