Acne can be a painful struggle that affects your confidence, self-esteem, relationships, and entire life.
But as if acne isn’t bad enough, acne scars can leave behind a lasting reminder of your struggle.
Fortunately, advances in the skincare world have led to a variety of effective treatments for acne scars. Depending on the type of acne scars you have and the severity, various treatments can help you see an improvement in scarring.
Read on to learn about the most effective treatments for acne scars and how to make informed decisions about which treatment might be best for you.
Effective Treatments for Acne Scars
1. Chemical Peels
Chemical peels are a popular treatment for many skin care concerns, including acne scars. Chemical peels involve the application of a chemical solution intended to exfoliate the skin’s top layer. Common exfoliants used in chemical peels include glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and lactic acid.
Chemical peels are an effective yet gentle way to clear away old, dead skin cells in the top layer to reveal fresh skin cells underneath. This helps promote smoother skin texture and a glowing complexion. Chemical peels are especially effective for treating hyperpigmentation left behind after acne.
At The Fresh Skin Clinic, we offer O Pro Dermal Planning Peels to deliver noticeable results with minimal to no downtime. We analyse your skin to determine the best type of chemical peel and the proper strength that will deliver instant results without being unnecessarily harsh.
Along with helping to reduce active acne and decrease the appearance of scarring, professional chemical peels can reveal a more even skin tone, improve skin radiance, reveal a smoother texture, and help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This makes chemical peels an especially appealing option for individuals dealing with both ageing and acne concerns.
Learn More: Types and Benefits of Skin Peels
This proven acne scar treatment works by creating tiny, controlled injuries in the skin. During the healing process, the micro-wounds trigger the production of collagen and elastin.
By promoting the synthesis of collagen and elastin, medical-grade skin needling can help deliver noticeable improvements in acne scarring.
Along with improvements in the appearance of acne scars, continued micro-needling treatments can help lead to:
- Firmer skin
- Glowing skin
- More resilient skin
- Decreased congestion
- A rejuvenated complexion
- Improved skin texture
- Smaller pores
- A reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
As with chemical peels, skin needling treatments can be a particularly appealing option for individuals dealing with acne and ageing concerns at the same time.
Learn More: The Benefits of Skin Needling
3. Laser Resurfacing
Fractional laser resurfacing with Venus Viva™ is a non-surgical skincare treatment that is often used to help address sun damage and signs of ageing. It is also a popular treatment choice for treating acne scars.
Venus Viva™ skin resurfacing works by creating micro-wounds with targeted beams of light. As the body works to repair the controlled injury, collagen and elastin are produced during the healing process. This process helps rejuvenate the skin, leading to a healthier-looking complexion, reducing scarring, smoother skin texture, and an overall glow.
4. Light Therapy
The benefits of light therapy are clinically proven and can help improve a vast range of skin conditions and concerns, including acne scarring. With no downtime, light therapy is one of our gentlest, most relaxing treatments.
But don’t let the gentle nature of light therapy fool you. It still produces impressive results.
Omnilux Light Therapy uses LEDs (light-emitting diodes) to deliver targeted wavelengths to the skin. Despite how relaxing and comfortable treatment is, light therapy can deliver significant results, both instantaneously and over time.
Along with helping to reduce the appearance of acne scarring and pigmentation, light therapy can also help:
- Decrease congestion
- Promote collagen growth and skin healing
- Reduce active breakouts
- Reduce inflammation
- Promote smoother skin texture
- Promote brighter, glowing skin
- Decrease acne-causing bacteria
- Promote more resilient, healthier skin
- Decrease redness
These benefits make light therapy an ideal treatment for individuals looking to treat acne scars while also helping to reduce the risk of experiencing new scars.
Learn More: 6 Benefits of LED Light Therapy for Skin
5. Dermal Fillers
For deeper acne scarring, your skin technician or dermatologist may recommend dermal fillers. For deep, depressed, or pitted acne scars, dermal fillers can provide instant and significant improvements.
Dermal fillers use materials such as hyaluronic acid to instantly fill areas of the skin that have lost volume due to scarring or ageing. A technician injects the filler into the treatment area and results typically last for several months.
While dermal fillers are non-invasive, effective, and provide fast results, they do come with a risk of side effects. Also, dermal fillers dissolve over time and require frequent maintenance injections to maintain results.
At The Fresh Skin Clinic, we prioritise treatments with little to no downtime and an extremely low risk of side effects. As such, we do not offer dermal fillers but would be happy to discuss less-invasive treatment options that would be a good fit for you.
6. Topical Treatments
For minor acne scarring or hyperpigmentation issues, topical treatments can be an ideal addition to your skincare routine.
Certain topical ingredients are proven to help reduce the appearance of acne scarring, support skin healing, reduce pigmentation, support collagen production, and promote overall skin health.
Your dermatologist or skin technician may suggest adding ingredients such as vitamin C, retinoids, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, or other skincare actives to your skincare routine.
While these products won’t produce the dramatic or instant results that professional skin treatments can, they can be an effective complement to in-office skin treatments.
By combining professional skincare treatments with a targeted topical routine, you can experience faster results from treatments and help prolong the results of your in-office treatments.
Related Reading: The Best Skincare Routine for Oily, Acne-Prone Skin
Ready to Reclaim Your Confidence? Our Skin Experts Can Help
Acne scars can be stubborn and downright frustrating to treat. And we know how much of a negative effect they can have on a person’s self-confidence.
Fortunately, many non-invasive treatments for acne scars can help improve the appearance of your skin.
At The Fresh Skin Clinic, we’re here to help you restore your confidence and enjoy the healthiest skin possible. We’ll perform a custom skin analysis using our state-of-the-art computer imaging to create a personalised skincare plan to address your needs and concerns. By determining the exact needs of your skin, we can pinpoint which treatments will benefit you the most.
From skin needling to chemical peels to light therapy, we can help you reduce the appearance of your acne scars while supporting your overall skin health. We always opt for the least invasive treatment options that still deliver dramatic results.