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J Drugs Dermatol. 2018 Dec 1;17(12):s44-48.

Evaluation, Prevention, and Management of Acne Scars: Issues, Strategies, and Enhanced Outcomes


Acne is a common disease affecting a high percentage of the younger population. Without appropriate and effective primary prevention of scarring, post-acne scars occur in about 80-95% of all patients. Acne scarring is the result of an alteration of the healing process and it can have deep psychosocial implications for patients. Scars can involve textural change in the superficial and deep dermis and it can also be associated with erythema or pigmentation. While the most effective strategy to reduce acne scarring is to prevent its formation, over the past decades, numerous aesthetic and surgical techniques have been proposed to improve the appearance of acne scarring. However, scar treatment still remains suboptimal; indeed, acne scarring management is a difficult therapeutic challenge for dermatologists. Several treatment options have been described to treat various acne scar types and clinical responses may differ from various factors, such as skin types. Treatment approaches for acne scarring should be individualized and primarily determined by the morphological features of each patient’s scars. Dermatologists need to better organize their assessment of acne scarring and develop a multistep treatment plans tailored to address patients’ individual needs. J Drugs Dermatol. 2018;17(12 Suppl):s44-48.


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