Getting rid of acne scars is the final step to clear skin.
Whether they are simple marks left over from pimples, or the deep scars that involve more layers of skin – this page has all the information you need…
Let’s start with the easiest to treat scars – the ones that are left over from pimples or smaller cysts.
Getting Rid of Acne Scars – the less severe type
These are usually dark brown, black, or red.
They involve only the surface of the skin so there is no change to the structure (i.e. they are not indented or raised).
These could be called “pimple scars“, and usually stick around for a week or two – but sometimes much longer.
How to get rid of acne scars:
Most important – consistent exfoliation:
- Chemical exfoliation with glycolic acid dissolves the glue that holds dead skin cells together and sloughs them off. If this is done consistently, it is like revealing layer after layer of clear, smooth skin – which gets better and better. Soon those acne scars will be gone with the layers of skin!
- Recommended glycolic acid product to use here >
Use topical Vitamin C:
- Vitamin C is one of the best ingredients you can use to strengthen and heal skin. It is excellent at brightening your complexion and evening skin tone, plus it helps protect skin from UV rays.
- The most important thing with Vitamin C is to use a product with the right percentage and in the right formulation – otherwise it is useless
Optional treatment – heavier peels
A heavier chemical peel every few weeks can give skin a good kick start.
This is a nice add on if you are already using consistent exfoliation as above (give your skin one week from the exfoliation before doing a peel)
- See this page for details on how to do chemical peels at home
- Sun will darken scars, especially recent ones as they are still healing and vulnerable. Protect your skin with sunscreen and preferably shade
- Keep your skin well hydrated to help the healing process, this will also lessen the look of the scars
- Yes they are more likely to happen if you pick and squeeze, however this is not always the case. Some skin just scars easier, some pimples are deeper and do more damage
- It helps to remember these types of acne scars are often a part of skins natural healing process, and while annoying they can be treated, and will eventually disappear on their own
Have more severe acne scars? The information below is for you:
How to treat severe acne scars
More severe acne scars are deeper within the skin and are sometimes called “pock marks”.
They aren’t always indented though and can be raised.
These are harder to treat because they involve the deeper layers of skin – so no skin care product or superficial treatment will do much beyond slightly lessening their appearance.
Professional help is usually necessary, but the good news is these treatments can be very successful!
1. Professional Peels
A dermatologist can perform a series of peels, sometimes TCA or phenol. This definitely needs to be done by a pro as they really resurface the skin.
Speak to your doctor/dermatologist about the right options for you.
2. Laser Treatments
Laser treatments are extremely beneficial for a lot of skin problems.
For getting rid of acne scars they can be especially successful as they are able to penetrate the deeper layers of skin and really make a difference.
They may be more successful for raised scars rather than the pocked/indented.
Just make sure you see a very experienced professional (a doctor) and speak about your options.
A common laser for acne scars is Fraxel.
These scars need heavier treatment which involves down time and management – which is well worth it for clear smoother skin!
The most important thing to remember when getting rid of acne scars that are severe is to speak to a professional – not an esthetician but a doctor.
All the best!