Treatment of Acne Scarring

Treatment of Acne Scarring

It is commonsense that anyone should wait for acne activity to subside for a number of months, before proceeding with the correction of acne scarring. Even the dermatologists advise that prior to correcting acne scarring, wait until acne activity has been low or absent for several months. Scars tend to soften in their appearance with time, which is an improvement. However, the contrast in the colors of the skin and large scars can be quite difficult to deal with. Prominent depressed or flat scars occasionally lead people to infer that they are active lesions, not remnants of lesions. However, they do tend to leave permanent marks of past acne attacks.

Cosmetic Surgeons offer a number of procedures for removing or rectifying such marks:

Chemical Peel

This procedure involves the application of chemical agents to the skin in order to remove the outermost layer. This is effective on superficial scarring caused by acne, and also irregular pigmentation developed in the skin. The degree and extent of scarring and also the skin of the patient are the factors considered while determining the doses and concentrations and also the choice of chemicals.

Laser Resurfacing

When the scarring is quite prominent, this technique proves to be effective. High-energy lasers are used to remove the upper layers of the skin, resulting in an even and smooth contour of the skin.

Punch Excision and Grafting

Laser resurfacing may fail in case of scars that are narrowly pitted. A surgical instrument known as the punch can be used to remove these scars. The resulting blemish can be rectified by a minuscule skin grafting procedure (that usually yields excellent results). This process is often followed by a laser resurfacing or chemical peel procedure in case of mixed kinds of scars.

Colllagen Implantation

A few smooth-edged and soft scars respond adequately to collagen. Collagen, a natural protein, can be injected under the wound or lesion to counter its depressed state and raise it to the same extent as the rest of the skin.


Successful control and treatment of acne requires prolonged therapy under the supervision of a dermatologist. Only you are responsible for the care to be taken in this area. A bit of time and a little effort are all you need to overcome this disorder forever and for good.