Keloid Acne scar Treatments

Keloid Acne scar Treatments

Anyone that suffers from acne will inevitably suffer from scars as a result of the spots, pimples, nodules and cysts that are part of the condition. There are generally four different types of acne scar and each will require a different form of treatment, some more serious than others. These types of scar are:


  • Ice pick scars
  • Rolling scars
  • Boxcar scars
  • Hypertrophic and keloid scars

The first three types of scar on the list (ice pick, rolling and boxcar) are able to be treated using many of the traditional methods of treatment including chemical peels and laser surgery, hypertrophic and keloid acne scar treatments may require different procedures.

What are keloid scars?

Keloid scars are a form of scar that is related to hypertrophic scarring. This type of scar is fairly uncommon acne scar that is raised and lumpy in appearance. Keloid scars tend to appear as a result of complications with serious acne lesions such as nodules and cysts and appear as an excessive growth of tissue in the area of a healed skin injury.

In the case of acne keloid scars tend to appear on the chest and back; although they are not restricted to these areas and can appear on the face and neck. They will be red and can often cause irritation and itching, they may also spread away from the original scar site an affect the surrounding area.

When left untreated keloids will often reduce in size and become flatter and less noticeable, this will become apparent over several years. There may also be problems with sun exposure which can cause the keloid to become darker than the surrounding skin, the darker colour will often be permanent.

Treating a keloid acne scar

Keloid acne scar treatments will differ depending on how severe the scarring is and the skin type of the patient. The best form of treatment can be decided with the help of a dermatologist who can determine what method can work best.

Keloids are not medically dangerous but can affect appearance which can cause a sufferer embarrassment and lead onto more serious psychological problems such as depression. 

No keloid acne scar treatments are considered permanent and scars have been known to reoccur. Removing a keloid through a surgical procedure can also pose risks and lead to the forming of a larger scar.

Available treatments for keloid scars

Hypertrophic and keloid acne scar treatments have often posed problems to medical professionals; this is because there is no proven method of treatment that can permanently remove the scar.

Dermatologists may recommend one of the following treatments:


  • Laser treatments
  • Freezing
  • Radiation
  • Steroids
  • External pressure

Steroids are one of the most common forms of treatments provided by dermatologists and can be supplied in the form of injections or given as a topical treatment. In recent years, laser treatments have been tried to improve the appearance and reduce the scar.

Although no treatment can totally remove the scar, they do have the benefit of improving the appearance and reducing scars.