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Four Effective Treatments for Acne Scarring

By April 23, 2019May 11th, 2023Acne Treatment

Even after acne clears up, many people are bothered by the appearance of scars that remain behind. You might notice flat, red marks, discoloration, pitting, or raised bumps. While some scars go away over time, others can be permanent. Fortunately, safe, effective medical treatments for acne scarring may help reduce dark spots and other reminders of former blemishes for a smoother, brighter complexion. Consider these four options if you’ve been struggling with acne scars.


This minimally abrasive technique uses a high-speed diamond-tipped instrument to exfoliate the outer layer of skin, helping to reveal the soft, smooth surface underneath. Microdermabrasion also promotes the production of collagen, a substance that can plump the skin and help reduce the appearance of scars. This in-office procedure usually takes less than an hour.

Topical Retinoids

These chemicals are used to lighten the appearance of dark spots that occur after acne heals, a condition also known as hyperpigmentation. We prescribe retinoids with more efficacy than drugstore brands, which, with regular use, may help the discoloration fade over time.

Chemical Peels

Unlike topical retinoids, which are prescribed for home use, chemical peels are administered in the office. A peel exfoliates the outer layer of skin, which can help smooth the pitting and roughness associated with acne scars. Chemical peels usually require some time to heal, so be sure to follow a gentle aftercare skin routine.

Laser Treatments

Like other types of acne scarring treatments, laser treatments remove the outer layer of skin to help reduce the appearance of scars. We offer four different types of clinically supported laser treatments, each of which uses concentrated beams of light to help resurface and firm the skin. For acne scars, we recommend Halo or MicroLaserPeel treatments, which can reveal results in just an hour. Depending on the type of scars you have and your overall aesthetic goals, we may combine several laser treatments to create a customized plan.

Dermal Fillers

Deep-pitted acne scars may not respond to topical treatments. In this case, injectable dermal fillers can help fill in the scars and create a smooth appearance. While just about any type of filler can be used on acne scars, we recommend Bellafill, which has been approved by the FDA to specifically treat acne scars. Bellafill uses a combination of collagen and polymethyl methacrylate microspheres to help fill in pitted scars for up to a year.

Contact The Dermatology Clinic to learn more about the various treatments that we offer for acne scarring and other medical and cosmetic skin issues. Call (225) 769-7546 or complete our online form to schedule an appointment at one of our three convenient Baton Rouge area locations.