Scars are the body’s natural process of healing itself after some form of trauma or injury to the skin. Although some scars never completely go away, there are treatments that can minimise the appearance of scarring.
Keloid scars are thick and raised and often larger than the original wound. They’re most commonly found on the cheeks, chest, back, shoulders, and ears. Keloid scars aren’t painful, but they may cause cosmetic and self-esteem concerns.
What Causes Keloid Scars?
Signs of Keloid Scars
Ways to Reduce the Signs of Keloid Scars
Hypertrophic scars are thick and raised and develop when there is trauma to the skin. Hypertrophic scars are an abnormal response to wound healing and occur most often after the skin has been burned, pierced or cut. They can be itchy or irritable, but aren’t painful.
What Causes Hypertrophic Scars?
Signs of Hypertrophic Scars
Ways to Reduce the Signs of Hypertrophic Scars
Atrophic scars are indented or sunken areas on the skin that heals below the normal layer of skin tissue. It is most commonly associated with chickenpox or acne, but can also occur after a mole has been removed.
What Causes Atrophic Scars?
Signs of Atrophic Scars
Ways to Reduce the Signs of Atrophic Scars
Rolling scars are a common type of scarring that occurs when acne heals. They give the skin an uneven, wavy appearance with rolling edges. They are most commonly found on the lower part of the face.
What Causes Rolling Scars?
Signs of Rolling Scars
Ways to Reduce the Signs of Rolling Scars
Boxcar scars are round or oval scars with sharp edges that are formed after acne heals. They can be red, skin or brown coloured and mostly occur on the lower half of the face. Boxcar scars are most commonly associated with a nodule or cystic acne.
What Causes Boxcar Scars?
Signs of Boxcar Scars
Ways to Reduce the Signs of Boxcar Scars
Ice Pick Scars
Ice pick scars leave the skin looking like they’ve been punctured by a little ice pick - thus their name. They have a pitted or sunken appearance and occur after the skin heals from acne. They are one of the harder acne scars to treat as they are deeper. Ice-pick scars mostly appear on the upper part of the face.