Acne scarring


Acne scarring denotes the residual marks that remain on the skin once acne lesions have healed. These scars can manifest in various ways, including redness, depigmentation, or hyperpigmentation of the dermis. While acne scars are typically permanent, they may naturally diminish in appearance over time. However, several treatments are available to address both acne and its resultant scarring, offering individuals options for achieving smoother, clearer skin.



What causes it?

Acne lesions often become inflamed due to the build-up of oil and bacteria in the pores. Acne scars can be caused when the inflammation of the lesion breaks the wall of the follicle and damages the skin tissue. Any increase or decrease in tissue formation can lead to acne scarring, and picking at your spots makes scarring much more likely.

How is it treated?

The majority of scars can be improved with treatment, and we can help minimise your scarring with a realistic treatment plan to suit you. Before we treat your scarring, we recommend treatment of any active acne first to ensure long-lasting results.

There are a variety of treatment methods available, and you should consult with a dermatologist to identify which is the most appropriate course of treatment for you, depending on your skin type, the severity of your scarring and what you hope to achieve from the treatment.

  • Chemical peels
  • Intense pulsed light for erythema
  • Subcision for deeper scarring
  • Surgical removal of scars
  • Injections, to soften keloid scars
  • Laser treatments, including fractionated laser
  • Radiofrequency treatments