Acne Scars: How Do We Grade Them?

Ashley K. Clark, Suzana Saric, Raja K Sivamani

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Abstract

Acne vulgaris is a chronic inflammatory skin disease that can lead to permanent scarring. Although grading scales exist for acne scarring, there are many limitations, and there is still a need for a well validated gold standard scale for use in clinical practice or research trials. An objective measure of scar severity should be a component of global acne severity evaluations. This manuscript reviews currently available acne scar grading modalities: lesion counting; subjective self-assessment; Acne Scar Rating Scale (ASRS); evaluator-based qualitative and quantitative scarring grading systems; Echelle d’Evaluation Clinique des Cicatrices d’acne (ECCA); Global Scale for Acne Scar Severity (SCAR-S); and imaging. Despite the varying tools, most of the currently available scales do not account for scar color, depth, or change over time. A new, validated scale is needed that would allow for a more objective and accurate assessment of scar progression over time to assist with effective treatment and research.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages139-144
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Clinical Dermatology
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018

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Acne Scars : How Do We Grade Them? / Clark, Ashley K.; Saric, Suzana; Sivamani, Raja K.

In: American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, Vol. 19, No. 2, 01.04.2018, p. 139-144.

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Clark, Ashley K. ; Saric, Suzana ; Sivamani, Raja K. / Acne Scars : How Do We Grade Them?. In: American Journal of Clinical Dermatology. 2018 ; Vol. 19, No. 2. pp. 139-144.
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