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What Are Acne Scars And How To Properly Treat Them?

February 28, 2022

One of the most difficult realities about acne is that almost everyone has dealt with this issue at some time in their life. If you have acne, whether it was caused by hormonal acne or a permanent type of acne, it may result in acne scarring, which can negatively impact the appearance of your skin over time.

Having acne scarring can make you self-conscious about your skin and treating it without the help of top treatments might seem daunting. Fortunately, there are a variety of methods accessible to you for efficiently treating and removing those scars from your skin.

We’ve put together this guide to explain the fundamentals of acne scars, how to treat them with our cutting-edge treatments, and other important facts you should be aware of while dealing with this sort of skin condition. Let’s get into it…

What Are Acne Scars?

Simply explained, acne scars are markings that remain after the acne has cleared up. While some acne heals and disappears on its own, it is common for people to have scarring after experiencing bad acne on their skin.

Why Do Some Individuals Get Acne Scars, But Not Others?

Scarring may occur for a variety of reasons, but one of them is genetics. Odds are that if your family or relatives have acne scarring, you may as well.  Scarring is also more common when the skin loses collagen as it ages.

Your skin creates new collagen as it heals after a breakout because collagen is involved in the healing process. However, it may occasionally create too little or too much, leaving a scar.

Acne is an inflammatory disorder, so keep that in mind. The intensity and length of skin inflammation play a big role in scar formation, and therefore postponing acne therapy increases the risk of scarring.

Acne scarring may also be caused by individuals picking or scratching at their acne. Picking your acne can cause scabs, which may lead to acne scarring after it heals; therefore it’s best not to touch your acne if you have it.

Types Of Acne Scarring

Depending on the kind of acne and how it’s treated, it might leave a variety of scars. Here are the most common types of acne scarring:

Rolling Scars

After moderate to severe acne, skin heals with an uneven, wavy shape, resulting in rolling scars.

Ice-Pick Scars

Ice-pick scars produce a “linear depression” on the skin, which can be described as “a wound that wasn’t sewn up.”

Boxcar Scars

Boxcar scars are scars that resemble a box and create a “wider, depressed” scar.

Keloid Scars

When the skin generates too much collagen, keloid scars form, giving scars an elevated look.

Dark Spots

Skin appears red to purple due to dark patches or stains.

Treatment Options For Acne Scarring

Your therapy will be different depending on the kind of acne scars you have. To treat and erase the look of these scars, a variety of approaches and techniques are performed. The following are some of Burlington Medical Aesthetics most popular and common types:

Chemical Peels

A chemical peel, also known as chemexfoliation, improves the look of your skin by using a chemical solution. A chemical solution is administered to your skin during this therapy, causing stress or harm to the layers of your skin. The layers of skin finally peel away, exposing more youthful skin underneath. The new skin is smoother, with fewer creases and wrinkles, and it lowers the appearance of acne scars, resulting in a more even hue and a brighter complexion.

Best Suited For: Acne scars of all varieties, particular for deeper scars.


Microneedling pricks your skin with tiny needles, as the name implies. To repair the microscopic wounds caused by the needles, your skin creates more collagen during the skin-pricking procedure.

The notion is that the newly generated collagen will assist to smooth out your skin’s look, filling in fine lines, wrinkles, and scars.

Best Suited For: People who have depressed acne scarring on the skin.

Laser Treatments

Without the use of chemicals or washes, laser therapy resurfaces the skin. It removes the top layer of skin to show the younger skin cells underneath, which will make scarring look less noticeable.

However, laser therapy is not ideal for everyone, since its effectiveness is mostly determined by a person’s acne scars and skin type. Some patients, particularly those with sensitive skin, may have an unexpected response to the therapy.  It is always recommended you see an expert before determining which treatment options are best for you.

Best Suited For: All acne scars and lighter skin tones are ideal candidates.

Skin Resurfacing Opus Plasma®

The Opus Plasma® is the first and only plasma technology currently available. This unique device creates small wounds in the skin using metal pins charged with high radiofrequency energy, driving the body’s natural wound healing mechanism to make new collagen. When it comes to repairing deeper wrinkles, skin laxity, and skin tone and texture, the collagen stimulation and rebuilding process is critical.

Best Suited For: Any skin type and tones including all types of acne scarring.

Acne Scars: How Long Until They Fade After The Treatment?

If you’re researching treatment options, you’re undoubtedly curious about how long it will take for the scars to disappear. The kind of scar and the treatment approach will have an impact on the response to this question. Because you may need more treatments, your doctor will inform you when your scarring begins to fade and what to anticipate following your initial treatment.

Burlington Medical Aesthetics Most Effective Acne Scar Treatment Options

Acne scars may be a bothersome reminder of acne and can lower one’s self-esteem, but they don’t have to be permanent.

Many individuals find that one or more treatments using the Opus Plasma® or Morpheus8 can work for them. Receiving professional care at Burlington Medical Aesthetics may also aid in the removal of acne scars in situations of persistent scarring using revolutionary technology at fair prices. Our team of experts is ready to develop a safe and effective treatment plan suited to your skin type, type of acne, and skin tone. You’re one step closer to clear and smooth skin.

Reach out to our office to book your appointment for Acne Scars treatment today!