Most of us deal with acne at some point in our lives. For many people, these breakouts leave scars that make them feel self-conscious. If your acne scars affect your confidence, your Capital Laser & Skin Care team is here to help with a range of effective acne scar treatments that will give you smoother, clearer skin. 

How to Treat Acne Scars

Acne scars result when acne breakouts cause inflammation and damage to the deeper layers of the skin. While cystic acne, which forms deep, painful pimples, often leaves the most noticeable scars, even minor acne can cause them. Treating acne scars requires addressing issues such as hyperpigmentation, a pitted or sunken appearance, and scar tissue.

Chevy Chase Acne Scars

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What’s the Best Acne Scar Treatment?

Your acne scars are unique, and we offer several acne treatment options that can fade and smooth them. The best option for you depends on the type, location, and size of your scars.  

Laser Treatments

Laser treatments are an effective option for smoothing your skin’s texture and fading pigmentation issues. We typically recommend the Fraxel® Dual Laser or Halo™ Hybrid Fractional Laser for acne scars. These lasers resurface the skin, targeting hyperpigmentation and triggering new collagen formation that tightens and evens the skin. 


Microneedling with the Genius RF Microneedling system uses tiny needles that deliver precisely targeted radiofrequency energy. This treatment creates microchannels in your skin that initiate a powerful healing reaction. It also increases collagen production and helps remove scar tissue. RF microneedling can dramatically improve your skin’s texture and pigmentation. 

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are a highly customizable option for treating acne scars. Your chemical peel expert can choose a peel that addresses your concerns and develop a treatment plan that fits into your lifestyle. Chemical peels are also an excellent choice for managing acne and preventing future scarring.

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Is There Any Downtime After Acne Scar Treatment?

Each acne scar treatment works differently, so they have different recovery times. Most treatments have little to no downtime. Common effects that people experience after treatment include redness, sensitivity, and minor swelling that lasts a few hours to a few days. Some people take a day or two off from work and social activities after a more intensive laser treatment due to redness. 

Am I a Good Candidate for Acne Scar Treatment?

Your Capital Laser & Skin Care team can develop an acne scar treatment plan for nearly everyone. With our range of options, one or more will be suitable for most people. Good candidates have reasonable expectations and want to smooth and fade acne scars. If you are still having acne breakouts, we can also treat this issue to prevent future scarring.

“I got a medical facial with the aesthetician, Lauren. I honestly know nothing about skin care, but Lauren made it very easy for me to understand. She explained what skin care I should be using at home. Overall, it was a great experience, and she was wonderful! My skin has never looked so bright and clear! I highly recommend Lauren for facials!”

Take the First Step

Interested in learning more about acne scar treatment? 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.