Introduction to Acne Scars:
Ice Pick Scars:
- Deep pits (usually less than 2mm across).
- Extend into the skin, giving the skin an appearance of having been punctured by an ice pick.
- Angular scars with sharp vertical edges
- May be shallow or deep
- Most often found on the cheeks and temples.
- Caused by damage under the surface of the skin
- Give the skin a wave-like appearance.
- Tend to be wide and shallow.
Mechanism of Action:
- Mechanically breaks down scar tissue.
- Activates cellular enzymes known as matrix metalloproteinases, or MMPs.
- Remodels scar tissue through the proper deposition of collagen and elastin.
- Addresses the red and purple discoloration associated with acne scars by increasing blood flow.
- Addresses the brown discolorations, or post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), associated with acne scars by stimulating the skin’s natural growth factors.
Female | Procedures: 6 Photos courtesy of: Cathy A. Presnick, Licensed Aesthetician; A Perfect Complexion, LLC, Melbourne, FL