The Ultimate Guide To Acne Scar Treatment

We all know prevention is better then cure, but if you missed the boat, don’t be discouraged. There are still hope because there are many known effective methods to treat acne scars as well as treating acne.

If you are new to acne scars and want to know more about it, check out our post here first. Otherwise, let’s jump straight to the scar treatment methods.

Therapy for Acne Scars

There are many ways to treat acne scars but not all of them are equal. They are different in term of effectiveness, cost and risk. Depends on the type of scars you are having, pick the best appropriate methods that work best for you.




Dermabrasion is a method to remove supper layer of skin using wire brush and rough-edges diamond wheel. The area need to be treated will be cleaned and numbed before the procedure. During the procedure, wounded skin will bleed but will regrow and recover themselves after 7-10 days. New skin is different color at the beginning but will fade and become same as the surrounding after 2-3 months.


This method is normally recommended for those having rolling scars or hyper pigmentation. After the procedure, take note of these few things while the skin is healing:

  • Routinely clean your face few times everyday to prevent infection
  • Change and apply ointment according to interval instructed to promote healing
  • Avoid sun exposure and apply sun block if you have to be outdoor



This is similar sanding technique as “dermabrasion” but it is less aggressive because only minimal abrasive instrument are used to gently remove the uneven outer layer skin. Normally, tiny exfoliating crystals are sprayed on the skin by plastic surgeon to “sand” the skin and numbing not required.

Microdermabrasion works for all skin types with different colors. It is normally used to treat lighter scarring or discoloration. Affected skin area will fully recovered from temporarily pink within 24-48 hours with no side effects of skin discoloring or scarring. However, it is not effective for those with deep scarring or marks.


Laser Resurfacing

Laser resurfacing, also known as “lasabrasion” help to reduce irregular skin by using concentrated beams of light. It can improve the irregular skin surface precisely – layer by layer. Two type of lasers commonly used are carbon dioxde (CO2) and erbium. Erbium laser resurfacing is better than CO2 in the sense that it can minimize the burning of surrounding tissue, and hence works even for people with darker skin tones.

Chemical Peels

Freckles woman having a cosmetic treatment at the beauty salon.

Depending on your scar, mild chemical will be used to peel away affected old skin and replaced with newly grow skin. Light acne marks are best treated with this method.

Chemical peels can be use to lessen the appearance of acne scars by applying acids to the skin once every two weeks. The acid will remove the dead skin cells and stimulate the new skin to grow more rapidly. There are various type of skin peels offered where you can consult your doctor for the right one suitable to your skin type, tone and condition.

*Despite chemical peels can be applied at home, we strongly recommend you to get help from skin specialist and not to do it on your own.


Excision & Punch Replacement


For excision, the doctor will cut into the skin to remove the acne scar and then stitch the wound. As for punch replacement, acne scar will be removed and the wound will be replaced with a skin graft, usually taken from behind the ear. This sort of treatment is suitable for patients having icepick scars with thin and deep holes.


What’s Next

There are many type of acne mark therapies but only ONE common question – Do they work? 

All the method described above have different success rate, method that works well on one person might not work perfect on another individual. We understand your face is extremely important to you, both physically and mentally.

With the advancement of dermatology, getting rid of acne scar is no longer impossible and difficult. The choice that you should make depends on factors such as scar type, cost, individual condition and history. Please check with your local skin specialist concerning the most effective therapy for your case.



This article serves as information references and is never intended to be or to replace a clinical or professional recommendation. Please consult your medical professional regarding your medical concerns. The author is not responsible for any result or damages arising from information acquired from this post.


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