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What are acne scars?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
Sometimes acne can leave scars on the skin. Scars can be small, deep holes, or wide, shallow indentations. These irregular pits are often called "pock marks," and they can form wherever acne covers the skin-most often on the face, shoulders, and back. Scars usually form only if acne is very severe, but even moderate acne can cause scarring if a person picks at acne blemishes. Although the scars are permanent, treatment options are available to help make them less noticeable.

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