Atrophic Scars: Causes, Types, Treatment (2023)

Atrophic scars are a type of scar that results from a loss of collagen and tissue, leaving a depression or indentation on the skin's surface. These scars can occur anywhere on the body and can be a source of self-consciousness and insecurity for many. 

Let us explore the causes, types, and treatment options for atrophic scars. 

Causes of Atrophic Scars 

Atrophic scars are typically caused by the loss of collagen and tissue, resulting from damage to the skin's underlying structure. Some of the most common causes of atrophic scars include: 

Acne
Acne can result in atrophic scars, particularly if it is not treated promptly and correctly. In severe cases, acne can lead to the development of deep, pitted scars that are difficult to treat. 

Injuries
Injuries that damage the skin's underlying structure, such as burns, cuts, or surgical incisions, can result in atrophic scars.
 

Aging
As we age, our skin naturally loses collagen and elasticity, which can result in the formation of atrophic scars.
 

Genes
Some individuals may be more prone to developing atrophic scars due to genetic factors.
 

 

Types of Atrophic Scars 

There are several different types of atrophic scars, each with its unique characteristics and causes. The 3 types of atrophic scars are: 

Ice Pick Scars

Icepick Scars: These scars are deep, narrow, and have a V-shaped appearance. They are typically caused by severe acne and can be challenging to treat. 

Boxcar Scars

Boxcar Scars: These scars are broad, with sharp edges and a rectangular shape. They are typically caused by injuries or trauma to the skin, such as severe acne. 

Rolling Scars

Rolling Scars: These scars are shallow and have a wavy appearance. They are typically caused by damage to the skin's underlying structure, such as from injury or aging. 

 

Treatment Options for Atrophic Scars 

There are several different treatment options for atrophic scars, depending on the severity and type of the scar. These can help improve the appearance of these scars: 

Chemical Peels
Chemical peels involve the application of a chemical solution to the skin, which removes the outer layers of damaged skin. This can help to improve the appearance of atrophic scars by promoting the growth of new, healthy skin. 

Microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive treatment that involves the use of a special tool to remove the outer layers of skin. This can help to improve the appearance of atrophic scars by promoting collagen production and smoothing the skin's surface.
 

Laser Resurfacing
Laser resurfacing is a more invasive treatment that involves the use of a laser to remove the outer layers of skin. This can help to improve the appearance of atrophic scars by stimulating collagen production and promoting the growth of new, healthy skin.
 

Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers are injectable substances that can help to fill in atrophic scars and improve the overall appearance of the skin.
 

Surgery
In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to remove or repair atrophic scars. This may involve skin grafting or other surgical procedures to repair the skin's underlying structure.
 

If you are struggling with them, speak with a dermatologist to explore your treatment options for your specific needs.

How to Prevent Atrophic Scars

As your acne is healing, have trust in the process and let your skincare do its work. Avoid picking at, popping, or squeezing your pimples as this can increase the risk of scarring. It’s also best to start treating your acne before it has a chance to get worse.  

Of course, the best way to prevent acne scars is to prevent acne in the first place. This is why it is important to regularly flush out impurities from your pores so acne does not have a chance to form. 

Clear Out Clarifying Lotion is our best-seller and an acne community favorite. Packed with retinol and azelaic acid, it is clinically proven to flush out congestion, eliminate oils, and restore your skin texture without irritating or drying out your skin. Try it today and see clearer, healthier skin after 1 bottle. If you don’t, you can get your money back! 

If you have questions about your acne and acne scars, get in touch with us via Messenger chat or Instagram DM (@clearlybasics). We’re here to help!  

Disclaimer: This article should not be interpreted as personal medical advice. For medical-related matters, please consult your dermatologist.    

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