Acne scars most frequently occur on the face and neck areas, however patients who have a tendency to scar can present with acne scars on the back, shoulders and chest areas. These scars are usually different compared to the scars on facial areas, and are usually raised, lumpy and red. This type of scarring is called hypertrophic or keloid scars, and are more difficult to treat compared to scars on the face. Very early scars can be softened with Vascular laser, however steroid injections work best. Most patients will notice improvement with a series of steroid injections.

Facts on treating acne scars on the body

  • Acne scars on the body are much harder to treat compared to the face
  • Body acne scars usually occur on the chest, back, and shoulders
  • These scars are usually raised, lumpy and red
  • Early acne scars in these areas maybe lumpy, sore and itchy
  • Acne scars on the body usually respond poorly to laser
  • Hypertrophic or keloid acne scars are best treated with steroid injections
  • Injections can flatten the scars over time, and make scarring less visible
  • Red scars fade over 12-18 months, but vascular laser can reduce the redness over a few weeks
  • Prevention of further scarring forms the basis of management

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