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Review Article

Acne Scars: Pathogenesis, Classification and Treatment

Table 1

Acne scar morphological classification (adapted from [20]).

Acne Scars SubtypeClinical Features

IcepickIcepick scars are narrow ( 2 mm), deep, sharply marginated epithelial tracts that extend vertically to the deep dermis or subcutaneous tissue.

RollingRolling scars occur from dermal tethering of otherwise relatively normal-appearing skin and are usually wider than 4 to 5 mm. Abnormal fibrous anchoring of the dermis to the subcutis leads to superficial shadowing and a rolling or undulating appearance to the overlying skin.

Boxcar
 Shallow
3 mm diameter
3 mm diameter
Boxcar scars are round to oval depressions with sharply demarcated vertical edges, similar to varicella scars. They are clinically wider at the surface than icepick scars and do not taper to a point at the base.

Deep
3 mm diameter
3 mm diameter
They may be shallow (0.1–0.5 mm) or deep ( 0.5 mm) and are most often 1.5 to 4.0 mm in diameter.

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