How to Diminish the Look of Acne Scars

Acne Scars Treatment

After a detailed exam, the depth of scars and the best treatment to reduce them are discussed.  Many patients are surprised to find that their acne scars are actually caused by a different skin condition.  In addition, if acne is present, it must be cleared up before treatment begins to ensure that new acne scars don’t develop.

There are a number of different treatments that can remove acne scars:  laser treatments, chemical peels, fillers, and RF microneedling.  Some treatments work better than others, depending on the depth of scars, skin inflammation, and loss of collagen.


Laser Treatments

No one laser acne treatment or light will treat all of the different skin conditions of the face that lead to scars.  There are many different types of lasers and lights used to treat facial conditions:

  • Blue and red light devices
  • Infrared light
  • Photodynamic therapy (PDT)
  • Photopneumatic therapy

Just remember that a laser or light is not 100% effective.  However, when combined with other treatments or medications, many people see great improvement in their acne scars after several treatments.


Chemical Peels

Another choice for those wanting to get rid of their acne scars is chemical peels, sometimes referred to as derma peeling.  Whether the chemical peel is to treat acne scars or diminish signs of aging, patients will see:

  • Fewer lines and wrinkles
  • An even skin color
  • A brighter complexion
  • Smoother skin

Chemical peels are used to treat a variety of skin issues, such as:

  • Acne
  • Age spots
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Dull complexion
  • Fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth
  • Freckles
  • Melasma
  • Rough skin
  • Sun-damaged skin



Depending on the type and depth of an acne scar, the type of filler and the results can vary from patient to patient.  Not all scars respond the same way to fillers.  Therefore, until a patient has a thorough discussion with their dermatologist, choosing the best filler should be postponed.


RF Microneedling

The next technological step past using lasers is now being used at Coast Dermatology & Laser Center.  By using gold-plated microneedles, Dr. Glenn Goldberg, the skin specialist doctor, is able to treat the dermis where the scars reside and not affect the top layer of skin.  This means that darker skin tones, which once shied away from laser treatments for acne scars, can now use the INFINI RF Microneedling treatment for their acne scars removal.

The INFINI RF system works by delivering controlled radio-frequency energy to the acne scars that live deep under the top layer of skin.  This RF energy breaks down acne scars, while leaving the top layer of skin untouched.  This provides better results and less down time.

INFINI RF treats:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Acne scars
  • Tone and textural changes
  • Sagging skin

To learn more about giving your face a smoother appearance and reducing acne scars, contact Dr. Glenn Goldberg and the staff at Coast Dermatology & Laser Surgery Center for more details.

About the Author: For those who have had severe acne and are left with scars, removing acne scars can help heal emotional scars as well.  Dr. Glenn Goldberg, the best dermatologist in Orange County, California, and the team at Coast Dermatology & Laser Surgery Center offer the best acne treatment in Laguna Niguel with INFINI RF (radio-frequency) microneedling.

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