Our expert says:
Hi Lorna, thank you for the question.
One needs to differentiate between acne scarring and post-inflammatory pigmentation as both of these may be seen after acne but are treated differently.
Acne scars are best treated with combination treatments:
Topical products that contain vitamin A, vitamin C, and a combination of glycolic acid and salicylic acid.
Laser: one needs to be careful that the laser chosen is safe for your skin type and will not cause post-inflammatory pigmentation. My preference is Syneron’s Matrix IR fractional non-ablative laser.
Fillers: these may be used to lift the scars and help smooth out the depressed areas.
Punch Excision: with deep scars that have irregular borders and varying depths one can consider excision of the scars with suture closure.
Chemical peels and microdermabrasion: these treatment options may improve mild to moderate depth acne scarring.
Topical products that contain hydroquinone, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, glycolic acid, kojic acid, citric acid, mandelic acid, Bearberry extract, mulberry root extracts, licorice extract, and Arbutin.
Chemical peels: glycolic acid
Skin rejuvenation technologies that are safe for your skin type.
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