When an acne outbreak occurs, the body produces more collagen to combat the tissue damage that papules, pustules, and cysts cause. If too little or too much collagen is produced, a scar will be left where the inflamed pore was. Hypertrophic scarring occurs when too much collagen is produced, leaving a raised scar. Atrophic scarring is the more common type of scar, and is a depressed scar or “pockmark” left behind due to loss of tissue. Along with scarring, hyperpigmentation, or darkening of the skin, can appear where acne once was. Usually this fades on its own, but treatments with chemical peels, laser therapies, or topical creams can help.

Acne Scarring Treatment Options

The treatment that is best for you depends on the severity and type of scarring present. Other factors including budget, downtime, and desired results will be considered by your aesthetic provider in developing a treatment plan. Sometimes more than one approach will be used in treating acne scars; these may include topical, laser, chemical peel, and filler options. Bellafill is a long-lasting filler for acne scars that provides immediate volume and lift while also supporting your skin’s own collagen production for lasting improvement. The filler is injected into the scar, raising the scar and creating the appearance of a smooth surface. Laser Genesis by Cutera is a non-invasive laser treatment designed to gradually improve the tone and texture of the skin, large pores, and scarring with little to no downtime. It also targets the microvasculature to improve the pink color of acne scars. Chemical peels use concentrated solutions of acids and chemicals that help to exfoliate dead skin cells, smooth skin, and even pigmentation. The type and strength of chemical peel treatment that is necessary depends on your specific skin type and the severity of your acne scarring. Usually multiple sessions are necessary for optimal results. Customized skincare products may be used alone or in addition to our in-office procedures. Our expert aesthetic providers will examine your skin and discuss your goals to formulate a personalized treatment plan.