Skincare SparkNotes: How to Get Rid of Every Type of Acne Scar

Lindsey Metrus


In our new series, Skincare SparkNotes, we’re going to break down your most burning skincare questions in easy, digestible pieces of information. Similar to when you “read” The Taming of the Shrew in high school (we’re not judging), our Skincare SparkNotes cards will help to quickly lay out all the key information you need to know on the subject. Except instead of “cutting corners,” per se, this series brings you fast, definitive answers to your skincare problems so you can get back to your regularly scheduled programming.

In chapter three of our series, we’re tackling something that isn’t exactly glamorous or fun, but nevertheless a problem for men and women alike: acne scars. Kerry Benjamin, founder of the StackedSkincare Spa in Los Angeles, tells us that there are two different types of acne scars: atrophic and hypertrophic. Then, there’s a skin deformity that many people think is an acne scar but is actually a discoloration of the skin. Needless to say, we’d certainly like to live without all three, but it’s important to take the right steps to make them each a thing of the past. So let’s get started, shall we?

To learn about all three of these issues, how to treat them, and more, keep scrolling!

Now, read our editors' (very) honest discussion about acne.

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