Options for an acne-scarred face

Options for an acne-scarred face

The severity of your problem will dictate the kind of results you can expect to achieve, and though many treatments exist to help improve the appearance of acne and acne scarring, it’s not always possible to remove all traces.

However, that being said, improvements in technology are being made all the time, and a personalised treatment plan worked out in conjunction with a qualified dermatologist can really make a difference to the overall tone and feel of your face.


What kind of scarring do you have?

Identify the types of scars you have. Ice Pick scars are the most common. Ice pick scars are deep, very narrow, and extend down into the dermis. These types of scars can become quite large, and look similar to a big open pore.

Boxcar scarring is slightly more rounded, or oval. These types of scars have steep vertical sides, making them much wider and more obvious than ice pick scars. They are most common on the cheek area, and often look like chicken pox scarring.

Rolling or “wave-like” undulations are caused by damage under the skin’s surface. They are wide and shallow in appearance. Keloid scars, or hypertrophic scarring, are raised from the skin, firm in texture and common to the back or chest, and sometimes the face and neck. They are much more likely to reduce in size over time.

What kind of treatments are available?


Subscision undermines deep acne scars by using a sharp instrument, normally a needle or tiny scalpel. The instrument is introduced through the skin and breaks up the fibrous bands of scar tissue. This encourages the production of collagen so that the scar rises and subsequently flattens.

Punch Excision

This is a surgical technique that corrects deep scars like ice pick and boxcar scarring. A cosmetic doctor uses a punch biopsy tool, a sort of circular blade, to physically cut out deep acne scars. The skin that remains is sutured together with as single stitch, and when healed leaves almost no mark.


Dermaroller is a skin-needling treatment that stimulates skin regeneration and repair without damage to the top layer of skin. The treatment is perfect for acne scarring because the rolling sensation triggers the production of new collagen, smoothing out broken skin.

Skin Peels

Skin Peels resurface the skin, encouraging cell regeneration to leave you with smoother, healthier skin. Skin peels come in many different types, and can be catered to your exact skin type.

Pixel Laser Resurfacing

Pixel Laser Resurfacing a very precise and particular procedure that targets scars without affecting surrounding tissue. Because of this, healing time is much fast than in most other methods. Pixel treatments encourage collagen production under the skin, filling in acne scar depressions.

Whatever treatment sounds right for you, consult with a skincare professional for advice about the best steps you can take to help with your acne scarring.

This post was guest-authored by Laura Williams, author of free acne eBook ACNE: A comprehensive guide to identifying, treating and generally showing spots who the boss it.