There are two types of acne scars: pitted and pigmented. Pitted scarring is a result of damage to underlying skin tissue. Pigmented scars are red or brown marks left behind after an acne blemish has disappeared. Pigmented scarring is the most common and while it is not permanent, it can take weeks or months for it to clear. Often, the scar has not gone away before a new set of blemishes arrive - causing a perpetual cycle of disfigured skin that can leave many acne sufferers depressed about the condition of their skin. Some people may have found a treatment that keeps their blemishes under control - only to discover that the red or brown marks remain - preventing their skin from looking completely clear and acne-free.
Indented or Pitted Acne Scars
Pitted acne scars are one of the most difficult skin problems to treat. Pitted scars are a sign of permanently damaged skin tissue. Although pitted acne scars can never be completely erased, there are a few things one can do to help. One recommendation is to get a series of peels performed in a dermatologists office - this helps decrease the depth of the scarring. Another key to reducing the appearance of pitted acne scars is to stimulate collagen and elastin production in the skin. This will help plump the underlying structure of the skin - further reducing the depth and appearance of the scars.