Acne Scars Treatment


How to Best Treat Acne Scars

You may be able to reduce the appearance of acne scars with over-the-counter products, medications, and dermatologist-performed procedures, including microdermabrasion.

Active breakouts are frustrating enough, but the scars acne can leave behind can be frustrating. The good news is that acne scars can be treated.

But before treatment can start, you first have to get rid of any acne once and for all since new breakouts can lead to new acne scars.

Some of the scar treatments below can’t be done alongside typical acne medications, and the inflammation caused by breakouts can also reduce treatment effectiveness.

Pictures of acne scars

Scars are formed when a breakout penetrates the skin deeply and damages the tissues beneath it.

Before you try to treat your scars, it’s important to know what type they are. Each type responds to treatment differently, and some treatments are better for particular types than others.

Additionally, your skin tone can also be a factor. For example, for darker skin types, deeper skin laser treatments will not be recommended due to higher chances of scarring and pigmentation.

Most darker skin tones will be pretreated with 4 percent hydroquinone (bleaching cream) prior to treatments like microneedling, peels, and lasers.

Atrophic or depressed acne scars

Atrophic scars are most common on the face. A depressed scar sits below the surrounding skin. They’re formed when not enough collagen is made while the wound is healing. There are three types of atrophic scars: