Millions of people each year are afflicted with acne. Unfortunately some of those people are also going to experience the after effect of acne in the form of an acne scar. An acne scar is the mark that is left behind by the pimples or legions that have become inflamed or have not healed correctly. Depending on the person, the size and the depth of the acne scar will vary as will the placement of the acne scar. How big your scar is or how noticeable it is will really depending on your genetics, as well as your skin color.
There are two different types of acne scars that you can get after a pimple or pustule has not healed properly. The first is a pigmented scar which is a discoloration of the area in which a pimple had become infected. The second type of acne scar is the ice pick scar. This is much deeper and is almost a hole or what is commonly known as a crater on your face. Both can be very embarrassing for the person who has them, but both can be treated if done quick enough to reverse the damage.
With a pigmented scar, your skin is actually trying to rebuild itself and bring back the natural color that was once there. Depending on how dark the scar gets, you can use bleaching creams, lotions, or for especially dark scars, laser surgery. For the most part though, over the counter acne medications will usually help lighten the pigmented scar until it is barely visible.
For an ice pick scar however, the treatment is much more intense. You may need a chemical peeling using lycolic or salicylic acid to peel away the top layers of skin so that new skin can form. These peels are usually done in a series of acne treatments over a few weeks or even months. Dermabrasion or laser resurfacing is the most effective on ice pick scars. This is when the top layer of skin is removed with either a rotary wire brush or diamond coated stone. Although it may not remove the scar completely, it will make it much less noticeable.