Acne scarring is very common and affects one in five people who have suffered with acne at some point in their life. Everyone’s skin heals differently and whether or not we scar is largely down to our DNA. Other factors that can contribute to acne scarring are the depth of an acne lesion in the skin, picking or squeezing of acne lesions, skin colour and smoking.
The more inflamed an acne lesion becomes the more likely it is to scar, this is one of the reasons that it is important to treat acne as soon as possible.
On this page you will find information on the different types of acne scar that can occur, what causes them and how they can be reduced in size and appearance through treatment. It is important to remember that, whilst most scars can be reduced in appearance, treatment for acne scarring is not readily available on the NHS. It is also important to remember that if you are affected by acne scarring you are likely to have a mix of the different scar types.