SkinPen® Precision and Acne Scars

Introduction to Acne Scars:

Ice Pick Scars:

  • Deep pits (usually less than 2mm across).
  • Extend into the skin, giving the skin an appearance of having been punctured by an ice pick.

Boxcar Scars:

  • Angular scars with sharp vertical edges
  • May be shallow or deep
  • Most often found on the cheeks and temples.

Rolling Scars:

  • Caused by damage under the surface of the skin
  • Give the skin a wave-like appearance.
  • Tend to be wide and shallow.

Mechanism of Action:

  • Mechanically breaks down scar tissue.
  • Activates cellular enzymes known as matrix metalloproteinases, or MMPs.
  • Remodels scar tissue through the proper deposition of collagen and elastin.
  • Addresses the red and purple discoloration associated with acne scars by increasing blood flow.
  • Addresses the brown discolorations, or post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), associated with acne scars by stimulating the skin’s natural growth factors.



Female | Procedures: 6 Photos courtesy of: Cathy A. Presnick, Licensed Aesthetician; A Perfect Complexion, LLC, Melbourne, FL