Acne is already difficult to deal with on its own. The fact that it can leave behind scars makes it even more frustrating, and an uneven complexion due to acne and scarring is a source of concern for many people.
Unfortunately, acne scars often don’t go away on their own, though they do fade with time. But the good news is that numerous scientifically-proven treatments can help fade your acne scars!
About Acne Scars
Acne comes in multiple types and severities, and so do the resulting scars. Acne scars can be depressed, raised, or can show up as dark spots (hyperpigmentation). Though almost everyone deals with acne at some point in life, some people are more prone to scarring than others.
There are also a few things that increase your risk of acne scarring, such as:
- Picking at your skin or popping pimples
- Not sufficiently treating your acne
- Severe acne, which is more likely to scar
- Genetics, or having family members who struggle with acne scarring
Will Acne Scars Fade?
Depending on the type of acne scar, it will most likely fade with time. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, or scars that appear as dark spots, typically become lighter after a few months. However, though they may fade, most acne scars are permanent unless treated.
That’s why it’s essential to practice good skincare habits and prevent acne scarring as much as possible. When scars do occur, you have numerous treatment options to lessen their appearance.
Treatments for Acne Scarring
At Capital Laser & Skin Care, our board-certified dermatologists will assess your skin to help you create a personalized treatment plan. We offer a wide range of skin treatments, including many options to improve acne scars. One of our board-certified dermatologists, Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, Dr. Geeta Shah, or Dr. Tania Peters, will discuss our top acne scar treatments with you and recommend the best one for your skin.
Microneedling uses tiny needles to cause microdamage to your skin, which triggers your body’s natural healing process. Paired with radiofrequency energy, RF microneedling stimulates increased collagen production to heal your skin from the inside out for a smoother, clearer complexion.
Laser Skin Rejuvenation
Capital Laser offers multiple laser treatment options to rejuvenate your skin, many of which may help lighten hyperpigmentation and increase collagen production to reduce the appearance of acne scars. We often recommend laser treatments with Fraxel® Dual or Halo® for acne scarring.
Chemical peels come in multiple customizable formulas that can treat various skin conditions. Many patients use chemical peels to improve skin tone and texture, signs of aging, sun damage, and more. By resurfacing the skin and stimulating collagen, chemical peels can also be beneficial for discolored, early acne scarring.
Capital laser and skin care is the best dermatology practice I’ve ever been to. I’ve seen both Dr. Peters and Dr. Tanzi, who are both extremely intelligent, caring, highly skilled, practical – and gorgeous! The staff is excellent – very caring, skilled, excellent training, professional, and easy to talk to. I highly recommend Capital Laser to anyone seeking to take fabulous care of their skin. You will be in the best hands here.
Take the First Step
Interested in learning more about our acne scarring treatments? We would love to speak with you. Please fill out the form on this page to request a consultation or call our Chevy Chase, MD office today at (301) 798-9699 to schedule your private consultation at our laser and cosmetic dermatology center, located just blocks away from Washington, D.C.