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The term ‘scarring' refers to a fibrous process in which new collagen is laid down to heal an injury. It affects 30% of those with moderate or severe acne vulgaris. It is particularly common in acne conglobata and acne fulminans. It may also be a long term consequence of infantile acne.

To reduce the chance of scarring, seek treatment for your acne early. Severe acne can often be cured.


Inflammatory acne lesions that have recently healed may be followed by:

- Postinflammatory erythema - pink or purple flat patches

- Postinflammatory pigmentation - brown marks (pigmentation), seen in people who tan easily

- Postinflammatory hypopigmentation - white marks

Their appearance improves with time but it can take many months for them to go altogether.

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