How can I get Rid of Acne Scars?

Nicole Madison
Nicole Madison

Acne leaves behind scars that are both physical and emotional in nature. Fortunately, if you can get rid of the physical acne scars, emotional healing usually follows close behind them. Generally, it's best to see a dermatologist who can help you get rid of acne scars, as many over-the-counter treatments don't work or deliver only minimal results over a very long period of time. In fact, they may even make your acne worse, leading to further scarring.

Acne can cause emotional and physical scars for young people.
Acne can cause emotional and physical scars for young people.

The treatments you use to get rid of acne scars will depend on the types of scarring you have. Dark marks aren't really scars, but are commonly included in discussions of acne scarring. These marks are discoloration left behind after a pimple has gone away. They can last for years. Fortunately, a dermatologist can usually prescribe bleaching creams and lotions that can dispatch these marks quickly.

Chemical peels can be used to get rid of acne scars. For this treatment, a type of acid is placed on the affected area. It sits on the skin for a period of time before it is removed. The purpose of the acid is to take the top layer of skin off and leave the skin beneath it smoother and clearer. This treatment method works best for mild scarring.

Dermabrasion uses mechanical means to get rid of acne scars. To start, a medical professional numbs the skin. A rotating disk then uses a movement like sanding to remove the top layer of the skin. This method delivers results that last only a short time, as the scars tend to come back eventually. Also, it tends to be rather uncomfortable.

Laser resurfacing is another method used to get rid of acne scars. This method is similar to dermabrasion, with one major exception. It uses lasers to remove the top layer of the skin instead of mechanical means. Unfortunately, the results of this method are similar to those of dermabrasion, and it's common for the scarring to come back eventually.

Subcision is a type of treatment used to get rid of acne scars that are the rolling type, which usually occur on the cheeks and forehead. For this treatment, the skin is separated from the tissue underneath it. This allows blood to move into the newly created opening, raising the skin. This method typically requires several treatments to give good results.

The best treatment for acne scars is prevention. This means never picking at pimples or squeezing them. It also means avoiding acne treatments that burn the skin. Consuming a healthy, well-balanced diet can help the body to heal, and seeing a dermatologist can help you to head off pimples before they can cause a problem.

Nicole Madison
Nicole Madison

Nicole’s thirst for knowledge inspired her to become a wiseGEEK writer, and she focuses primarily on topics such as homeschooling, parenting, health, science, and business. When not writing or spending time with her four children, Nicole enjoys reading, camping, and going to the beach.

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shoeshopper- No, Accutane is not designed to get rid of acne scars. It is only meant to get rid of existing pimples. However, getting rid of your existing acne is the first step to getting rid of acne scars. You want to treat your existing acne and prevent new ones from coming. This is the best way to treat acne scars. Accutane is very effective at treating existing acne and preventing new pimples from forming.


anon64358-Thank you for the helpful information. I will be sure to give those tips a try.

Also, does anyone know if using Accutane will help get rid of acne scars?


Here are some of the home remedies to get rid of pimple scars:

1. Tomato, which has vitamin A. Vitamin A, controls the production of excess sebum and also an excellent antioxidant. Slice tomato and apply slices directly to skin.

2. Your skin needs water to keep the skin plump, remove toxins and build new skin cells. Drink at least 80 ounces of filtered water a day to give your skin the quality and quantity of water it needs to reveal healthier, fresher skin.

3. Cucumber is one of the refreshing treatments used for the treatment of acne. Blend the cucumber into a paste and apply it on the spots. Leave it for 30 to 45 minutes and then wash it off.

4. The sandalwood and rosewater blend can be used as a facial mask and cab be instantly applied on the pimple areas of skin. Wear it during the night before going to bed.

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