Acne Scars Types

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Types of Acne Scars
The term "scarring" refers to a fibrous process in which new collagen is laid down to heal an injury. It affects 30% of those with moderate or severe acne vulgaris. Most people will have acne scars that are mild. However, some will have scars that look significant even to others. There are a number of different looking scars caused by acne. They can be classified as follows:

Ice pick scars: Deep pits, that are the most common and a classic sign of acne scarring.
Boxcar scars: Angular scars that usually occur on the temple and cheeks, and can be either superficial or deep. These are similar to chickenpox scars.
Rolling scars: Scars that give the skin a wave-like appearance.

Hypertrophic scars: Thickened, or keloid scars.

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Other Acne Types:

Adult Acne: acne in adults can be a result of fluctuating hormones that occur naturally as we mature. Certainly pregnancy can sometimes worsen or improve adult acne because it profoundly affects hormones.

Acne rosacea: is not true acne. Rosacea, previously called acne rosacea, is a chronic skin disease that affects both the skin and the eyes. The disorder is characterized by redness, bumps, pimples, and in advanced stages, thickened skin on the nose. Rosacea usually occurs on the face, although the neck and upper chest are also sometimes involved. A mild degree of eye (ocular) involvement occurs in more than 50 percent of people with rosacea.

Acne conglobata: the most severe form of acne vulgaris and is more common in males. It is a form of nodulocystic acne in which there are interconnecting abscesses and sinuses, which result in unsightly hypertrophic (thick) and atrophic (thin) scars. There are groups of large "macrocomedones" and cysts that are filled with smelly pus. It can cause severe, irrevocable damage to the skin, and disfiguring scarring. It is found on the face, chest, back, buttocks, upper arms, and thighs. The age of onset for acne conglobata is usually between 18 and 30 years, and the condition can stay active for many years. Acne fulminans: an abrupt onset of acne conglobata which normally afflicts young men. Symptoms of severe nodulocystic, often ulcerating acne are apparent. As with acne conglobata, extreme, disfiguring scarring is common. Acne fulminans is unique in that it also includes a fever and aching of the joints.

Pyoderma faciale: This type affects only females, usually between the ages of 20 to 40 years old. It is commonly characterized by painful large nodules, pustules and sores which may leave scarring. It begins abruptly, and may occur on the skin of a woman who has never had acne before. It is confined to the face, and usually does not last longer than one year, but can wreak havoc in a very short time.

Gram-negative folliculitis: a bacterial infection characterized by pustules and cysts, possibly occurring as a complication resulting from a long term antibiotic treatment of acne vulgaris. It is a rare condition, and we do not know if it is more common in males or females at this time.

Nodulocystic acne: a severe form of acne affecting the face, chest and back. Nodulocystic acne is characterised by multiple inflamed and uninflamed nodules and frequently, scars. It is more common in males.

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Is Milia Acne?
No, Milia are proteins trapped within the skin, while Acne (comedones) are fats and skin debris trapped within the pore.
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