Scarring occurs to the skin when the dermis (the deepest layer of the skin) is damaged, usually as a result of trauma to the skin such as a cut. When damage has occurred to this deep layer the body forms new collagen fibres (a naturally occurring protein in the body) to mend the damage but it will almost always result in scar tissue, which will have a different texture and quality than the surrounding tissue.
Often people who have experienced moderate to severe acne will be left with scarring to the skin which usually have one of three forms; Ice pick scars are small holes in the skin that look as though they have been pierced by something sharp; rolling scars occur when scar tissue forms under the skin, giving an uneven appearance on the surface, and boxcar scars which are more rounded indents in the skin. Acne scars can be distressing, and can affect the self-confidence of the sufferer greatly.
There are effective treatments for scarring including skin peels, microneedling or laser treatment.
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