Despite how it looks, a lot of acne scarring isn’t an actual change in the texture of the skin. It’s really just hyperpigmentation or erythema (brown or red spots). That’s good news because, while there’s no ingredient or device that can make scars totally disappear, there are a number of products and treatments that are very effective at bringing the discoloration down. These are a few of the most widely recommended.
This in-office dermal filler is approved for the correction of moderate to severe, atrophic, distensible facial acne scars on the cheeks in patients over the age of 21. Upon injection, the collagen goes to work immediately, adding natural-looking volume and lift, which softens acne scars. You’ll notice an improvement before you even leave the office. Your body will metabolize the collagen naturally over time, but the results will remain intact. Even more, there’s no downtime. You’ll be able to return to normal activities right after your treatment.
Combining two different technologies, microneedling and radiofrequency, this treatment’s proven to be remarkably effective at improving an array of skin issues, from acne scarring and stretch marks to fine lines and wrinkles. After a topical numbing gel is applied, the board-certified dermatologist uses a microneedling device to penetrate the skin. At the same time, fractional radiofrequency technology is delivered right to the dermis.
The heat energy encourages collagen growth and tissue tightening precisely at predetermined depths in the skin, which significantly improves wrinkling, scarring, and skin laxity. Downtime is usually about 24 hours. After that, you can start wearing makeup again to cover any lasting redness.
Fractionated laser skin resurfacing
Fractionated laser skin resurfacing, like microneedling, basically triggers a healing response in the skin. Microscopic columns of injury are created in the treated area—it looks like your skin has tiny holes—setting in motion the body’s natural collagen rebuilding process, all while leaving the healthy surrounding tissue intact and untouched.
Depending on the intensity of the treatment, you can expect anywhere from a few days of redness to up to 10 to 14 days for a very high-intensity treatment. In the meantime, the new collagen generated by the treatment rejuvenates the skin’s appearance, and those improvements will continue for up to six months following the procedure.