Acne Scar Treatment Quiz
The acne scar treatment quiz is a way for you to answer a handful of ‘yes’ and ‘no’ questions to help you better conceptualize the type of acne scarring you have, and which types of at-home treatments you may prefer to try.
Once you take the quiz, you will see your results, which include the number of questions you answered that fit into each category, indented, discolored, and raised/other.
The quiz will also give you a short option of what type of at-home treatment may be best suited for you to start with based on the questions you answered.
You can also read through the descriptions below to see what type of scarring fits yours the best, and the available at-home treatment options you can choose from based on what fits you.
Note: This quiz is not meant to be recommendations or advice, and no matter your results, you may need to consult with a professional dermatologist to get an opinion of what is best for you.
Note #2: The best at-home acne scar treatment type quiz is simply a fun way to help you think about the type of acne scars you have, either indented, discolored, or raised.
Acne Scar Quiz Summary
If you would rather read here and not take the quiz, here is the TL;DR summary:
Indented acne scarring:
Indented scarring is categorized as atrophic scarring and means you have some type of indented scar that looks like a hole, wave or impression in the skin. Indented acne scar types include rolling scars, boxcar scars, pitted scars, ice-pick scars, and any acne scar that is visible as an indent in the skin which forms due to lack of collagen production during the acne healing process.
Indented acne scarring at-home treatment:
- Before bed, 1X a week, roll a micro-needling roller on acne scarred skin areas lightly, 5 times in each direction, making sure to avoid your under-eye and nose areas.
- Right after put a very light layer of copper peptide serum on the areas you just rolled and go to bed. Then each night after that, keep applying a light layer of the copper peptide serum to the areas.
- In the morning you’ll want to wash off the copper peptides, and then apply Vitamin C and soothing, moisturizing ingredients such as Argan oil, coconut oil and Derma-E Gel to soothe skin while it heals.
That’s it. Repeat this process every week to 4 weeks depending on how long your skin’s healing process takes. You’ll start to see visible progress each month that will add up over time.
Note: You’ll need to clean the derma-roller after each use by soaking it in 70% isopropyl alcohol for 5 minutes. You can only use the derma-roller around 5 times, and then you’ll need to get another one, as the blades dull and need to be replaced over time.
Discolored acne scarring:
Discolored acne scarring is technically known as ‘discoloration’, and not ‘scarring’, as it is not as permanent or as deep as indented, textured acne scarring on the skin. Discolored acne scarring is usually characterized by red or brown marks on the skin that aren’t indented or textured.
Discolored acne scarring at-home treatment:
- Apply an acne-scar focused Vitamin C serum to the discolored areas, and over the entire face if desired, each morning and night as part of your daily skincare routine.
- To get deeper absorption and faster results, you can also lightly roll a derma-roller on your skin 1X a week before you apply the Vitamin C serum. Only use the derma-roller on skin that does not have any active acne or open wounds.
Note: If you use the derma-roller, after each use you have to clean it by soaking it in 70% isopropyl alcohol for 5 minutes, and you can only use the roller around 5 times because its blades dull over time and need replacement.
Raised acne scarring:
Raised acne scarring is when too much collagen is formed while acne is healing, and results in a raised scar growth on the skin that is the opposite of an indent.
Raised acne scarring treatment:
Raised acne scars can be treated by going to a dermatologist and getting a professional consultation. Often they will prescribe gel treatments, injections, surgery or other treatments that can only be performed with their help in a professional in-clinic setting.
You can’t do micro-needling or use non-prescription creams to treat raised acne scars, which is why you need to go into a dermatologist to get specific treatment advice and help.
Then, it helps you choose the best at-home treatment products for your acne scars if you have indented or discolored scarring.
If your scarring is raised, it tells you to find a dermatologist to get in-clinic treatment
Take the quiz separately for each scar type you have, for example, if you have indented scars on one part of your face, raised scars on another, and discolored scars on another, you can take the quiz one time for each.
Disclaimer Note: This is not meant to diagnose or be medical advice. You may speak with your doctor or dermatologist with any specific questions and to get specific advice.