Acne Scar Treatment

Acne Scar Treatment Options

There are many wonderful acne scar treatment procedures on the market today. These procedures were designed to relieve an individual of the various scars that can be formed from acne. Those scars include:

    • Ice pick scars, which are commonly seen. The skin will look like it has been punctured with an icepick.
    • Boxcar scars are also commonly seen. These can be shallow or deep, and are found most often on the cheeks or the temple.
    • Rolling scars are caused by damage sustained under the skin. They have a wide and shallow appearance.
    • Hypertrophic scars are less common. They are raised and lumpy, and tend to be on the back and chest, but have also been seen on the face and neck.


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Different Acne Scar Treatments

There are many different acne scar treatment procedures that an individual can decide to have done. To help acne scarring, your skin specialist may recommend fractional laser treatments, dermal fillers, skin needling, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels. A few top treatments for acne scarring include:

      • Fractional Laser Treatment

        This acne scar treatment treats boxcar, rolling and icepick scars. Four to five treatments are usually needed for this procedure. This treatment was designed to be safe and effective for smoothing out the surface of the skin. After the treatment, which utilises a numbing cream and a cooling fan, the skin will appear to be pinkish for 3 to 5 days. The skin will flake as new skin is being formed, so a moisturising cream can be used to help relieve this.

      • Dermal Fillers 

        Dermal fillers are an acne scar treatment that will treat rolling and boxcar scars. There are many different types of fillers that can be used for acne scarring. An individual’s skin specialist will be able to decide which type of filler is best suited for the patient. A needle will inject the filler into the scar after a numbing cream is applied. Ice can be applied to relieve any pain. Immediate results will be seen with dermal fillers.

      • Skin Needling 

        Skin needling is an acne scar treatment that treats rolling scars. Results can be seen in 1 to 2 treatments, but can take 8 to 12 months to fully appear as new collagen is being built. Recovery time is very brief since there is no damage done to the epidermis. The skin is punctured with a needle at a controlled depth, to cause injury to the skin to help new collagen be rebuilt. Skin needling is a very quick procedure that often only takes a few minutes to an hour to complete. A numbing cream or local anaesthetic may be used. A minimum of 6 weeks is needed between each needling session to allow new collagen to form. Most individuals tolerate skin needling very well. Each individual will be different in determining how many sessions are needed for skin needling, however, for moderate acne scarring, it is recommended that 3 to 4 treatments are used.

When looking for a skin specialist to perform any acne scar treatment, ask to see the before and after photographs of procedures they have personally done. Always ask the skin specialist if they are board certified, how long they have been doing the procedure that has been selected, as well as what the expected outcome will be. See if anyone will be helping with the procedure, and if so, find out what qualifications he or she has. It is also a good idea to ask for testimonials from patients the skin specialist has seen, or ask if they have references for patients that have had an acne scar treatment similar to the one suggested.

At Advanced Dermatology to ensure patient satisfaction and best results for all our patients, all our staff are certified and qualified clinicians. All injectable treatments are performed by a cosmetic specialist doctor. To see how we can help you with your acne scars, contact us today.


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7 replies
  1. Milena R.
    Milena R. says:

    Well… I have some acne scars, but they aren’t that bad. Still, I wanted to get rid of scars, but removing acne scars with creams is a terrible job, one that never pays off. And since I work on TV, I need to look my best at all times. And girl, yes, there is foundation but there is no foundation to conceal my lack of self-confidence. I just didn’t like my cheeks full of black lines and purple dots from all those acne scars. Some people said it’s not much, but I knew I had to step up and do something. I got the laser for acne scars. After the first session, I didn’t notice any changes, but after the second one I have to admit I saw a bit of improvement. Will it cure acne scars? What do you think?

  2. SweetCindy
    SweetCindy says:

    I on the other hand had a great experience with my doctor. After the consultation, I didn’t have any high expectations, which I believe is great for the start. Don’t expect too much, and especially don’t expect anyone to be your miracle worker. The procedures I had done to treat acne were professionally conducted, and the staff was more than kind and helpful. The six months I spent going in and out of the clinic were made a lot more easier thanks to wonderful people who worked there. My extreme case of acne scars has been improved with several treatments for acne and I am so happy with the outcome after so many months. So thankful that I’ve picked a great team of people!

  3. Curious Belle
    Curious Belle says:

    Hello. I have a simple question that might sound stupid. I have yet to start my acne scar-healing journey, since I haven’t even scheduled an appointment or even researched any pimple scars treatment. Do acne scars go away with only one treatment if you don’t really have that bad of a skin. I might have less than ten scars, but since the acne creams don’t work at all, I’d like to get something done. I just find myself confused with these terms. What are rolling or boxcar scars? The article seems to state some of the most popular procedures, but aren’t there any other options for treatment of acne?

  4. Marjorie L.
    Marjorie L. says:

    Hey everyone. Sometime ago I decide to go for a laser treatment to clear skin of all the blemishes and scars I’ve had. So far, I’ve done a couple of sessions of the fractional laser treatment, and I think that the condition of my skin is really improving. In my opinion, the scars have faded a lot. They are not completely gone, but some of them I don’t even notice anymore, which rather makes me look more fresh and young. It definitely does help. My experience has been positive, and seeing these changes made me write this. I wanted to send a message out there, that these laser scar treatments aren’t a fraud of any kind, and definitely provide good results.

  5. Jay
    Jay says:

    To cut the story short, I’ve had acne since I was 11. Now I am 29, and I think that the time I’ve put up with it has been long enough. I contacted a bunch of my girl friends who knew a lot about this topic, and probably do know a lot more about beauty in general. I’m a guy, so I never really cared much about this stuff. Now I’m 29 and single, and I do care about my appearance. A cousin of my friends suggested I get an acne cream, but of course, I skipped over that, because that never works. Then she told me about acne treatments that are done in clinics, and which do cost a lot of money but can offer some kind of result. So, tried the fractional laser treatment. Had it done once, nothing happened. Didn’t feel any pain tho, it was quite an uneventful treatment. Just wondering whether any effects will kick in later on?

  6. No needles please!
    No needles please! says:

    Honestly, I’d never get anything with needles done. It’s so much more invasive then you need to go for. I feel like at this age, nobody needs to put himself or herself through something like that. And I’ve always been afraid of what needle punctures can do to my skin. I mean, my skin is so sensitive, and I’ve had severe acne since my teenage years. I can’t even remember a single period when I didn’t have acne, because they were always present. I’ve never messed around with them, although I have tried dozens and dozens of different creams. Nothing really worked, so I searched for the best acne treatment there is out there, one that didn’t have to do with expensive creams that promise you a lot and never really deliver any results. I found a clinic in Sydney that had a very good reputation and feedback from customers. Now I have a scheduled appointment to figure out which scar treatment is the best for my pimple scars. I can’t wait to see what the doctor will say! If he suggests skin needling, I wouldn’t bare it.

  7. Skin Needling
    Skin Needling says:

    After so many years of dealing with acne scars, I had the skin needling done. I’m thirty five years old, and at first I thought to get a fraxel laser treatment, but then I backed up since, lasers aren’t really my thing. I never knew how to get rid of acne scars, and I was so sceptical, since it’s been a fairly long time I’ve had them on my face. Luckily, I dared to try out the skin needling. I can say I like it. It’s an acne treatment that doesn’t give you too much downtime, because the recovery is pretty easy and goes by so fast. And in a day or two you’re back to your usual doings. After such a long struggle, I would recommend this to even younger girls. Why wait the time and be unhappy with yourselves? Skin needling worked for me, so probably it will work for someone else who wants to diminish the appearance of those nasty scars.


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