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How to prevent and Treat Acne Scars

If you are suffering from acne, please dont worry.

Acne is a treatable and not life-threatening condition; the key to acne is seeking early help.

Because the damage that acne can cause should not be underestimated.

It can lead to scarring or dark marks on your skin.

In addition to having profound effects on your self-esteem.

As part of our series on scars in this article, you’ll learn how to nip acne scarring in the bud,

And the treatments that can help to treat your acne scars.

Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH)

A dark, flat patch left behind by a breakout is not a scar from acne; this is post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH).

PIH is, in fact, your body’s natural response to skin trauma, which is why you should not scratch or pick your skin.

These marks will often fade on their own, providing the trauma does not sit deep in the dermis.

A true acne scar will have an irregular texture, not just hyperpigmentation, and will appear like small indentations in your skin. T

hey can also be slightly raised in some instances.

Acne scars Treatment

If this sounds like what you’re dealing with, you likely know from experience that scars can be challenging to treat.

Several treatments can help significantly to reduce acne scars that don’t require surgical intervention.

Topical treatments are excellent for mild to moderate acne scars and many types of abnormal pigmentation.


Like the kind found in our A+ complex, it is an excellent way to stimulate cellular turnover at the skin surface and the growth of new tissue and collagen in the dermis while balancing sebum production on the skin’s surface.


This excellent treatment for smoothing an uneven surface involves using fine crystals directly applied to your skin.

The crystals help to lift dead skin cells from the surface of your skin whilst stimulating new cells and collagen production.

Because this is mechanical exfoliation, the therapist has greater control when targeting areas of concern; a course of microdermabrasion treatments is usually recommended.

Medical Dermabrasion

This treatment is not to be confused with microdermabrasion, the non-surgical treatment performed by estheticians.

Medical dermabrasion is an intense form of surgical skin planing that must be performed under anaesthetic and can only be performed by medical professionals.

It is a successful treatment for facial scarring because it reaches living tissue in the dermis; however, with new technology, this treatment has largely been replaced by lasers.

The following article on laser treatment for acne scars is a question-and-answer guide that you may find helpful.

Glycolic Peels

This ingredient comes from the acid found in sugar cane, making it one of the most natural acne scar treatments.

These peels gently remove dead, dull, pitted skin from the skin’s surface; they slouch away dead cells to encourage cellular regeneration, revealing smoother, brighter skin underneath.

TCA Peels

We recommend using this excellent treatment for scars from acne as a spot treatment.

Used in this way, you can get great results by treating scars and uneven skin texture, which may have occurred due to acne.

We don’t recommend this treatment for acne inflammation because it can also be too harsh for delicate skin tissue.

Phenol Peels

Phenol peels are the deepest chemical peels for scars and can have dramatic results on your skin, sometimes even after one treatment.

Because this treatment has side effects, phenol peels are not often used; you can read more about them here.

Severe Acne Scars

Your dermatologist can perform some of these procedures. In one, a needle is inserted underneath a depressed scar to break up the tissue manually.

Minor indented scars can be lifted with a small hyaluronic acid injection.

Deep scars, known as ice pick scars, can be removed with punch excision, and thick scars can be treated with scar gels or injected with cortisone, which will help to flatten them.

To Conclude. The naked truth

In summary, distinguishing between post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) and true scars from acne is essential for effective treatment.

PIH, a natural response to skin trauma, can fade on its own over time, while acne scars exhibit irregular textures and may require targeted interventions.

Various treatments offer solutions for different scar severities, from topical solutions like retinoids to more advanced options such as microdermabrasion, glycolic and TCA peels, and phenol peels.

Non-surgical interventions, like dermal fillers and injections, are suitable for minor scars, while more advanced procedures, such as punch excision or scar gels with cortisone injections, address deeper or thicker scars.

A dermatologist will tailor the best treatment plan for you.

One that yields optimal results in improving skin texture will help minimise the visible impact of your acne scarring.

11 replies on “How to prevent and Treat Acne Scars”

Hello There,
I stumbled across your blog as I was searching how to reverse scarring naturally, this blog is amazing, I fell onto your Urea article and now on this thread, Im still navigating myself around 🙂
Re my Scars, I seem to be seeing scars appearing on my face, I am not sure where they have come from, but it seems as though these have been old electrolysis scars and acne scar wounds that, once must have been hidden but are now manifesting outwardly, now that in my early 40’s, this has really started to depress me as I dont know if this will only get worse and deeper as time goes on, I was wondering if you dont mind leading me onto the right path?
I live in Australia, so summer is fast approaching, I am thinking of in-corporating products into my skincare routine that may assist, but not sure if I should stay away from Retin A during the warm weather, what are some of the suggestions you may advise in helping reverse some of these damages? From what I read, i would love to try Urea and possibly Retin A and or light glycolic Peels if its not too irritating for spring/summer, or if its is maybe a lower concentration level? IDK, but any thoughts of suggestions would be so so appreciated, thank you in advance and for your wonderful and informative articles, you really have given us readers some hope and a sense of direction. God bless your work 🙂
Ps: I would also love to know when your products come out and where we maybe able to find them?
Thanks Kindly.

Hi There
Thank you for reaching out. I hope you have had results with your skin? If not and you would like to discuss skin care options please do reach out and I will be happy to answer any questions you might have. Yours in skin health Samantha

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Hi there. Love the article and the info. I have been on oratane twice. Face was clear for 5 years. I think I had a sudden hormonal outbreak, which has left me with a few dark marks that are large and not fading. Not sure what treatments to do. Too scared to do micro needling. If I should do laser instead ? If so what sort of laser. So much info it’s overwhelming. I think it’s PIH OR PIE. 33 years of age from Australia. If you have any suggestions on treatments. Really not sure who to trust with my skin. Thank you for your efforts and articles, fantastic and helpful

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